Visiting groups interested in learning about our work are welcome to do so. We can arrange guided tours for groups of 12 or more. The maximum group size per guided tour is at 45 participants.
Since late 2011, the three astronomical institutions on top of the Königstuhl mountain - the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the State Observatory (Landessternwarte, LSW) and our outreach center, the Haus der Astronomie (HdA), offer joint guided tours for groups. We regret that, at present, smaller groups and individuals cannot be accomodated.
Your tour guides will be some of our PhD, bachelor or master students, able to give you first-hand accounts of astronomical research.
Guided tours usually start in the Klaus Tschira Auditorium, the HdA's central auditorium, with a brief introduction to astronomical research in Heidelberg. In the course of the tour, you will see several exhibits, including models of telescopes on Calar Alto (Spain) and the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on Mount Graham (Arizona, USA), as well as the airborne observatory SOFIA.
Guided tours usually takes about one hour and 45 minutes.
Guided tours must be booked in advance. Possible starting times are weekdays between 10 am and 4 pm (except Friday afternoon, where tours start at 1 pm at the latest). Week-end tours are offered by Astronomieschule e.V., a volunteer association linked with Haus der Astronomie.
Interest in our guided tour remains at a high level, and tours are usually booked solid for months in advance. To book a guided tour, please contact Ms. Brümmer (see contact data on the right) at the earliest possibility.