We would like to inform you about the visitors' program at the Radio Observatory Effelsberg. Public talks are offered to groups from 10 up to a maximum of 80 people in a pavilion at the observatory site. Normally they will be held in German, English talks are possible on request.
There is a new display installed at the courtyard of the visitors' pavilion, presenting two movies. One is about science with the 100m radio telescope, the other movie shows a virtual tour to the top of the telescope. The science movie is accessible in both, German and English language.
Talks for visitor groups are possible at the following times:
April to October
Tuesday to Saturday
at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm.
(There are no talks on Sundays, Mondays, and on public holidays.)
Smaller groups and individuals could arrange to attend talks for already registered groups. But keep in mind, that the regular talks will be normally held in German!
In general, we recommend requests and confirmation via phone. For the talks we ask for a fee of 2 Euro for adults and 1 Euro for children and pupils. We regret that credit cards cannot be accepted.
For technical reasons and last but not least for security regulations it is unfortunately not possible to visit the interior of the Observatory and the telescope itself.
There is no public road directly to the observatory! However, there is good access to the public park site (labeled "Radioteleskop Effelsberg"). From there, an easy walk of 10-15 minutes leads to the visitors' building (pavilion).
Registration for the talks is possible via phone (working days before noon!) or via letter/fax to the following address:
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
- Radioobservatorium Effelsberg -
D-53902 Bad Münstereifel
Phone: ++49 2257-301-101 (Mo-Fr before noon)
Fax: ++49 (0)2257-301-105
The office is not regularly accessible at the moment. Please register preferably via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org