Planet Path

A detour through Radis
Infotafel und Neptunstein am Pabsthaus

Information board and Neptune stone at the Pabsthaus

The path begins in the center of Radis, near the Johann Gottfried Galle monument and the "sun stone", representing the sun, and ends at a stone representing the planet Neptune near the Pabsthaus, where Johann Gottfried Galle was born. Thus, the Radis Planetenpfad joins two sites connected to one of the most famous Radis citizens.

Part of the Planet Path lies along the R1 cycle route and the Coal | Steam | Light | Lakes-route, making a brief detour to the Pabsthaus (en route to Ferropolis or to Lutherstadt Wittenberg) a definite recommendation. The Pabsthouse marks the spot where the birth house of Johann Gottfried Galle once stood (it burned down around 1910). There is also reason to believe that Luther stopped at the Pabsthaus tavern on his travels. Today, the property is privately owned, but there is a commemorative plaque.

There are many geocache points along the Planet Path. With special devices or a geocaching app on your smartphone, you can enjoy a GPS scavenger hunt here.

Karte zum Platenweg mit GPS-Koordinaten

  • 1812 - 09.06. Johann Gottfried Galle im Pabsthaus bei Radis geboren. Er besuchte die Schule in Radis und legte später Abitur mit Auszeichnung in Wittenberg ab.
  • 1833 - Er schloss in Berlin das Studium der Mathematik und Philosophie erfolgreich ab und begann 1836 mit den meteorologischen Beobachtungen.
  • 1846 - 23.09. J. G. Galle entdeckte den Planeten neptun aufgrund der Berechnungen des französischen Mathematikers Le Verrier
  • 1884 - J. G. Galles schaffenreiches Arbeitsleben als weltbekannter Astronom und Mathematiker in der Position des Rektors an der Universität Breslau wird in der Feier anlässlich seines Goldenen Amtsjubiläums geehrt. Er wird zum Geheimen Regierungsrat ernannt.
  • 1910 - 10.07. verstorben in Potsdam


Other sights around Radis

ein Windsurfer auf dem Bergwitzsee

Lake Bergwitz

Lake Bergwitz is located south of Wittenberg on the edge of the Düben Heath. As early as the 1960s, the former open pit mine Roberts Hoffnung” (Roberts Hope) became an idyllic lake. Sailors, surfers, stand up paddlers and other fans of activities on the water have fun on about 180 hectares of water.

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Stadt Kemberg


Kemberg, located 16 km to the south of Wittenberg, represents the northern entrance to the Düben Heath Nature Park. One highlight of the beautiful old town of Kemberg is St Marys, whose 86-meter-high tower is among the major works of neo-Gothic church architecture in Saxony-Anhalt.

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Schloss Oranienbaum


The small town of Oranienbaum lies only 13 km to the east of the Bauhaus city Dessau in the Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe. Princess Henriette Catharina of Orange-Nassau turned Oranienbaum, originally a small hamlet in Anhalt called Nischwitz, into what it still is today: a unique gem of Dutch baroque architecture in the middle of Germany.

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Kirche Kemberg

St Mary’s

Anyone who enters Kembergs St Mary will feel a closeness to Martin Luther, who is said to have preached 13 sermons from the Kemberg pulpit. Reformation meets modernity here. 

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