Peterberg Astronomical Observatory in Nonnweiler


brief description: 

standing on top of the Peterberg hill in the northern Saarland, the astronomical observatory opened its doors to the public in 1997. The project was funded thanks to membership fees, donations, and personal contributions by the members of the Association of Amateur Astronomers of the Saarland (Verein der Amateurastronomen des Saarlandes e.V.), who are running the observatory in their spare time, getting visitors acquainted with and enthused about the universe. Members of the association also use the observatory equipment to conduct their own astronomical research

relevant filming facts

opening times: 
every first Saturday of the month, visitors can attend public lectures given by members of the Sternwarte Peterberg Association
stargazing, tourism, meeting point for members of the Association of Amateur Astronomers of the Saarland (Verein der Amateurastronomen des Saarlandes e.V.)
very good
interior architecture: 
lecture hall, exhibition space, club room. The main telescope can be found inside the main cupola
Background noise: 
very quiet
the observatory stands on top of the Peterberg, 575 metres above sea level, and is surrounded by grasslands, fields, and woods
Space restrictions: 
to be discussed
Time restrictions : 
to be discussed
can be organised by Partyservice Schuld. Please contact Mr. Werner Schuld (phone: 0049 (0) 6873/7104, fax: 0049 (0) 6873/669750, address: Kiefernweg 5, 66620 Kastel)


coming from Saarbrücken, follow the A1 motorway for approx. 43 km before taking the Nonnweiler-Braunshausen exit (no. 137). Continue on the L329 country road going in the direction of Braunshausen. 450 m after you have entered the town, turn right onto Peterbergstraße. After approx. 550 m (right after the left turnoff to the Hermann-Lns-Straße) the street forks. You will reach a signpost indicating a left turn to Turnerheim/Schutzhütte and a right turn to Freizeitzentrum Peterberg. Follow the road to the left, going uphill. You should be passing the Turnerheim (sports club) after approx. 400 m. Follow the serpentine road uphill for another 2 km until you reach the top of the hill, where the tarred road forks to the right. Continue along that road, passing a chapel on your left, and follow the signposts indicating Almrestaurant and Zur Sternwarte. After approx. 30 m, you will have reached the parking lot. Continue on foot along the farm track and you will reach the observatory after approx. 400 m


sanitary facilities: 
parking lot: 
sufficient spaces available at the observatory
electricity supply: 
available (380 V as well)
water supply: 


Steffen Conrad