Books and high-altitude health at the Margherita Hut

At 4,559 meters above sea level, the Margherita Hut (‘Capanna Regina Margherita’, in Italian) is the highest mountain hut in Europe… which obviously also makes its library of four hundred books the highest in the continent.

The Margherita Hut is also a high-altitude medicine research center, certified by the Italian National Health Service: climbers stopping here find doctors and researchers from the world over, available for a thorough check-up, blood pressure measurement, ECG or spirometry test.

Inaugurated in the August of 1893 at the presence of Queen Margherita of Savoy, the alpine hut is located on the Signalkuppe (Punta Gnifetti, in Italian), one of the tallest peaks in the Monte Rosa Massif, on the border between Italy and Switzerland. It was meant to serve as a laboratory since the beginning, with physiologist Angelo Mosso carrying out his research here in the early years of the 20th century.

The original hut was torn down in 1979 and rebuilt the year after.

Overlooking one of the most spectacular views on Earth, here you may relax with a good read and take care of your health at the same time. What a beautiful way of maintaining “a sound mind in a healthy body”, in a wonderful refuge in the Alps.

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January 22, 2014

Books and high-altitude health at the Margherita Hut

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