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Sky Paths

The tourist route Sky Paths links a group of sensational archaeological discoveries in southern Saxony-Anhalt. The four stops on the route, at the centre of which is the Nebra Sky Disc, tell the story of our ancestors' understanding of astronomy and follow the archaeological traces of this thousand-year-old knowledge.

State Museum of Prehistory in Halle

Nebra Sky Disc
Nebra Sky Disc (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)

The Nebra Sky Disc, the oldest concrete depiction of the heavens anywhere in the world, is the most famous exhibit in the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle. Other outstanding finds are also presented in impressive displays in Germany's oldest purpose-built museum of prehistory.

The State Museum is open again after extensive renovations. The permanent exhibition has been enlarged and the museum regularly shows special exhibitions.
 

State Museum of Prehistory
Richard-Wagner-Str. 9
06114 Halle (Saale)
Tue. -  Fri.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat., Sun., Holidays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Mon. by prior appointment

 

For information on current events and special exhibitions:

Contact: +49 (0)345 · 52 47 361

Neanderthal reconstruction
The Thinker, 200,000 years ago (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)
Ice age installation
The last ice age began 115,000 years ago (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)
Shaman reconstruction
The Shaman of Bad Dürrenberg 9,000 years ago (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Bild: Karol Schauer)
Elephant butchering site installation
The elephant butchery site at Gröbern (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)

Nebra Ark - Experience the Sky Disc

Nebra Ark
Nebra Ark (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)

The Nebra Ark Visitors' Centre was set up at the foot of Mittelberg hill, where the Sky Disc was discovered. Elaborate presentations teach visitors about the secrets of this unique treasure and let them join in solving its puzzles and learning more about it. Nebra Ark's digital planetarium gives a vivid picture of the complex astronomical facts depicted on the Sky Disc. On Mittelberg hill, the findspot itself is marked by the 'Celestial Eye', an installation that brings the sky down to earth. A viewing tower shaped like a giant sundial makes the bronze age observations of the horizon comprehensible to us again today.

 

Opening hours:

- April to October daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- November to March Tue. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat.,Sun., Holidays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Mon. and on 24.12.
Contact: 034461 · 25 52 0
www.arche-nebra.de

Nebra Ark
Nebra Ark (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)
Ghost
A ghost tells of the bronze age (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)
Tower
The observation tower on Mittelberg hill (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)
Tower
A view of the heavens (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)

The Solar Observatory at Goseck

Sunset in the Goseck Observatory
Sunset in the Goseck Observatory (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)

The circular earthwork at Goseck is the world's oldest archaeological evidence for systematic observation of the heavens. The imposing monument, with a diameter of around 70 metres, was fully excavated and then reconstructed in its original position. The course of the sun can now be observed at the installation again, as was done 7000 years ago when the observatory was constructed by stone age farmers.

The gates and breaks in the palisade are aligned with important dates in the agricultural year. The solstices and the May Day spring festival are recorded here, among other dates.

The Infopoint in the near-by castle, Schloss Goseck, explains the excavations and the fascinating phenomenon of circular earthworks in an interesting and family-friendly presentation.

 

Infopoint in Schloss Goseck

Opening hours:
April to October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
November to March 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Mon. and on 24.12.
Contact: 03443 / 28 44 89
The reconstructed observatory is freely accessible all year.
www.himmelswege.de

Solar Observatory Goseck
The excavation of the circular earthwork (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Ralf Schwarz)
Solar Observatory Goseck
The reconstructed installation (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Gerd Pie)
Infopoint in Schloss Goseck
Information boards about the earthwork at the Infopoint in Schloss Goseck (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)
Infopoint in Schloss Goseck
Infopoint in Schloss Goseck (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)

The chambered tomb with the Dolmen Goddess in Langeneichstädt

Dolmen Goddess
The Dolmen Goddess of Langeneichstädt (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Juraj Lipták)

The stone chambered tomb at Langeneichstädt, with its depiction of a 'dolmen goddess' on a menhir 1.76 m high, is evidence of our ancestors' beliefs about the afterlife. The tomb and the stone column were constructed in the period between 3600 and 2700 BC. There are clear marks of smoothing on the stone of the column's sides, which probably came about because the menhir was touched frequently - perhaps in the course of magical or ritual customs.

The chambered tomb is a striking and thought-provoking stop on the Sky Paths, and also offers a sweeping view of the countryside and the mediaeval tower.

The site is freely accessible all year.
Guided tour by appointment
Warteverein (voluntary association): Herr Kaminsky

Contact: 034632 · 40 162
www.himmelswege.de

Langeneichstädt
The megalithic tomb of Langeneichstädt with the mediaeval tower in the background (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, Foto: Erika Hunold)

The Pömmelte Woodhenge

Impression from the inside of Pömmelte Woodhenge (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, photo: J. Lipták)

To the south of Magdeburg, only a few kilometres away from the Elbe, archaeologists discovered the remains of a more than 4,000-year-old cult site. Pömmelte Woodhenge is the reconstruction
of this fascinating find.

The nine-metre high viewing platform offers a perfect overview: The complex
structure consists of various timber palisade circles, pits, and earthworks. At the end of the Stone Age and the beginning of the Bronze Age the 115 m large complex was used as a central shrine by different cultures. This is testified by sacrificial pits and ritual depositions. Astronomical aspects
also shaped the construction of the enclosure. This is why it is also called the “German Stonehenge”.

The Salzland Museum in Schönebeck (Elbe)

In the neighbouring Salzland Museum original finds from the complex and its surroundings are on display in a separate exhibition room. They give clues to millennia-old ritual activities and are impressive remains of the cult site on the Elbe.

The Pömmelte Woodhenge is freely accessible all year round.
Public guided tours (no registration required):
April – October: Wed 11 am and Fri / Sat / Sun 2 pm
www.ringheiligtumpoemmelte.de


Contact and guided tours:

Salzlandmuseum
Pfännerstraße 41
39218 Schönebeck (Elbe)
contact: +49 (0) 3471 - 6842560

www.museum.salzlandkreis.de

Opening hours Salzland Museum
Tue / Fri 10 am – 4 pm
Thu 10 am – 6 pm
Sun 2 – 6 pm

Pömmelte Woodhenge seen from outside. The ridge surrounding the monument as well as its outer palisade are clearly visible (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, photo: J. Lipták)
Wooden construction inside the monument, decorated with symbols that are well known from the end of the Neolithic period (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, photo: J. Lipták)
Impression from the inside of Pömmelte Woodhenge (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, photo: J. Lipták)
Impression from the inside of Pömmelte Woodhenge (© LDA Sachsen-Anhalt, photo: J. Lipták)

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Further information on Saxony-Anhalt as travel destination at: http://www.sachsen-anhalt-tourismus.de/