Interreg Projekt Helmhaus. Foto vom Helmhaus

Interreg VI-A IT-AT 2021-2027


  • Total budget 419.796,00 €
  • ERDF budget 268.756,00 €
Interreg Helmhaus project. Northwest side model @Credits by HELMHAUS

Activities and purpose

The project

Located on the most popular panoramic mountain in Alta Pusteria, the Helm, the Helm House has been unused for decades and has fallen into decay. The building is located entirely on Italian territory, with the national border running along the north side of the building. The special features of the Helm House lie in its exposed location, visible from afar, and in its historical significance.

The Sillian section of the German and Austrian Alpine Club built this house and opened it in 1891. Because of the 360-degree panoramic view, it was equipped with a wooden viewing platform at ridge height. In 1925, the Italian state expropriated the Helm House and placed it under military administration. After the end of the Second World War, it was abandoned to its fate and today offers a sad sight on top of the Helm.

For several years now, the Alpine clubs have been trying to revive the house and renovate it. In cooperation between the Austrian Alpine Club and the South Tyrolean Alpine Club, the concept of an open Helm House was developed and an architectural competition was held in 2007. The project was to be realized for the Tyrolean Year of Remembrance 2009. Ten architectural firms took part in the competition. Unfortunately, the realization of the project failed at the time due to basic availability.

Now the Alpine Association South Tyrol as lead partner and the Austrian Alpine Association as project partner with the municipality of Sesto as landowner and with the support of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino (both as associated partners) have committed themselves to the realization of the transnational project. The first project phase for the “Open Helm House Cultural Project” was submitted via Interreg V-A Italy Austria 2014-2020 (ITAT 4190). This included the planning measures, the publication of a brochure, the design of the website and the cross-border Heimatsteig trail leading across the Helm House.

The winner of the 2007 competition, Arch. Johannes Watschinger, was commissioned to adapt his design to today’s requirements. These are above all the desire to turn the Helm House into an open place of gathering, but also of history, while respecting the existing building. An open wooden construction will be placed on top of the preserved whitewashed brickwork, which will finally make the house accessible again and turn a border building into a place of open perspectives and communication. The planned structural measures on the Helm House itself are part of the second Interreg project of the same name.

The partners


Alpenverein Südtirol AVS


Austrian Alpine Association


Gemeinde Sexten

Logo GECT EUREGIO Tirol - Südtirol - Trentino


GECT Europaregion Tirol-Südtirol-Trentino

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