Halde Hoheward
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Herten: Halde Hoheward

Stonehenge in Herten! In 2008, a horizon observatory was established on 150 metres tall pithead stocks. The construction is made up of a circular, level surface, a forum in the centre that is lowered by 1.50 m, and two arches that span across the area like the meridian and the celestial equator. The observatory is the modern version of prehistoric stone circles (such as Stonehenge). Visitor standing right in the lowered centre of the construction see the pithead stocks plateau stretch in all directions like an artificial horizon, and by marking specific points, sunrise and sunset can be observed on relevant dates, such as summer solstice and winter solstice.