The facility was founded as one of the first earth stations in the world in 1963 by the German Federal Post Office. Raisting is thus one of the largest earth stations in the world and unique.
It was technically almost impossible to transmit live television pictures between continents until the worldwide network of Earth stations and the Ground communication station became operational. To watch an important event elsewhere, the 2-inch magnetic tapes used at the time had to be flown by plane from continent to continent.
From 1965, satellite communications made it possible to operate a previously unheard-of number of telephone or television channels.
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What does the Raisting Radome and the earth station have in common with the 1969 moon landing and the Olympic Games 1972?
What impact did the technology of satellite communication have on citizens in Europe and worldwide?
Today you have the opportunity to explore the wonders of this monument by yourself. You can experience the absolutely breathtaking and picturesque region around the complex as well as independently get a glimpse of this giant. Get ready for your next adventure and plan your visit to the Radom Raisting.
The more, the merrier. We also welcome special requests.
Guided and group tours (fees apply) by reservation only. Special discounts available for school groups.
Radom Raisting is Germany’s first commercially operated satellite ground station. The building was constructed in 1963/64 on behalf of Deutsche Bundespost. Inside, the pillarless airdome houses a parabolic antenna with a diameter of 25 meters, which was used for intercontinental radio communications (telephone and television) via news satellites until 1985. Today, the radome is operated and maintained by the non-profit Radom Raisting GmbH.
The radome was added to the list of monuments in 1999 and was awarded the title “Industrial Monument of Outstanding National Importance”.
"Really impressive. At must see. Free parking is available onsite and you can even walk to the church. Beautiful. "
"Really a great area with a beautiful alpine panorama view. The transmitter makes a stark counterpoint to nature here. You don’t find that very often. It’s worth a visit. ."
"In the middle of nowhere and nothing, you suddenly think you’re in one of the Star Wars scenes. I think that was the ice planet Hoth… "
The Raisting radome, with antenna I hidden under the air dome, is the first large commercial antenna for civil satellite communications to be erected in Germany. And in the meantime, it is the last facility in the world to be preserved in almost its original condition.
Deutsche Bundespost and its international partners began planning in 1961. In the spring of 1963, construction work began on the Raisting earth station. In October 1963, the radome was inflated and then Antenna I was erected under the protective cover. The facility officially went into operation in April 1965.
The Raisting earth station was mainly used for telephone and television transmissions via satellite. In addition, technologies for marine radio and direct satellite telephony were tested and established.
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Diameter: 48.80 meters
Height: 39.50 meters
Material thickness: 1.2 millimeters
Weight / area: 10.5 tons / approx. 5,300 m2
Diameter: 25.00 meters
Height: 32.00 meters
Material: steel / stainless steel / aliminium
Weight / area: approx. 280 tons / approx. 500 m2
Movement: Rotate: 380 °, Pivot: -1° – + 125°.
In 2009, it was determined that the collapse of the bearing air dome could be expected at any time. In addition, the building also showed massive damage to ceilings and walls. In the years between 2010 and 2012, the identified damage was repaired by Radom Raisting GmbH, with the energetic support of numerous companies and financial support including funds from the federal government, the Free State of Bavaria and the district of Weilheim-Schongau for the protection of historical monuments.
In the winter of 2020, the supporting air shell was destroyed by the extreme storm event “Bianca” and replaced by a new supporting air shell in October 2021.
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You don’t really get to see that anywhere else. So why don’t you come and visit us?
The annual operating costs amount to around €150,000.
Around one third of this is spent on energy and maintenance respectively. Restoration after the storm event will cost around €2.3 million.
The industrial monument Radom Raisting is a monument of outstanding national importance.
The owner and operator is the non-profit Radom Raisting GmbH.
It is a 100% subsidiary of the district of Weilheim-Schongau.
Guided and group tours by appointment and reservations only.
Are you interested in a visit or a guided tour?
You can secure your tickets by calling this number +49 881 681 1172.
We are looking forward to your visit.
Your Radom Raisting Team.
We will reopen for tours and guided visits in the spring of 2023.
In the meantime, we are preparing for your visit. We are planning a new exhibition and dedicating ourselves to the preservation of Antenna I of the Raisting Earth Station.
Thank you for your interest, see you soon at Radom Raisting.