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Sky Paths – Not just for stargazers

Sky Paths – Not just for stargazers

Who could fail to be intrigued by a journey that tells a story? Archaeology and astronomy is the theme of this approximately 150 km route to four fascinating locations in Saxony-Anhalt, offering insights into faraway worlds, ancient times and fascinating visions of the future.

The Sky Paths message is simple. The people who lived 3,600 years ago were not very different from us. They too were searching for the meaning of life and at night they looked up at the same stars. Saxony-Anhalt a region renowned for its exquisite castles and fine wines, also holds some remarkable treasures. It seems you only have to stick a spade in the ground and you'll unearth something important.

The Nebra Sky Disk

It all began with the spectacular find of the century when the Nebra Sky Disk, a bronze disk inlaid with gold symbols dating back around 3,600 years, was unearthed on Mittelberg Hill in 1999. The bronze disk, which weighs almost two kilograms and is almost completely circular in shape, has a diameter of approximately 32 cm and is made from just one piece of bronze. One of the most clearly marked symbols on the disk is a ship sailing through the sky past the sun, moon and stars. Seven gold dots in the shape of the Pleiades constellation can also be identified. In many cultures, this constellation was used as a calendar as it disappears and reappears once as the year progresses.

Absolutely thrilling

Today the Nebra Sky Disk and the associated finds are kept in the State Museum in Halle in a space crowned by 70,000 stars. Not far from the discovery site near Nebra, the Arche Nebra visitor centre rests above the Unstrut valley like a golden spaceship. The goddess stone of Langeneichstädt was uncovered at another excavation site a mere 18 km away.

Germany's Stonehenge?

In Goseck, around 30 km from Nebra, 1675 oaks trunks were used in the reconstruction of the world's oldest sun observatory, discovered in 1991. At this cult site, Stone Age sorcerers studied the heavens to discover the meaning of life a good 2,000 years before Stonehenge was built. As well as making a strong visual impact, visitors are also struck by the impressive acoustics inside the Stone Age sanctuary. When are you going to visit this wonder of European history?

Sky Paths

Length: 150 km

Theme: archaeology, astronomy

Highlights:
Goseck: Sun Observatory Information Centre, castle
Halle: Regional Museum of Prehistory (Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte)
Langeneichstädt: goddess stone dating from the Middle Neolithic period
Mittelberg: Sky Disk discovery site
Wangen: Arche Nebra visitors' centre

www.himmelswege.de

Events
Every wine has its own, unique history. If you want to find out more about the wines of Saale-Unstrut right in the place where they were grown, you can't go wrong with the Open Wine Cellar Days (Tage der offenen Weinkeller), a festival which sees winemakers open the doors of their cellars and vineyards to the public.

Upcoming dates:

05.08.2017 - 06.08.2017

Venue

Weinregion Saale-Unsrut
06632 Freyburg

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
Central Germany's biggest wine festival is held in Freyburg, the capital of the most northerly German region where qualitätswein can be grown.
Music and shows attract the crowds all around the town where the streets are packed with stallholders and Saale-Unstrut vintners offer their wares in the 'wine village' and around the festival site.

Upcoming dates:

08.09.2017 - 11.09.2017

Venue

Marktplatz
06632 Freyburg

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
Enjoy the Christmas market that is held in the vineyards of Roßbach and Naumberg in the wine-growing region of Saale-Unstrut.
Vineyards in a winter setting, open fires, glühwein made from the vineyards' very own wines, high-quality crafts and fine food await you over both days.

Upcoming dates:

16.12.2017 - 17.12.2017

Venue

Weingut Hey
Weinberge 1a
06618 Naumburg

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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