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The World of the Nebra Sky Disc – New Horizons

Corresponding locations

Planetarium Halle (Saale)

In Halle (Saale), families can reach for the stars from the end of 2021. Saxony-Anhalt's largest and most modern planetarium is located in the former gasometer at Halle's Holzplatz and offers its visitors eventful starry moments. The planetarium with its large hall of stars with space for over 100 guests and the foyer with its impressive architecture is a very special place for encounters. Not only inquisitive stargazers can get together here, but also dreamers and culture lovers of all ages. More than ever, the planetarium is a flying classroom and also an event space for small concerts, readings, children's birthdays, or even weddings under the starry sky. A large walk-in and barrier-free star and event terrace with an attached observatory invite you to live observations of the firmament.

You can find more information about the Halle (Saale) planetarium at planetarium-halle.de.

Nebra Ark

Close to the site, the family-friendly visitor centre presents the exciting story of the famous bronze disc. The centrepiece is a planetarium with its specially designed show for the Nebra Ark, which explains the complex astronomical knowledge encoded on the Disc. On the nearby Mittelberg hill itself, the exact findspot of the Sky Disc is marked by a large ›celestial eye‹. A 30-metre-high observation tower allows a view to the horizon and prominent points in the surroundings.

You can find more information about the Nebra Ark at himmelsscheibe-erleben.de.

Pömmelte Ring Sanctuary

In the ›German Stonehenge‹ the fascinating remains of a more than 4,000 year old cult site have been found and reconstructed. The complex structure consists of various wooden palisade rings, pits, and earthen banks. At the end of the Stone Age and the beginning of the Bronze Age, the 115 metre complex was used as a central sanctuary. Sacrificial pits and ritual depositions are evidence of this. Also astronomical aspects shaped the construction of the monument. In the neighbouring Salzland museum in Schönebeck (Elbe), original finds from the complex and the surrounding area are presented.

More information on the Pömmelte Ring Sanctuary can be found at ringheiligtum-poemmelte.de.

Salzland Museum Schönebeck

The Salzland Museum is located in the heart of Schönebeck-Bad Salzelmen in the middle of the market square. The former town hall has housed the museum since 1954. Much has been built and changed in recent years. Discover the new exhibitions on the history of salt, inland waterway transport, and the Pömmelte Ring Sanctuary. Indulge in a completely different museum concept. A house to hear, smell, taste, and touch.

What is an air pump doing in the salt exhibition? Can you smell salt? What was everyday work like at the salt boiling pan? What does a salt panner have to do with the kitchen tile? Do you have any questions for the ›Spirit of the Stone Age‹?

You can find more information about the Salzland Museum in Schönebeck at salzlandkreis.de.

Goseck Solar Observatory

The circular ditched enclosure is the earliest archaeological evidence of systematic observations of the sky. The imposing, 7,000 year old monument with a diameter of 70 metres was completely excavated and exactly reconstructed on the original site. In the neighbouring information centre in Goseck castle, a family-friendly presentation explains the excavations and the exciting phenomenon of the circular ditched enclosures.

You can find more information about the Goseck Solar Observatory at himmelswege.de.

The State Museum of Prehistory and the corresponding locations in Nebra, Pömmelte, Schönebeck, and Goseck are part of the ›Himmelswege‹ (Sky Paths) tourist network, which invite you to travel back in time to the prehistory of Saxony-Anhalt.

Please find more information about the Sky Paths at himmelswege.de.

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