Welcome to the Observatory of Épendes

General requirements related to COVID-19

Public visits to the Observatory of Épendes are once again possible. The requirements listed in our precautionary measures apply, in particular:

  1. Booking is mandatory, the week before the event:
  2. The number of visitors is limited to 15 and to a maximum of 5 persons per booking. Larger groups have the possibility to book the Observatory for a private visit.
  3. The wearing of a surgical mask is mandatory except for children of primary school age; visitors must bring their own mask. The wearing of protective eyeglasses, lent by the Observatory, is also mandatory
  4. People showing symptoms of illness are not allowed to enter the Observatory premises
  5. The registered visitors are expected to be there at the start of the visit; the Observatory doors will be closed once the visit has begun
The observatory in Épendes serves the purpose of popularization of astronomy. It is open every Friday evening free to the public in all weathers, as well as every first Sunday morning of each month weather permitting for observing the Sun.
Opening hours

Every friday, in all weathers,

  • 19.00–21.00 (November to March),
  • 21.00–23.00 (April and September-October),
  • 22.00–24.00 (May to August).

First Sunday of the month, 10.00 – 12.00, only in fine weather, for observing the sun.

Booking for school and group visits.

Getting here
Mini plan

Observatory of Épendes
Route du Petit-Épendes 45
CH–1731 Épendes (FR)

Support us

We would welcome your support, either by donating into the Postfinance account 17-55696-1 or by joining the Association of Friends of the Observatory of Épendes. If you like to get actively involved (as a demonstrator, for maintenance tasks ot as a collaborator in special activities), feel free to contact us.