The cosmos cycle path “Kleine Kyll” helps us understand the cosmos
Without a suitable model, the cosmos exceeds the boundaries of our imagination, regardless of whether we occupy ourselves with its magnitude or its age. How can one picture 100 000 light years or 100 million years? With an average lifespan of 75 years and an action range of a few hundred kilometres, we humans are simply not accustomed to thinking at the huge scales which the universe of time and space requires.

We need aids to do so. A globe helps us picture the size of the continents and the whole earth. You are presently standing at the start of the cosmos cycle path, which goes a step further by shrinking the terrestrial globe so much that the remaining planet globes and the entire solar system can be “experienced” within a few kilometres. Naturally you can also hike through the cosmos cycle path. The path’s total length is a scant 20 kilometres.

What are planets? How large is the sun? What is a light year? What’s the deal with the Big Bang? These are all questions which are answered by the cosmos cycle path. It starts at the Duan spa gardens and leads you through the boroughs of Pützborn, Oberstadtfeld, Niederstadtfeld and Schutz, all the way to Meerfeld. The path is split into two areas:

The individual planets are found between the Daun spa gardens and the Bleckhausener Mühle.  They are true to scale in size and distance from the sun. The individual pillars provide several comparative values. The height of each pillar and the diameter of the gravel bed in which it stands correspond exactly to the diameter of the sun at that scale. The width of the pillar corresponds to Jupiter, our solar system’s largest planet. The back side of each pillar has a double view port through which you can look inside the respective planetary body.

However, don’t expect to find a planet behind every turn in the path! You will quickly notice that the distances in the cosmos are enormous.

And keep in mind: Everything that you see here is five-hundred million times larger in reality! So when you cover a distance of one meter, that is exactly 500 000 metres in reality. Every step you take here corresponds to a length of approximately 300 000 km. If you take a step every second, then in this model you are striding through the solar system at the speed of light! With one turn of the wheel per second, a cyclist even manages to exceed the speed of light.

Between the bridge over the Kleine Kyll by the Bleckhausener Mühle and the Meerfelder Maar, you are in the second area of the cosmos cycle path. Here your steps do not correspond to a measurement of length, but to a period of time. Every step takes you 2 million years into the past or future, depending which direction you go in. Every meter corresponds to 3 million years. So you are travelling in time between now and the big bang, the point when space and time were created.