Stationed at an elevation of 2,175 metres above sea-level, the world’s highest motorcycle museum succumbed to a blazing fire at around 4:30 on January 18, 2020. The Top Mountain Crosspoint Motorcycle Museum, tucked into Timmelsjoch Pass, and sandwiched between Austria and Italy, was consumed by flames in the wee hours of the morning.
Inaugurated in 2016, and founded by Alban and Attila Scheiber, the museum housed a parade of collectibles reminiscent of bygone eras. Sprawled out across three thousand square metres, it hosted more than 230 iconic motorcycles, a set of vintage cars, and a number of replicas. A large proportion of its collection has been reduced to nothing.
According to reports, two of the museum’s staff members were awoken by the sound of the fire alarm going off in the wee hours of the morning. By the time local fire fighters reached the site, the museum’s false ceiling was engulfed in flames.
Despite the intervention of 60 fire-fighters, and the employment of snow-blowers and water-cannons, the structure had surrendered to the fire, and was at the precipice of utter destruction. Since the entire museum was made out of wood, all efforts were in vain. Not even one vehicle could evade the disaster.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire. The extent of the damage effected upon the museum hasn’t been divulged yet. No casualties have been reported.
Luckily, it doesn't sound like anyone was hurt. According to its official website, the museum closed its doors on November 3, 2020, to comply with local COVID-related regulations, and it tentatively planned to reopen to the public on January 24, 2021. Its restaurant was closed, too.
Video of the museum in better times:
Video during the fire that occurred at Top Mountain Crosspoint Motorcycle Museum: