Urania Sternwarte is a public observatory in the Lindenhof quarter of Zürich, Switzerland. Its name Urania refers to the muse of astronomy in Greek mythology.
Its origins base on a first observatory on the roof of the Zunfthaus zur Meisen. In 1759, so called «Astronomische Kommission» succeeded from this location for the first time, to define Culminatio solis and thus calculated the exact global location of the city of Zurich. In later years, astronomical observations were done from the Grossmünster's southern "Karl's tower", followed by scientific observations (not for public use by interested enthusiasts) from the Federal observatory, built 1861/64 for ETH Zürich by Gottfried Semper.
Philip Junker | Apr 24, 2018
The tour they offer is cool and informative but make sure you go when the sky is really clear.
Yarema Mazuryk | Jun 22, 2017
This is a great place, specially for the kids. We went on a grown-up tour, and it was good - we've seen two stars - the Sun and Arctur, and two planets. The telescope doesn't have an amazing resolution or zoom factor but the way it works is amazing. The whole atmosphere there is awesome. It goes a bit slow, would be great to be able to see more - although I have no idea how much more would be technically possible. The view from there is also great - you see all Zurich actually, in the summer it's still light outside, and when it gets darker the lights are on - and that view is amazing as well. Will definitely come back on kids tour - it is on every first Saturday of the month.
Ronald Lim | Jan 29, 2018
Great view of Zurich old town at night. But tour in German, no English tour otherwise five star review
Carel Steensma | Oct 30, 2017
Great tour. Very well done and interesting! They also have a kids tour.
Chih Chin Yin | Nov 4, 2017
This historical Observatory is located in center of Zürich city. We had a private guide in English for our children. They are very kind and professional. We like this trip a lot!
Ravi Kishore | Jun 15, 2018
Observatory trip only held in German. Bummer for ones who don’t understand it. The entrance to the observatory is through a restaurant below. Elevator’s last stop takes to the observatory and a coffee place beneath. One can go up the elevator and enjoy the view of bahnofstrasse for free.
Mother Gaia | Jun 19, 2018
A great place to learn something about the universe. And in the middle of Zürich
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