Visiting the GEO600 gravitational-wave detector

Visiting the GEO600 gravitational-wave detector

High-tech think tank 20 kilometers south of Hannover

GEO600 is a gravitational-wave detector and a key technology development center of the international gravitational-wave research community. Technologies tested in the GEO project are now used in all large gravitational-wave detectors in the world. GEO600 is designed and operated by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the Leibniz Universität Hannover, along with partners in the United Kingdom, and is funded by the Max Planck Society and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Because of the corona pandemic and the related infection control measures for GEO600 employees and visitors to the site, there will be no Open Day at GEO600 this year. Guided tours for visitor groups are also not possible until further notice.

Visiting GEO600

Please note that the detector site can only be visited after previous date arrangements. If you would like to get a tour of the GEO600 facilities, please contact  to coordinate the details of your visit.

For groups of seven or more, we will arrange a viewing appointment for you within our regular working hours. The tour lasts around 90 minutes and includes an introduction to gravitational waves and the astronomy they allow, as well as a detailed tour of the institute grounds and the technology of a gravitational wave detector.

To visit the central laboratory building, an age of 16 years is required due to laser safety regulations.

Individuals can occasionally join such scheduled group tours. Please contact  if this applies to you.

An open day is held once a year on a weekend day in summer. On this day, the detector site can be visited without prior notice.

Directions from Hannover

Take the road B6 (Messeschnellweg) to the South and turn right at the sign Sarstedt/Heisede. Turn right to Heisede, then left at the sign Schulenburg/Ruthe. After entering Ruthe turn right. After crossing the Leine river, turn right at the EXPO sign (resp. at the white sign “Universität Hannover/Versuchsgelände”, resp. at the green sign Schäferberg). Drive along the apple orchard to the gate at its end.

The number of parking spaces on the detector site is limited. Larger groups with several cars please use the parking spaces at the teaching and research facilities of the University of Veterinary Medicine and walk from there or carpool with a maximum of five cars to GEO600.

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