Fire Burns Down the World’s Highest Motorcycle Museum

During the night of January 18, 2021, Austria’s Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum was destroyed by fire. The world’s highest motorcycle museum sits at the base of Timmelsjoch pass, 7,135 feet, and was home to over 300 historic motorcycles with model years as early as 1894. At this time, there is no information as to what caused the fire.

 

The Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum was founded in 2016 by twin brothers Alban and Attila Scheiber, who wanted a place to showcase their motorcycle collection, from Indians and Harley-Davidsons, along with European classics like Sunbeams and Zundapps. The museum was open to the public and held motorcycle classics from over 129 manufacturers.

Along with being avid motorcyclists, the Scheiber brothers are ski school operators, hoteliers, and cable car entrepreneurs. They had one of the largest, most valuable historic motorcycle collections at the beautifully designed museum, a mostly wooden structure built to blend in with the alpine landscape of the Ötzataler Alps.

Austria’s Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum

Alban and Attila Scheiber’s interest in engines (the museum also held classic cars), comes from their father, Alban Scheiber Senior, who was a professional race car driver.

Below are some photos from the museum’s gallery of classics that we can assume were sadly destroyed in the fire.

Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum vintage motorcycle 1

Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum vintage motorcycle 2

Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum vintage motorcycle 3

Watch us here at Expedition Portal for forthcoming updates about the cause of the fire.

Update: As of Jan. 21, the cause of the fire is still unknown and no statements have been made by the museum.

 

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Heather Lea has traveled to over 60 countries, 40 of which were on a BMW F 800 GS during a 708-day round-the-world motorcycle adventure with now-husband, Dave Sears (Trip Blog: Riding Full Circle). Heather has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and a book and magazine editor for more than fifteen. Aside from Expedition Portal, her stories can be found in Overland Journal, Canadian Geographic, Kootenay Mountain Culture, and Canadian Alpine Journal. She loves doing anything in the backcountry, including backpacking, four-wheel-driving, ski touring, and climbing. Heather is a Canadian now living in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Instagram @writer_heather_lea or on Facebook @heatherleawriter.