The VEGA OBSERVATORY is part of the Haus der Natur in Salzburg (Natural History Museum) and meets the most modern technical demands. It has two high-performance reflecting telescopes and an observation terrace on the roof. The observatory also has a hall which can be combined for either events or lectures, and is fitted out with audio-visual equipment for direct transmission of pictures from the telescopes.

This public Observatory is situated on the Haunsberg in the Salzburg Lake District. Here it is possible to experience the world of Outer Space. As opposed to the usual purely research observatories, the Vega observatory tries to combine its research with public interests. In doing this the Natural History Museum is aiming to make astronomy, inter-active discussions and space research as attractive to as many people as possible.

In May 2018 during the construction of the VEGA observatory, the first massive dome was hoisted inch by inch on to the roof of the observatory. The second dome was hoisted in July 2018.

Guided tours of the stars:   Monday evenings. A short lecture and then a sighting through the telescopes. Only in clear weather conditions and according to season.

T +43 662 84 26 53-0 </p>

  • ©Rochus Hess
    ©Rochus Hess
  • ©Haus der Natur/Georg Simmerstatter
    ©Haus der Natur/Georg Simmerstatter
  • (C)NeumayrLeo
  • M42 - der Orionnebel ist eines der aktivsten Sternenentstehungsgebiete in Erdnähe. (C) Wolfgang Krispler

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