Heilbronn / Heilbronn Sights / Astronomic Clock
It is the one Heilbronn sight of which the most pictures are taken and which attracts the largest number of visitors.
Created in 1580 by Isaak Habrecht, its inner circle indicates the seven days of the week, represented by the celestial bodies Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. The months are shown in the centre circle by means of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
Days, weeks and months are indicated in the outer circle by thin gold leaf lines. Above the chronometer (centre) you may find a moon chart, over which the quarter-hour bell is located.
On the full hour, the display of time
is accompanied by the sound of
The elaborate three-part frame of
the clock was designed by Hans Kurz,
the master builder of the Renaissance
period city hall.
His self-portrait may be found right
above the main entrance.
Various moving figures are incorporated
into the ornate mechanism of the clock.
An angel stands to the left and right
and both turn around just before the
The angel on the right blows a trumpet
while the angel on the left turns an
hourglass and counts the chimes by
moving the sceptre.
Two golden rams stand opposite each
other under the clock. They meet on
every hourly strike and butt their heads
Between 8 am and 8 pm, the cock
crows every four hours.
A masterpiece that Isaak Habrecht only
created once on the Strasbourg minster.
Marktplatz 7, 74072 Heilbronn