Following the sun
Already shortly after exiting the Elferlifte cars you will see the enormous, accessible wooden sundial. The unusual form and impressive architecture immediately puts young and old under its spell. The larch wood construction with an inside diameter of 8 metres is an art installation, a viewing platform and a horologe at the same time. The equatorial sundial indicates the actual sun time with the help of a metal band and a shade stick. This can deviate up to 14 minutes from the Mean time. A two metre broad wooden web was erected around the sundial. Unique views of the untouched scenery of the Stubaital are possible from here.
THE BIGGEST WALK-IN SUNDIAL IN THE ALPS
On the north side of the equator there is a metal dial which shows the true solar time. This time deviates from the local time by up to approx. 14 minutes. In summer there is also an extra hour for summer time. Anyone who stops to think at this wonderful place, can, however, easily lose sight of the actual time.
The artistic installation has create space to relax in the mountain air. The equatorial sundial is surrounded by a two meter wide walkway, which serves both as access to the slope and as a unique viewing platform. It offers a fascinating birds-eye view of the Stubai valley far down into the Inn valley. Regardless of whether you go there before or after a hike, or simply on a day trip taking the gondola and refreshments.
The walk-in sundial was opened to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Elfer lifts. With the three Viscope telescopes, hikers can learn all the names of the surrounding mountains.