Stargazing near Zurich, Interlaken or Luzern?

Stargazing near Zurich, Interlaken or Luzern?

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NJfam
NJfam
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May 20, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Thank you in advance !

we will arriving around august 18, staying in Zurich, interlaken and luzern. Please advice what place would be great for stargazing ? Also wondering if there are converatory in that area ? Thanks NJfam.

Annika
Annika
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May 20, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Hi NJfam! If you want to enjoy the skies at night you should look for fairly remote places, to avoid light pollution from bigger cities like Zurich. You might consider spending a night at one of the mountain tops near Lucerne, such as Pilatus or Rigi. Please find some more ideas for hotels in the mountains at myswissalps.com/hotels /mountaintops.

I haven't visited any observatories myself, but I know of this one. There seem to be guided tours, during night time as well. Les Pleiades might be a bit foo far off from your base towns. Another famous observatory is the one at Sphinx up at Jungfraujoch. Guests can't spend the night there though.

Peterli
Peterli
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May 21, 2018 - 2:30 PM in reply to NJfam

Hi,

If you are in the Fribourg area (not far from Interlaken) on a Friday evening, visits are free at the Observatoire d'Épendes, about a 5 minute drive from the giratoire (round-about) in Marly, just south of Fribourg. I attach a map (courtesy of Swisstopo) showing its location (tip of red arrow) less than fifteen minutes south of Fribourg. Their website is in French, German, and English.

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NJfam
NJfam
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May 21, 2018 - 6:55 PM in reply to Annika

Thank you very much !

NJfam
NJfam
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May 21, 2018 - 6:55 PM in reply to Peterli

Thank you very much !

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