The Area of the Plöcken and
World War I
The Carnic Alps is the only part of present-day Austria, which formed part of the so-called Southwestern Front during World War I.
Numerous caverns, remnants of shelters and trenches are still reminiscent of the suffering that the soldiers on both sides had to endure.
The Association of the Dolomitenfreunde has created an open-air museum with its volunteers that attracts many thousands of visitors each year.
The open-air museum consists of four sections.
1. The Hausalm, a former cheese dairy, which was completely destroyed in the course of the fightings and has been rebuilt after the war. It not only serves the Dolomitenfreunde as accommodation during the summer campaigns, but is also the starting point of a historic material cable railway, which has been reconstructed according to original plans from World War I.
2. The MG-nose ("MG-Nase") is easily accessible from our restaurant and is an ideal destination for less experienced mountain goers. It part of the front line and served to block the Plöcken Pass.
3. The Cellon tunnel ("Cellon-Stollen") was built by the Austro-Hungarian troops to protect the supply lines to the troops deployed on the Cellon shoulder.
4. The largest part of the open-air museum consists out of the restored defens systems and trenches on the Pal Piccolo ("Kleinen Pal"). Visitor get a real impression of what the soldiers on both sides of the front had to endure and suffer.