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Solar observatory Goseck and information centre

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The oldest known solar observatory in the world is around 7,000 years old.

The circular ditch of Goseck is the earliest archaeological evidence for systematic sky observations. It consists of two palisade rings, which are surrounded by a wall. The astronomical alignment of the three gates provides a clear indication that people were already observing the sky and the course of the sun in the Neolithic Age. The imposing monument with a
The oldest known solar observatory in the world is around 7,000 years old.

The circular ditch of Goseck is the earliest archaeological evidence for systematic sky observations. It consists of two palisade rings, which are surrounded by a wall. The astronomical alignment of the three gates provides a clear indication that people were already observing the sky and the course of the sun in the Neolithic Age. The imposing monument with a diameter of about 70 m was completely excavated and reconstructed at its original location. Thus, also today, the course of the sun can be observed in the complex again. Especially the solstices in June and December are therefore also used for events. In addition to the visual effect of the Stone Age sanctuary, the special acoustics inside the complex leave a lasting impression on the visitors. Goseck Castle houses the information centre for the Goseck Solar Observatory. A small, varied presentation tells how people lived 7,000 years ago, what tools and techniques they used to build the solar observatory and how they observed the sun and stars. The exhibition shows the rediscovery of the circular ditch system in Goseck and also explains the interesting phenomenon of circular ditch systems in Central Europe. The Goseck Solar Observatory is part of the archaeo-astronomical network "Heavenly Paths". Among the five heavenly path sites in total is Nebra Ark, the visitor centre at the site where the Nebra Sky Disk was found. 

Note: Information centre in Goseck Castle

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Information Centre:
January-March:
closed

April-December:
daily 11:00 - 17:00 o'clock

The solar observatory is freely accessible all year round.
  • Bad weather offer
  • for all weathers
  • for school classes
  • for families
  • for individual guests
  • Pets allowed
  • Suitable for seniors
  • for children (any age)
  • Suitable for prams
  • German
  • English
  • Cash payment
  • Bank transfer
Information centre: 2,00 €, reduced 1,00 €
Solar observatory: free admission
By car.
By bike you can branch off the Saale cycle path (attention: gradient).

Where:

Address:

Burgstrasse 53
06667 Goseck
Phone: +49 3443 / 8206110
E-mail: brief@schlossgoseck.de
website: http://www.himmelswege.de/

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