Astronomical observatory Max Valier

The Max Valier Observatory, South Tyrol’s one and only facility of this kind, is located in Collepietra at 1,350 m asl.

The astronomical observatory Max Valier and the sun observatory Peter Anich are located in San Valentino in Campo near Collepietra. Established in 2002, it provides an insight into world of space, the sun and moon and fascinates both inhabitants and visitors.

The observatory consists of a cupola of 6 m, which contains a mirror telescope, a viewing deck, where one can position various small telescopes as well as a lecture room. For all those who would like to know more about the telescopes, there you go with some data: mirror telescope by Astrooptik Keller (80 cm Cassegrain f10 / f6, friction drive); lense-telescope by Takahashi (152 mm APO-Refractor, f6).

If you plan a visit of the observatory you should also make a hike along the Planetary Trail. However, those who visit the observatory at nighttime will enjoy a breathtaking view into the sky. Planets, star clusters and lunar crates… an unforgettable adventure! The South Tyrolean observatory is directed by local astronomers who have also chosen the stand.

Opening hours:
evening visits on Thursdays at 8 pm or 9 pm (depending on the season)
day visits from June to October on Fridays at 2.30 pm
reservation needed (duration: 1.5 hours)
guided visit will be cancelled in case of rain or snow
Planetary Trail open all-the-year

Open House Day: March 19 and Oct 15, 2017, from 2 pm to 6 pm
Open House Night: Feb 10, 2017 (partial lunar eclipse)
Open House Night: Aug 12, 2017 (meteor shower: Perseids)

6.00 Euros (adults), free for kids under 6 years
3.00 Euros (schoolchildren, students)
free with the Museumcard or museumobil Card

Further information:
phone: +39 0471 610020 (guided visits),

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Mondschein

    Hotel Mondschein

  2. Hotel Pfösl

    Hotel Pfösl

  3. Hotel Sonnalp

    Hotel Sonnalp

  4. Residence Wiesenhof

    Residence Wiesenhof

  5. Apartments Pichler

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