University of Heidelberg

By car to the Landessternwarte

The Landessternwarte is located at the western peak of the Königstuhls (566 m high) close to the "Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie" and the "Märchenparadies".

From Heidelberg (South, West, North, East (north of the Neckar))

  • In Heidelberg follow the sign to "Schloß" (castle) or center, respectively.
  • After the tunnel, take the first road to the right in direction Gaiberg, Königstuhl, Märchenparadies.
  • This is only allowed for normal cars. Buses and trucks are not allowed on this road. These have to take the second road to the right after the tunnel (direction "Schloß"), pass the castle and after the castle take the first road to the right. After "Molkenkur" (turn left) they meet the road for normal cars again.
  • Always follow the road without side-turns. After several turns and several km., you will find a hut ("Blockhaus") and a parking lot. Here you have to turn left durection "Königstuhl", "Max Planck Institut für Astronomie", "Märchenparadies").
  • Directly at the crossing on Königstuhl follow the small road to "Sternwarte" in a sharp right turn. After about 150 meter you reach the gate of the Sternwarte.

From Heidelberg (East, south of the Neckar)

  • At Karlstor turn left (away from the Neckar) direction "Schloß" (castle).
  • Shortly after the tunnel turn left in direction to "Königstuhl".
    • If you miss this road, take the next opportunity to turn (direction "Eberbach") and then turn right direction "Gaiberg", "Königstuhl", "Märchenparadies".
  • Always follow the road without side-turns. After several turns and several km., you will find a hut ("Blockhaus") and a parking lot. Here you have to turn left durection "Königstuhl", "Max Planck Institut für Astronomie", "Märchenparadies").
  • Directly at the crossing on Königstuhl follow the small road to "Sternwarte" in a sharp right turn. After about 150 meter you reach the gate of the Sternwarte.

From Leimen (South) - best possibility for buses and trucks

  • Before you enter Leimen (coming from Heidelberg) turn left in direction "Gaiberg".
  • After "Lingenthal" turn left in direction to "Heidelberg".
  • After a few km. turn right in direction "Kohlhof", "Königstuhl", "Max Planck Institut für Astronomie".
  • Do not follow the road to Waldhilsbach, but turn left after "Kohlhof" to "Königstuhl". Later do not take the exit to "Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie".
  • At the next crossing on Königstuhl follow the sign to "Sternwarte" to the left. After about 150 meter you reach the gate of the Sternwarte.

From Sinsheim - B45 (South-East)

  • Drive the B45 drection "Neckargemünd".
  • After the the exit to "Bammental" turn left in direction to "Waldhilsbach", "Königstuhl".
  • After passing Waldhilsbach follow the road until "Kohlhofklinik".
  • Continue at the road to the right direction "Heidelberg".
  • Do not follow the sign to "Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie".
  • At the next crossing on Königstuhl follow the sign to "Sternwarte" to the left. After about 150 meter you reach the gate of the Sternwarte.
Please park outside of the gate.

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