steinegg obergummer sternenweg planetenweg jupiter
steinegg obergummer sternenweg planetenweg jupiter

Hike on the Planetary Trail

The well-known Planetary Trail near San Valentino in Campo, east of Collepietra, gives information about our solar system.

Our starting point is the parking space at the road Collepietra-San Valentino in Campo (Steinegg-Gummer). We proceed along the small road through the landscape with meadows and woods of San Valentino in Campo di Sopra. First we follow the marker no. N to the wine restaurant "Unteregger" and find the first sign, it is a "P" and stands for Pluto.

To reach this orb, which is furthest from earth, we have to climb a small hill near the Tschigg Farm, which is known as the highest point of Collepietra. There the information panel about Pluto is located. Next we walk to the Unteregger mountain inn which is located directly at the Astronomical Observatory Max Valier with its Solar Observatory in the centre of the Planetary Trail and symbolizes the sun. We pass the planetary stations of Mars, Earth, Venus and Mercury. On our way to Jupiter and Saturn we walk through a marshland where amphibians and dragonflies live.

Walking further trough the forest brings us to the last information panels about Uranus and Neptune and finally to our starting point at the parking space. Due to the knowledge about the distances in our solar system and the varying landscape, this walking tour becomes a real event. By the way: Another similar theme trail, the Star Trail, can be found in a wood near Collepietra.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: parking space/bus stop "Planetenweg" at the road Collepietra-San Valentino in Campo
Signposts: Planetenweg, 5, 1
Distance: approx. 9 km
Walking time: about 2.5 hours
Altitude difference: approx. 330 m
Altitude level: between 1,280 and 1,435 m a.s.l.
Suitable for families? Yes! For future astronauts and astronomers an absolutely highlight! Some parts of the path are not suitable for prams.
Experienced in: June 2010

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