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Reach for the stars

Do you know how large the Earth is in comparison to the Sun?

And what does this question have to do with hiking and cycling? More than you think!
Generally, the term astronomy is associated with dry theories and weighty tomes. The Sun-system Hiking Path (“Sonnensystem-Wanderweg”) on the Sun and Danube Planet Path (“Donauplanetenweg”) between Winzer and Vilshofen an der Donau show us the contrary. They vividly show the hiker and the cyclist the size of the planets and their distance from one another and the Sun at a scale of 1 to 1 billion.

Sonnensystemwanderweg in Sonnen. Rechte: Gemeinde Sonnen

Sonnensystemwanderweg in Sonnen.
Rechte: Gemeinde Sonnen

Starting from a model of the Sun located in Sonnenhofen and Vilshofen an der Donau that is relatively big with a diameter of 1.4 metres, the routes lead over Mercury and Venus to the Earth 150 metres away. In contrast, it is extremely small with a diameter of 12 millimetres. Over Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the route leads over a course of 7 kilometres to Pluto, which only exhibits a diameter of 2 millimetres. The Danube Planet Path is part of the Danube Cycle Path and goes even further, all the way to the dwarf planet, Eris.
Along both paths, you will also find billboards with useful information about our planetary system.
The exact course of the route can be found in our Tour Finder.

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