Infopoint for the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Zans / Zannes
Since 2018 – nine years after the Dolomites were added to the World Heritage list due to their scenic beauty as well as geological and geomorphological importance – an information point on the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site is situated at the end of the Villnöß / Funes Valley besides the car park Zans / Zannes.
On the outside, the building structure mimics a shingle wood roof, while the inside consists of fair-faced concrete. Line drawings on the interior walls reflect the geological lines of the sorrounding outer mountain nature. Various seating arrangements invite you to linger, while screen animations and videos tell the story of continent formation and the shaping power of nature.
The free exhibition lines up the Dolomites World Heritage mountain range with over 200 other natural heritage sites worldwide. It also shows how the Dolomites are divided into nine sub-areas, which together form a series of unique mountain landscapes. Over millions of years, when once land and once sea predominated, tiny and large organisms built up the mighty Dolomite mountains. Ice, water and wind then gave it the finishing touches – to this days.
The exhibition runs in time laps through the more than 270 million years of formation time of this extraordinary mountain landscape. Fossils stand as witnesses of past life. At the individual stations, you will find take-away cards with hiking suggestions for the geological exploration of the Dolomites. At the end of the exhibition, the roof construction allows a telescopic view of the surrounding mountain world. Upon leaving the building, you cross the barrier towards the Puez-Geisler / Puez-Odle Nature Park and as a result to the World Heritage Site of the Dolomites.
Beginning of May to beginning of November: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
July and August: open daily;
26 December to the end of March: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Christmas and Carnival holidays: open daily