Meteor Crater Museum

Meteorkratermuseum Steinheim am AlbuchGeology you can touch

About 14.5 million years ago, the impact of a meteorite caused the formation of the „Steinheimer Becken“ (Steinheim Basin) - probably the best preserved and most remarkable meteorite crater with a central cone that exists today. This natural phenomenon, its aftermath as well as life and death in and around the Miocene Steinheim Lake as it was then, is presented clearly in the Meteor Crater Museum in Sontheim in the Stuben valley. The variety of plant and animal life in the lake-landscapes which were formed following the impact is described clearly with the help of a diorama. Since 2009, visitors have been able to enjoy an animation film, which is a vivid and scientifically sound portrayal of how the impact occurred and what life was like before and after the catastrophe.

Near the museum, the geological educational trail guides visitors over the edge of the crater to the crater floor and the central hill, over rocky outcrops, viewpoints and to a collecting site. This circuit is suitable for anyone and particularly worthwhile for the beauty of its scenery (length of walk: 2 km or 9 km). There is also a 20 km-meteor crater circular trail around the edge of the crater which offers the opportunity to experience what you have learnt in the open.

Opening hours
From 1 March to 31 October, Fri 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sat, Sun and public holidays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Groups welcome at any time by prior arrangement.