Anteroom

Astronomical clock

 

A special attraction here is the astronomical clock, which was built in 1746 on a design of Court Councillor Wilhelm Friedrich Hüsgen. The young Goethe may well have admired it in Hüsgen's house. Orbiting rings above show the date, and underneath them the time, the phase of the moon and the sun's position with the signs of the zodiac can be read.



The dancing bear in the little window below serves as a signal: before the complicated piece comes to a stop, he lies on his back as a reminder to wind up the clock.

 

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