Goseck Solar Observatory

The idyllic village of Goseck, located above the Saale between Naumburg and Weissenfels, was to most people, if at all, probably only known for its castle. But when in 1991 aerial archaeologists discovered a circular ditched enclosure at Goseck, this was to change.

The circular ditched enclosure, with its 7,000 years considered to be the oldest solar observatory in Europe, has been completely excavated and reconstructed and has made Goseck known far beyond the region.

Since the end of 2005, the solar observatory has been open to visitors and offers a journey into the past. The nearby castle offers a family-friendly exhibition about the impressive circular ditched enclosure.

Informationszentrum zum Gosecker Sonnenobservatorium
Burgstraße 53 / Schloss Goseck
06667 Goseck
Tel.: +49 (0) 3443 8206110

Opening hours (Information Centre)
daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
only by appointment or special tour
The solar observatory is freely accessible all year round.