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Between Heaven and Earth – Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and the world of 8000ers

Spital am Pyhrn, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for pushchairs

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For safety reasons, the K2 climbing tower in front of the museum is currently closed!

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How do extreme mountaineers think and feel? What does it take to climb the highest peaks? What do the 8000 metre peaks look like from above? You will find the answers to these questions and much more interesting information in this extraordinary museum.

In the museum "Between heaven and earth - Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and the world of the 8000 metre peaks" in Spital am Pyhrn, you can immerse yourself in the world of the 8000 metre peaks. The patron of the 400 m² exhibition is Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, who was born in Spital and is an extreme mountaineer. She is the first woman who climbed all 14 eight-thousanders without bottled oxygen.

What she experienced on the world's eight-thousanders can be experienced in the museum, which is unique in Europe. In a vivid and modern way, it shows the history of alpinism, the physical and psychological requirements for extreme mountaineering and the special features and phases of an 8,000 metre expedition. In the experience room, visitors get an impression of the extreme altitude, the steepness of the walls and feel the force of the wind. Original footage of the avalanche that destroyed the base camp of Mount Everest in 2015 is also on display.

A climbing tower modelled on K2 is located in front of the museum entrance (For safety reasons, the K2 climbing tower is currently closed!). The 8000 metre trail leads hiking enthusiasts from the museum through the Dr. Vogelgesang Gorge to the Bosruckhütte, the "base camp", and on to the Rohrauerhaus, the "high camp". Experienced hikers can hike from there to the summit of the Great Pyhrgas, which symbolically also corresponds to the summit of Mount Everest.

Rental Equipment: Audio guides (DE, ENG, CZ and NL) available at the cash desk for € 2!

Hint / Advice: For children there is the museum quiz “With Knowledge to the Summit” for €2.50. Young mountaineers explore the highest mountains in the world, symbolically pack an expedition backpack and guess what dangers and risks extreme mountaineers are exposed to.

May 9th, 2024 to October 31st, 2024:
Daily from 9 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.


649 m

Accessibility / arrival

Drive to the center of Spital am Pyhrn. Turn off at the Sparkasse where you can park for free.
You will find the entrance to the museum in the monastery building near the K2 sculpture.

  • Parking space: 100
  • Bus parking space: 5
Travelling by public transport
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Other infrastructure

Public toilets can be found at the back of the municipal office, Stiftsplatz 7.

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General price information

• Adults: € 9
• Children up to 15 years: € 4.50
• Reduced entry adults €7
(for seniors, people with disabilities, students and pupils over 15 years old)

Average length of stay approx. 1 hour.

Payment methods
Debit and credit cards
ATM card
Other payment methods
Cash payment
Discounts (Age-related / Groups)
  • Student groups with school class
    Per person € 4
    Including quiz (in German) "Mit Wissen zum Gipfel" and introduction for each person: € 6,50
  • Groups
    Groups of 15 persons or more:
    Adults: € 7
    Children: € 4

    Guided tour in German - flat rate (up to 25 people): € 50
    Appointment on request

    In the event of cancellation of a booked guided tour/workshop, we charge the following fees:

    - Up to three days before the event: no cancellation fee
    - 2 days before the event: € 35
    - At a later date or in the event of a no-show: € 50
    - The cancellation fees apply per bindingly booked guide.
Discounts (Memberships)
  • OÖ Nachrichten (news)
    Adults € 7,-
  • Pyhrn-Priel-Card
    Free entry, as often as you like
  • Phyrn-Priel seasonal pass
    Free entry, as often as you like
  • Family Card OÖ
    Parents or grandparents € 9
    Children 6-15 years according to family ticket € 1
Other discounts

Alpenverein, Naturfreunde: € 1 discount per adult Church newspaper Diozöse Linz: Adults € 7 Pyhrn-Priel employee cards Tourism & Trade and Industry & Business: - Admission at a reduced price outside the card season -20% on all Pyhrn-Priel textiles (incl. caps) in the shop

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  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for schools
  • Suitable for pushchairs
  • Suitable for teenagers
  • Suitable for seniors
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples
  • Suitable for children
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

Completely suitable for wheelchairs. The object complies with the legally stipulated ÖNORM.

  • ground level accessible
other information
  • door width (min. 80 cm)
  • Entrance to the building


Between Heaven and Earth – Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and the world of 8000ers
Stiftsplatz 1
4582 Spital am Pyhrn

Phone +43 7563 249
Fax machine +43 7563 249 - 20
E-Mail spital@pyhrn-priel.net
Web www.weltder8000er.at

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Pyhrn-Priel Tourismus GmbH
Stiftsplatz 1
4582 Spital am Pyhrn

Phone +43 7563 249
Fax machine +43 7563 249 - 20
E-Mail spital@pyhrn-priel.net
Web www.weltder8000er.at

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