For more than 14 generations, the Grassmayr family has cast bells that can be heard around the world in almost 100 countries. The family’s tradition of bell casting began when Bartlme Grassmayr cast his first bell in 1599 in Tyrol. Since then, the family has handed down the tradition from one generation to the next. Today, the Grassmayr Bell Foundry (German: Bellfoundry Grassmayr) also specializes in restoring historical bells. The Bell Museum is home to not only a museum that pays homage to the family’s tradition, but also affords visitors the opportunity to tour the bell foundry and a sound room. Visitors to Tyrol who are looking for a memorable experience will certainly find it in this unique landmark.
Just a few of the sights visitors will see in their tour is the 200-year old wood burning stove that is still used today for large-scale castings. Drop by while the foundry is performing castings and you will have the chance to actually watch the bell casters at work. Large castings are performed once a month, resulting in several bells that will be destined for countries around the world. The event is preceded by a prayer that the long and arduous process involved in the casting of a bell will be successful and concludes with a traditional Tyrolean schnaps.