The public observatory of Zselic is open the whole year, from Tuesday till Sunday every week. Please note that you can not visit the observatory like a museum on your own. We have guided programs according our schedule. These programs are in Hungarian, but we can arrange English language programs. Please note that during the Summer we have lot of visitors and groups, who make reservation well in advance, thus we might not be able to offer you an appointment well before before your planned visit. This is especially true if you do not contact us in advance. Thank you for your understanding.
For information about our programs, please see this leaflet (PDF) or contact us via e-mail.
Please register in advance for English programs in email: info at zselicicsillagpark dot hu
Astronomy: full-dome movies at the Planetarium / presentations: meteorite collection; light pollution / observation with telescopes day & night (when the sky is clear) / guided night tours in the forest
Natural History: guided tours in the Zselic (daytime) / exhibition: the flora and fauna of the region
The Zselic Landscape Protection area hides many natural treasures - the night sky is one of them. The area became internationally recognized in 2009 when the title of Dark-Sky (or Starry Sky) Park was awarded by the International Dark Sky Association. Zselic Park of Stars consists of a public observatory, a 25 m tall wooden belvedere, and resting points in the forest.
The Zselic Park of Stars offers unforgettable experiences to all visitors who are interested in deepening scientific understanding of nature and the universe surrounding us. Visitors may learn about the natural treasures of the Zselic region, the forest and water habitats and the wonders of the sky, such as the Milky Way and the view of zodiacal light, phenomena which are not at all or only barely visible from light pollution in most areas. The Park, the forest itself, is open almost always, day and night - except September and February-March, when the time and roads for hiking are constrained. The observatory can be visited from Tuesday-Sunday, within the framework of individual, family or school programmes. Night programmes are typically on Fridays, but other days also can be arranged.
Postal address: 7400 Kaposvár, Bajzsy-Zs. Str. 21.
HOW TO REACH THE ZSELIC PARK OF STARS:
Coordinates: N: 46º 14’12” E: 17º 45’ 56”