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Austria Opens First Permanent Star Walk Installation Worldwide

May 28, 2014; 8:06 AM

Astronomy enthusiasts all over the world just got a new travel destination. Grossmugl, a small town near Austria's capital Vienna, recently opened a brand new astronomical attraction: a permanent star walk installation designated for astronomical observations with the unaided eye. The Grossmugl Star Walk was designed by Project Nightflight and built in close collaboration with the municipality of Grossmugl.

On a 90 minutes' walk, visitors get an easy introduction to observing the night sky, live and with their own unaided eyes, awesomeness guaranteed. Nine stations with descriptive displays guide the visitors through the starry sky. The 1.5-km-long tour is free of charge, open all year round day and night and available without booking or reservation.

The 'Sternenweg Großmugl' was officially opened on a bright late spring day, on May 24, 2014. A group of enthusiastic visitors from neighboring villages and from Vienna came to celebrate the first walk together. In the light of a magical glowing sunset, the joyful party of star aficionados started their trek. Walking in the falling twilight, they followed the nine stations to Stars Rest, the last stop of the Grossmugl Star Walk. Later in the night, huge storm clouds built up on the horizon. Heavy lightning in all directions provided a spectacular light show and brought the event to a fantastic culmination.

For more details about the Grossmugl Star Walk installation and how to get there, an illustrated PDF (1.6MB) is available for free download here and please see their website here.

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This blog was written and shared by Karoline and Erwin of Project Nightflight.

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