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today

afternoon
24°C
40% Fineweather
3900m
Frostborder
afternoon 24°C

Thursday

Thursday
21°C
50% Fineweather
3100m
Frostborder

Friday

Friday
19°C
60% Fineweather
2800m
Frostborder

Forecast

Dry summer weather will struggle today. Humid maritime air will dominate our weather on Wednesday and will bring sunshine, clouds and thunderstorms alternating.

Tendency

The area of low pressure will only move on slowly, meaning the weather conditions will stay much the same tomorrow. Only on Friday will drier and warmer air gain the upper hand.

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The "Hohe Birga" archaeological site

The history of ancient Tyroleans

Have you always wanted to visit a real archaeological excavation site? This dream can become a reality at the “Hohe Birga” – the only open-air archaeological site in the Innsbruck area. Located just 20 minutes from the centre of Birgitz, the “Hohe Birga” gives us valuable insights into the lives of the Raeti – an ethnic group who inhabited the Alps 600 years before Christ, from Lower Engadine in the west to Virgental valley in the east and Lake Garda in the south. These “ancient Tyroleans” were driven out by the Romans during the alpine campaigns in 15 BC. Today, we can ascertain that the Romans also burned down their settlement on the Hohe Birga. Luckily, wall remnants of up to two metres still exist today, allowing us to draw many conclusions regarding the structure and architecture of this Raetic settlement.

An unforgettable journey to the time before Christ

There are many amazing things just waiting to be discovered on a visit to the Hohe Birga. The Raeti constructed three artificial terraces to make the land suitable for settlement and the many pits also indicate that the houses were set into the ground. Two of these houses were recently excavated in cooperation with the Archaeological Institute at the University of Innsbruck and are now open to visitors. The houses were multi-storey buildings and “House X”, on the upper terrace, features a particularly interesting layout with a long corridor. The lower level was made of hewn stone and constructed using the dry stone method; the upper level was probably constructed of wood. In addition to the fascinating remnants of buildings, many other valuable finds are also frequently discovered on the Hohe Birga – including ceramic vessels, jewellery and metal tools. Even objects made of glass and lead have been found here. Today, these impressive relics from the time before Christ are displayed in the new “Rätermuseum” (Raetic Museum) in Birgitz. A mysterious journey for young and old – informative, interesting and exciting.

 



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