Planet path

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The sun at the Primstalsperre
Station "Neptune" of the Laupheim Planetary Path (Volkssternwarte Laupheim eV)

The Planet Trail is a special type of educational trail in which a scaled-down model of the solar system is displayed along the hiking route .

Usually the planets and the sun are set up to scale in size and distance along the route. At the frequently used "planetary scale" 1: 1 billion, the outermost planet Neptune is just under 4.5 kilometers from the sun. If the dwarf planet Pluto is still there, which was considered a full-fledged planet until 2006, the planetary path extends over almost 6 kilometers. Information boards about the respective planets are often attached to the planet models.

Planetary paths are attractive because of the possibility of stimulating yourself mentally through the information boards in addition to sporting activity. The almost natural division of the entire route into the planetary distances also gives a tangible impression of the dimensions in the solar system - the greater the distance from the sun, the greater the distance between the planets, which is why the migration times between two planets increase significantly towards the outside. If it is only 150 meters from the sun via Mercury and Venus to the earth , the hiker has to cover almost 700 meters between the neighboring planets Jupiter and Saturn . The scale models of the planets also convey proportions. On a scale of 1: 1 billion, the earth is a blue marble with a diameter of almost 13 mm, while the largest planet Jupiter is almost 15 cm in size and the solar ball with a diameter of around 1.4 meters visibly dominates all other celestial bodies. If you stand at the earth model and have the sun model in view, you can compare its apparent size with that of the real sun in the sky (pay attention to eye protection!) And thus convince yourself of the correctness of the scale.

Example (Planet Path Bad Nauheim)

Dimensions on a scale of 1: 1.4 billion are listed under Model of the Solar System .

List of planetary paths



In Danish Planetstien :


The coordinates always indicate the starting point "sun".


  • Aichwald: Planet trail with starting point at the youth center in Aichwald-Schanbach, circular trail over 4.3 km, scale 1: 2 billion.
  • Bad Liebenzell : Planetary nature trail in the spa park
  • Donzdorf : From the castle garden to Lauterstein. Scale 1: 1 billion; Simulation of a lunar eclipse
  • Durmersheim (Baden), PAMINA -Planetenweg; Scale 1: 1 billion; Leads from Durmersheim through the Rhine meadows to Mothern in Alsace. Connected to the PAMINA-Rheinpark path network along the Rhine, also suitable for bicycle tours .; 48 ° 55 '56.2 "  N , 8 ° 16' 17.3"  E
Sun model with information gabions at Durmersheim town hall


The circular cycle path in Lauf with poems and information


  • Berlin : in the Britzer Garten at Kalenderplatz at 590 m along the Massiner Weg; the sun, in the center of the calendar square, and the planets up to Saturn are shown inside, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto outside the fenced-in park area on steel discs embedded in the path or in the street; Scale 1: 10 billion




palpable Uranus in Marburg with Braille

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Lower Saxony

One of the bronze cast steles of Reinhold Wittig's Planet
Path in Göttingen - The Galilean moons of Jupiter Io, Europe, Ganymede, Callisto

North Rhine-Westphalia

One of 14 bronze plates that the 10.7 km long Astro path Wuppertal in Wuppertal form








  • Strasbourg : “Path of the Planets”, In the Garden of Two Banks ; Scale: 1:16 billion; Length: 281.5 m; The information board at the end of the path indicates that on this scale the closest star to the Sun would be Proxima Centauri 2,450 km away near Alexandria, Egypt.
  • La Chapelle-aux-Lys : “The Solar System”, part of the “Path to the Stars”; Scale: 1: 5 billion
  • Saint-François-de-Sales : “Planet Path”; Scale: 1: 4 billion
  • Quint-Fonsegrives : “Planet Path”, from Parc de la Saune along the banks of the Saune; Scale: 1: 1.4 billion
  • Brasparts : "Giant Model of the Solar System"; Scale: 1: 1 billion
  • Montagne de Lure : “Planet Path”; Scale: 1: 827 million
  • Rocbaron : "Planet Path "; Scale: 1: 140 million



  • Schaan : along the Rhine on the Rhine dam between Schaan and Bendern , start (sun) near the Schaan-Buchs bridge; Scale 1: 1 billion
The Jupiter sculpture on the planet path of the Rooisand Ranch in the NAM


  • Rooisand Desert Ranch: between the lodge and the observatory, scale 1: 1.79 billion, built in 2018


  • Amstetten : The Amstetten Planet Path was created as a school project by the Amstetten Federal High School. From the position of the sun above the grammar school, planet tables on a scale of 1: 1.439 billion were arranged along the Mühlbach and on the “Black Path” to Pluto in Greinsfurth.
  • Amber in Burgenland: circular route starting from the Amber Rock Museum
    Sun, starting point of the planet trail in amber
  • Freistadt : starting at the promenade, the hiking trail leads 16 km to the Sandl observatory ; Scale 1: 369 million
  • Großraming : along the E46 hiking trail; Scale 1: 1 billion
  • Hellmonsödt , Upper Austria : four children's playgrounds on the 4 km long path; Scale 1: 1.5 billion
  • Königsleiten : circular hiking trail starting from the observatory
  • Leitzersdorf : The sun is near the parish church with a diameter of 1 meter on a scale of 1: 1.4 billion.
  • Lichtenberg (Upper Austria) : Children's Planet Trail , approx. 7 km. Supplemented with didactic material, the concept was u. a. at "Science on Stage 2011" (Copenhagen) and awarded the "Family Oscar" of the state of Upper Austria.
  • Linz / Upper Austria : The Kepler Planetarium extends over the entire state of Upper Austria, only the inner solar system can be found in the state capital Linz; Scale 1:50 million. In the vicinity of the Johannes Kepler Observatory Linz there is also a planet path on a scale of 1: 2 billion.
  • Rettenegg : From Rettenegg to Stuhleck; Scale 1: 1 billion
    “Station Merkur” on the planet path near Solothurn
  • Terfens : through a pine forest beginning at the local church of Vomperbach
  • Tullnerfeld -Wienerwald: The sun is in Königstetten with a diameter of 1 meter. A cycle path with the scaled planets leads to Muckendorf to the Danube, a corresponding hiking path over the Tulbinger Kogel to the Hagenbachklamm
  • Wels : The planet path in Wels stretches along the northern bank of the Traun from the old Traun bridge to the Marchtrenk power station on a scale of 1: 1 billion. The starting point is an artistically designed sun disk. The planets are located as models in 9 glass showcases labeled with data on the outside. The planetary path was created on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the secondary school of the Franciscan Sisters of Wels .
  • Vienna : along the wall to the Lainzer Tiergarten near the Sterngarten on the Georgenberg



“Station Sun” on the Uetliberg-Felsenegg planet path

United States

See also


  • Hubert Hermelingmeier: The planet path as an entrance to astronomical education. In: ASTRONOMIE + RAUMFAHRT in the school 49 (2012) 5, pages 21–22, Friedrich Verlag in cooperation with Klett

Web links

Commons : Planetary Path  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Sights St. Vith, section Planet Path .
  2. Aichwald Planet Trail
  3. Engen planetary educational trail
  4. Königsfeld Planet Path on the website of the Königsfeld community
  5. The planetary paths on the pages of the Planetarium and the Kreuzlingen Observatory.
  6. Planet Path Ludwigsburg , with links to further PDF documents
  7. Sachsenheimer Planet Path
  8. [1]
  9. Johannes Kepler Planet Trail in Weil der Stadt
  10. three-dimensional with an atomic model
  11. [2]
  12. ^ Geodetic Observatory Wettzell
  13. Cvl planetary path
  14. Planet path with lifting weights near Ebermannstadt
  15. Ingolstadt Astronomy Park
  16. The Kaufbeurer Planet Path on the website of the Tourist Information Kaufbeuren.
  19. Explore our planetary system along the Lech on the pages of the Ignaz-Kögler-Gymnasium Landsberg
  20. ↑ Circular cycle path in the Nürnberger Land
  21. ^ Website of the Scheyern Planet Path
  22. Traunstein Planet Trail
  23. Würzburg Planet Trail
  24. Calendar place Britzer Garten
  25. Wetterau observatory near Bad Nauheim
  26. Planetary Path, Volkssternwarte Darmstadt
  27. ^ Kriftel-Hattersheim planetary trail
  28. Marburg Planetary Trail ( Memento from March 24, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  29. Planet Trail Trebur, directions
  30. Warnemünde Planet Trail
  31. Current news from Bad Lauterberg. In: Retrieved April 15, 2016 .
  35. Borken Planet Trail
  36. Rahden
  37. Recklinghausen Planet Path. (PDF; 880 kB)
  38. Warburg Monastery Hardehausen Creation Path Station 4
  39. Astro Trail Wuppertal
  40. Ore Mountains Planetary Trail (PDF; 1.2 MB)
  41. ↑ Public observatory "Erich Bär" Radeberg ( Memento of the original from December 3, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  42. Plön Planet Path
  43. Dithmarscher Planet Path
  44. Le chemin aux étoiles. In: Retrieved January 27, 2020 (French).
  45. Le sentier des planètes - Saint-François-de-Sales. In: Retrieved January 27, 2020 (French).
  46. Le sentier des planètes de Quint-Fonsegrives. In: Retrieved January 27, 2020 (French).
  47. MISS Arrée: Bienvenue dans le système solaire. In: Retrieved January 27, 2020 (French).
  48. Le sentier des planètes. In: Retrieved January 27, 2020 (French).
  49. Le sentier des planètes
  50. Brunico Planet Trail
  51. The circular planetary hiking trail in the Rosengarten-Latemar area
  53. a b Planetary Paths in Austria - an overview
  54. Free City Planet Trail
  55. Großraming community - Sights - Planet Trail
  56. Leitzersdorf Planet Trail
  57. Geohack - Planet Leitzersdorf
  58. Children's Planet Trail Lichtenberg
  59. Kepler Planetarium
  60. Planet Path of the Linz Astronic Community
  61. Heaven on Earth Planet Trail - Rettenegg
  62. Tullnerfeld Planet Trail
  63. Planet Path Vienna
  64. Falera Mirasteilas planetary path
  65. Itinéraire Sentier des Planètes (466 KB) (pdf)  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  66. Monte Generoso planetary path ( memento of the original from June 23, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  67. The Lägern now has a planetary path. (PDF; 382 kB) In: Tages-Anzeiger. June 21, 2008.
  68. Planet Path Ringgenberg-Goldswil ( Memento from October 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  69. OSM relation planetary path (VS)
  70. Planet Trail at, accessed October 13, 2019.
  71. Sagan Planet Walk
  72. ^ Peoria Riverfront Museum's Community Solar System . (English)