Outside Walheim, a municipality in the Stuttgart region of southwest Germany, you come across a structure that challenges traditional historical narratives. What I call the Walheim Pyramid seems to stand there as a silent and stoic testament to an enigmatic, long-forgotten past.
Like few others in the surrounding area, this place inspires the imagination of citizen archaeologists and advocates of alternative history, as what you see is so strikingly reminiscent of monuments from long ago which can be found as ruins elsewhere in the world that it’s really hard to take it for anything else. It is perhaps no longer a surprise in other countries, but here in Germany it would be a sensation if we really were dealing with an ancient pyramid structure. Alone the dimensions of this entire complex, more than 3 hectares, are gigantic
No research interest?
It is therefore all the more incomprehensible that, apart from the mentioned people, nobody seems to be interested in the matter, even if it is only to find out and set the record straight about what it really is. If anyone has any additional information about this place and its history, I would be delighted to receive further insights.
A closer examination from an official archaeological point of view would be logical, especially since Walheim and the surrounding area were demonstrably already inhabited 6000 years ago and later represented an important center for the Celts and Romans. The remains of a Celtic hilltop settlement and two Roman forts nearby bear witness to the latter.
An artfully laid out vineyard or an ancient solar observatory?
I believe the general assumption is that these are artificially constructed terraces for the purpose of viticulture. Which seems more likely in the end? Was this structure always intended just for wine growing, or does it have a profound connection to our ancient past, that originally had nothing to do with the former?
If you look around in the following 360-degree image, you will see that, apart from the all-dominant pyramid and the terraces behind it, more or less well-preserved remains of other structures are recognizable throughout the area.
It is difficult to imagine such an asymmetrical complex designed specifically and only as a vineyard. The whole thing reminds me personally more of an old solar observatory, like the ones you can still find all over the world in many different shapes and forms.
It would be interesting to overlay the sunrises and sunsets at solstices and similar dates as they occurred maybe thousands of years ago. Perhaps the many corners and the terraces with their inclinations would then make sense as bearing aids. Unfortunately, my astronomical knowledge is currently insufficient to attempt this.
However, upon closer examination of the satellite map, it becomes apparent that this intricate complex is far from asymmetrical. In fact, every aspect appears meticulously calculated and expertly constructed. Corners and walls appear to intersect and run parallel to imaginary lines. I just outlined a few obvious ones, but I’m sure there are more. Unfortunately, the vegetation and the quality of the satellite image pose challenges to fully uncovering all aspects here.
This somehow reinforces the idea that this structure may have once served as a stellar observatory. What other reason could there be for the creation of such a remarkable site?
The most captivating feature of the complex is undoubtedly the stepped pyramid, nestled against a slope in the western section. The structure consists of six levels, including its upper plateau, with the lower five densely covered in trees. During spring and summer, it may prove challenging therefore to discern what lies ahead in this area.
Like the rest of the complex, the dry stone walls here are generally in good condition, with the exception of some areas that show stronger signs of decay. This casts slight doubt on the theory of a grand monument that may be thousands of years old. On the other hand, it would be plausible to attribute the well-maintained structures in part to the landowners involved in wine production, who probably always kept everything in good repair.
The concept of a castle ruin as my ultimate suggestion for a potential alternative origin doesn’t quite align either. The visual representation here deviates significantly from the typical expectations.
As you navigate through the dense thickets and undergrowth on the upper steps of the pyramid, you truly grasp the immense height of this structure. Equally remarkable is the intricate masonry, particularly evident on the topmost step where a beautifully crafted extension of the summit plateau can be found. It resembles a grand pulpit pointing westward. What was its purpose once, I wonder?
On the southern, or rather southwestern, side of the pyramid lies another enigmatic structure. Instead of the regular pyramid steps found on the opposite side, there exists a complex and diverse series of recesses and variously tiered incisions. Again, this area strongly resembles a pulpit or even a stage. The original purpose of this feature too remains shrouded in mystery.
360 degree views of the complex
Here you can find a few 360 degree views of the site. Drag the mouse over the image to change the viewing angle. Different scenes can be selected using the arrow at the bottom.
To summarize, the indications seem to point to a purpose for the Walheim site that goes beyond simple vineyard terraces. The precise alignments, the obvious pyramidal construction, the objectively considered agricultural nonsense of this complex, and the context of a long history of settlement in the area all suggest an age-old monument that we are dealing with here.
While more research and analysis are undoubtedly necessary to unravel the mysteries of this place, the notion of an ancient solar observatory seems increasingly plausible. It calls for the attention of both archaeologists and astronomers to delve deeper into its origins and functions, potentially rewriting a part of our understanding of ancient German history.