EN

Information in English

for our international guests

 

„To a wise person the whole world is a good place to go – because a good soul’s native land is the entire universe.“
(Democritus, Greek philosopher, 5th century BCE)


We warmly welcome all our international guests at the Munich Public Observatory!

Here below you will find some answers to the most frequently asked questions about our programmes and guided tours in English and other languages.

Hope to see you soon!

 

!!! PLEASE NOTE: Ongoing construction works - diversion and impaired accessibility !!!

Updated: 04 December 2023

PLEASE NOTE: Ongoing construction works in our inner courtyard – diversion and impaired accessibility

  • From November 2023 on, the front entrance and the inner courtyard (where our fromer entrance was situated) is blocked permanently, even for pedestrians, due to construction works. Please do not try to enter or cross that fenced off inner courtyard: DANGER!
  • To reach the observatory PLEASE USE OUR NEW ENTRANCE at the north facade  via Anzinger Str. 13 or via Gisela-Stein-Straße (esp. if coming by foot from Ostbahnhof).
  • Please see the following map and follow the yellow arrows (by foot). Find the exact location of our NEW ENTRANCE here!

 

  • ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: For the time being, our new external scaffold elevator is unfortunately out of order. Therefore, we are not barrier-free at the moment. Repair is in progress. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use the scaffold staircase or wait downstairs in front of the lift / staircase (see the yellow arrows) until you are welcomed by our staffers at the appointed time and guided to another elevator in a neighbouring building (though not barrier-free either).

  • [[Temporarily invalid information: From mid-November 2023 on we are happy to announce that all our rooms and places are fully accessible again in a barrier-free manner.]]
  • There is a new elevator to bring you to all floors. When arriving please hit level „3 – Sternwarte“ for our main entrance. The last level up to „4 – observatory“ can only be accessed within a guided tour. Your personal tour guide will lead you up the appropriate way.
  •  If you need to be sure to plan your visit, or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us in advance via phone (+49)-(0)89-406239 or via mail.


    We are looking forward to your visit and apologize for the inconveniences!
Our programmes in English

A general overview

We are happy to announce the resumption of our regular guided tours in English on ALL Monday nights!

⇒ You may simply book HERE the required amount of tickets  for any Monday night! (starting at 9 p.m. from April until August, at 8 p.m. from September through March)

If Mondays don’t work for you, we can offer the following alternatives:

  • Join our regular guided evening tours anyway on a different day of the week, provided you have some basic understanding of German or you are being accompanied by someone who understands German and can do some whisper interpreting during the show. In general, it is also possible to ask questions in English, especially after the tour has finished.
    For English speaking groups of at least 5 persons (give or take), we might even be able to come up with some special arrangement for you: please ask.
    If you need more advice or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at our office via mail or phone (+49-(0)89-406239).
  • Book a private tour in English. (See below.)
  • Attend one of our English lectures or colloquiums as announced in our programme calendar (select ‚English lecture‘ or the like at the top of the list).

For more information, please see below.


Besides…

Why isn’t there more information in English on our website?, you might wonder.

Answer: Work is in progress (will take some time, though).
In spring 2021, our website was relaunched completely, almost everything is new and, partly, still under construction. Hence, it still takes a while until the English site will be ready. We are looking forward to it!

If there is anything left unclear or you want to have further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via mail or phone (+49-(0)89-406239).

Our regular guided evening tours

General information

Our public guided tours (in German mostly take place all year long
(except on public holidays and not between Christmas and New Year) from

  • Monday through Friday at 9 p.m. (or 8 p.m. during winter months)
  • on all Monday nights we offer English tours as well, you just need a ticket, no further advance noticing required. At the beginning of the Monday tour the visitors are divided into two groups for English and German, as required. So you simply show up at the box office and say that you would like to join the English tour.
  • Duration: approx. 90 minutes
  • Each tour comprises 3 parts: our exhibition on the solar system; a planetarium show; and a visit to our telescopes – with live observations whenever the skies are clear.
  • Advance booking required for all our programmes; due to the limited number of seats.
  • Entrance fee € 10 / € 7 (reduced)

⇒ Booking links:

⇒ In case you need help with the booking, please contact us via mail or phone (+49-(0)89-406239).

 


What are the other options in case you plan your visit on a different day of the week?

You may well join our regular guided evening tours anyway, provided you have some basic understanding of German or you are being accompanied by someone who understands German and can do some whisper interpreting during the show. In general, it is also possible to ask questions in English, especially after the tour has finished.

For English speaking groups of about 7 to 15 people (give or take) we might even be able to come up with some special arrangement for you: please ask!
If you need more advice or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at our office via mail or phone (+49-(0)89-406239).

Hope to see you soon!

Or, you can book a private tour: see below.

Book a private tour

Welcome to the stars!

We offer private tours at the Munich Public Observatory in English (and even some other languages)

all year long, all days of the week, even on weekends and holidays or at nighttime.

⇒ Please contact us to make an appointment via mail or phone (+49-(0)89-406239). 

  • Our offer is for individuals, families, small and bigger groups and even business events.
  • Starting from € 100 for 90 minutes tour, including a planetarium show and – if the skies are clear – observations at our large telescopes on the rooftop terrace.
  • Special arrangements can be agreed upon.

⇒ Please contact us to make an appointment via mail or phone (+49-(0)89-406239). 

 


 

Besides, you may want to have a look here at our up-to-date booking calendar to find free dates, even without German skills.

–> Above the calendar you will find a drop down menu where you can choose the general time of the day like
„am Vormittag“                       = „in the morning“
„am frühen Nachmittag“       = „early afternoon“
„am späten Nachmittag“       =  „late afternoon“
„am Wochenende/Feiertag“ =  „at the weekend / a holiday“