Astronomical Observatory Max Valier

The public observatory near San Valentino in Campo - South Tyrol’s one and only facility of this kind - is located at 1,350 m a.s.l.

The Astronomical Observatory Max Valier - “Volkssternwarte” in German, “Osservatorio Astronomico” in Italian - and the Solar Observatory Peter Anich provide insight into the world of space, the sun and the moon, and have been fascinating both inhabitants and visitors since 2002. At nighttime, you will enjoy a breathtaking view into the sky! This one and only observatory in the region is directed by the South Tyrolean Association of Amateur Astronomers, and is dedicated to the pioneer of space travel, Max Valier (1895 - 1930) who was born in Bolzano.

The astronomical observatory consists of a cupola with a diameter of 6 metres, which contains a mirror telescope, a viewing deck for small telescopes as well as a lecture room. The second building, however, the solar observatory, features a cupola of 4.2 metres which is big enough for barrier-free access. It has been named after Peter Anich, a Tyrolean cartographer of the 18th century who published the famous “Atlas Tyrolensis”.

If you plan a visit, you definitely should also make a hike along the Planetary Trail. The 3-hour walk starts at the facility, takes you past a biotope and shows the solar system in the ratio of 1:1 billion. In the village centre of San Valentino in Campo, however, located slightly below, there is the Planetarium South Tyrol, a simulation of space. All these astronomical facilities on the sunny high plateau of the Val d’Ega valley form together the First Astrological Village of Europe. And how to reach the Astronomical Observatory Max Valier? It is located in San Valentino in Campo (Gummer) and offers a big parking space. The facility is also easily accessible by public means of transport (bus no. 182, 40 minutes from Bolzano).

Opening hours - evening visits: all year round
Thursday evening (open for everyone)
Friday evening (closed groups)
reservation needed (duration: 1.5 hours)

Opening hours - day visits: from June to the end of August 2018
Fridays at 2.30 pm
reservation needed (duration: 1.5 hours)

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),

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