The Sonnblick Observatory was established in 1886 and extended and modernized over time. Besides the premises of the Sonnblick Observatory, we are also using rooms in the refuge Zittelhaus of the association Alpenverein Rauris. Here scientists can rest, eat and conduct measurements. The Observatory provides measurement terraces, storage areas and a workshop for onsite maintenance. We have two laboratories that are designed for air chemistry and aerosol measurements and have work stations onsite.
Future Action Plan
In the frame of infrastructure development at the Sonnblick Observatory, we are organizing more space for short-term projects and a working area for scientists.
The Sonnblick Observatory comprises of several structures.
Necessary for the operation are the following:
a) Main Building: The Observatory at the top station
b) The valley station
c) The Pendelhütte
d) The Zittelhaus
The main building consists of the cable cars top station and observatory. It contains a workshop, sleeping quarters, science facilities, storage, wash areas, living rooms and an office. In the valley, Kolm Saigurn, exists the base station of Sonnblick’s cable car. This comprises the cableway installation, a sleep area, office room with sanitary facilities, storage and a garbage room. The Pendelhütte, placed a few meters South of the Observatory at the top of Mt. Hoher Sonnblick is the powerhouse of our operation. It includes room for power transformers and due to an extensive renovation of the Pendelhütte a new backup generator was installed as of August 2017. The nearby alpine hut Zittelhaus can accommodate one hundred guests. Outside business hours a winter room above the Pendelhütte is available for public. Accommodation and facilities at Zittelhaus are available for scientists year-round and even outside business hours, although scientists must be self-sufficient during this time.