The top station of the Venetbahn cable car above Landeck is home to Tirol's only public observatory. Itts powerful telescopes give visitors a fascinating insight into the night sky as well as the huge clouds of gas which surround the Sun.
The best place to observe the night sky is either far away from light-rich urban centres or up in the mountains. The summit of the Venet mountain at 2,212 metres above sea level fulfils both these requirements, with the minmal light pollution generated by the small town of Landeck down in the valley obstructed by a rockface near the top of the peak. Visitors to the Venet Star Park, loctaed just a stone's throw from the top of the cable car, are invited to join experienced local guides on a journey into the night sky. Sun observation sessions are offered every day, where participants can take a close look at the 'solar prominences' – bright clouds of gas – around the Sun and can even photograph this incredible natural phenomemon. Strong filters on the telescopes provide ample protection from the Sun's rays. Those who simply can't get enough extraterrestrial action can even stay the night in the Venet-Gipfelhütte at the top of the mountain.