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European Southern Observatory Paranal

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Interesting tour

We booked our Saturday tour about 8 months in advance by email. Tour takes 3 hours and is offered... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
Helen F
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fabulous place

I had the chance to visit it for a weekend, sleep in the hotel, visit and see all the... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

We booked our Saturday tour about 8 months in advance by email. Tour takes 3 hours and is offered in English and Spanish. You need your own car to travel to Paranal. There are no facilities (petrol, food) on site so come prepared! Whilst the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Helen F
Reviewed 30 August 2018

I had the chance to visit it for a weekend, sleep in the hotel, visit and see all the installations it is just simply too much incredible that this is possible to see all of this the pure technology at its hghest level recall the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Paranal is worth the long trip from San Pedro to arrive at 13:30 on Saturday afternoon, the one day a week that the public can enter. What a place! The tours are in English and Spanish. The equipment is immense. The whole experience was wonderful....More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Arthur S
Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

I had the privilege of working at the Paranal Observatory for a couple weeks. I stayed at the ESO Hotel, (which was the building that was 'blown up' during the finale of the James Bond 'Quantum of Solace' movie. The technicians and staff were amazing,...More

Date of experience: April 2015
1  Thank evilgenius666
Reviewed 12 December 2015

It is not often anybody gets the chance to visit an observatory so we took it. Well explained by the guide bearing in mind that he is marine-biologist during the week, not anything to do with the observatory as one might expect. A worthwhile trip...More

Date of experience: November 2015
3  Thank Bill V
Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

A visit at Paranal was very interesting, we could visit James Bond hotel and of course had a tour in the Observatory. We saw the Telescopes and learned about their system. In addition we could shortly visit the offices of scientists. Prepare questions as you...More

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank Deimantele
Reviewed 9 November 2015

We booked the Saturday early afternoon visit (there's only 2 visits on Saturday). As there's absolutely no way the get there on public transport (unless you plan to walk up the hill from the junction for a few km in the heat) we rented a...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank mohlux123
Reviewed 18 October 2015

Sign up online to visit and tour the facility. It is an amazing place to see how we are exploring the galaxies and what has been done to provide European, North American, East Asian and Chilean scientists with advanced equipment and facilities to explore the...More

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank SanDiegoGuy1
Reviewed 9 June 2015

I knew I couldn't enter without a booking but I went there and tried to go up to see just the view. You can't even go up. There is a security point and you can't pass without a booking. The tours are made on Saturdays...More

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Maufisio
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Response from Helen F | Reviewed this property |
About 3 hours. Short video, drive to upper level, outdoor tour, indoor tour then q&a.
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22 December 2015|
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Response from Bill V | Reviewed this property |
Just had a quick look, one way taxi £65-£70, with standing time for the driver extra it is better to hire a car. Contact me by PM if you require further info as I was there three weeks ago.