I've produced the following rough maps for the track through Europe.

All times on this page are quoted in Universal Time.

Europe Overview

This map shows the path of the total eclipse across Europe, highlighted in red. A partial eclipse will be visible over the entire area. The lines parallel to the eclipse track show the size of the partial eclipse visible at various locations: 90% in Berlin, etc. The lines across the eclipse track show the time of the maximum eclipse at those locations, in Universal Time: Düsseldorf, for example, will see its maximum partial eclipse at about 10:30 UT.

Map from the NASA SDAC Eclipse InformationGSFC Eclipse Web Site
The primary source of all the information on eclipses presented here at Hermit Eclipse. (NASA Goddard Space flight Center)

Each of the maps below shows the path of the total eclipse as a highlighted strip; the red line shows the centre of the path of the total eclipse. A partial eclipse will be visible over a much wider area and for a much longer period. I've stated local circumstances for a sampling of towns in and near the eclipse path, taken from the NASA SDAC eclipse bulletinThe Total Solar Eclipse of 1999 August 11
Nasa's bulletin on the total solar eclipse of 11 August 1999. (NASA Goddard Space flight Center)

NW France

The path of total eclipse crosses over northern Normandy, although it is missed by the centreline. Nevertheless, Cherbourg will see a total eclipse of 1m35s, with the maximum at 10:17 UT. The centreline hits the coast near Fécamp, which will see 2m07s of total eclipse at 10:20 UT; the centreline duration is just 2m08s, and the shadow is moving at 1,800 miles per hour. Dieppe gets 2m01s of totality at 10:21 UT, Noyon will see an eclipse of 2m11s at 10:24 UT, and the city of Reims will be eclipsed for 1m59s just after 10:25 UT, by which time the centreline duration has grown to 2m12s.

The partial eclipse in north-west France will last from around 9:00 UT to just after 11:40 UT. Paris will see a partial eclipse, beginning at 9:04 UT and ending at 11:45 UT, with a maximum coverage of 99% just before 10:23 UT.

NE France, Belgium, Luxembourg, SW Germany

The path of totality continues across northern France, and touches Belgium and Luxembourg, before crossing into Germany. Metz will see 2m13s of totality at 10:29 UT; St. Avold, just to the east and on the centerline, sees 2m15s at 10:30UT, which is about as long a duration as can be seen in France.

Nancy is right on the edge of the path of totality; I believe it is actually in the southern grazing zone, and will see the Sun almost obscured, but with beads of light formed by irregularities and valleys on the Moon's surface.

The path of total eclipse touches Belgium and Luxembourg, although neither is on the centre line. Bouillon in Belgium sees 50 seconds of total eclipse at 10:27 UT, and Virton, down in the southeast corner, sees 1m49s at 10:28 UT. The city of Luxembourg sees 1m20s of totality at 10:29 UT, and Dudelange, to the south, 1m55s just a little earlier.

For southwest Germany, Saarbrücken sees 2m09s of totality at 10:30 UT; but the best is yet to come, when the centreline crosses into Germany.

The partial eclipse in this area will last from around 9:10 UT to just after 11:50 UT.

Southern Germany

The cities of southern Germany are treated well by the path of total eclipse. Karlsruhe sees 2m08s of totality, just before 10:33 UT, followed immediately by Pforzheim, nearer the centreline, with 2m15s of totality. Stuttgart sees 2m17s at 10:34 UT; Augsburg, also 2m17s, at 10:37 UT; and München, slightly south of the centreline, 2m08s at 10:38 UT. The centreline duration here is approaching 2m19s; the total eclipse has slowed down to a mere 1,600 miles per hour.

Farther off the eclipse track, Rottenburg sees 1m44s of totality just before 10:34 UT; and Ingolstadt, 1m24s at 10:38 UT. Nürnberg, outside the area of the total eclipse, will see a maximum partial eclipse of 98% at 10:37 UT, having begun at 9:16 UT.

Southern Germany will see a partial eclipse from around 9:14 UT to almost 11:58 UT.


Austria is particularly fortunate to have the path of total eclipse pass right through the country; and although Vienna will see at most a 99% partial eclipse (with the maximum at 10:46 UT), a good number of Austrian towns are in the path of totality.

Salzburg will see totality for 2m02s, and Ried im Innkreis for 2m01s, both at 10:41 UT. Kapfenberg is eclipsed for 2m16s at 10:45 UT, and Mürzzuschlag for 2m17s just afterwards. However, none of these towns is exactly on the centre, and the eastern parts of Austria on the centre line will see a total eclipse as long as 2m21s.

The partial eclipse in Austria will last from around 9:18 UT to about 12:08 UT.

Slovenia, Hungary, Yugoslavia

As it leaves Austria, the path of total eclipse just barely touches northeast Slovenia, and then passes into Hungary. Szombathely is in an ideal location, and is rewarded with 2m22s of total eclipse, at 10:47 UT. Farther south, Zalaegerszeg sees 1m46s of totality shortly afterwards. Siófok, on Lake Balaton, is right on the centreline, with 2m22s of totality at 10:50 UT. In the southeast, Szeged is just off the centre, but will still see 2m21s of totality at 10:54 UT. The centreline duration here is over 2m22s.

The partial eclipse in Hungary will last from about 9:26 UT to around 12:13 UT. Budapest will see a maximum 99% partial eclipse at 10:51 UT.

The eclipse path partially cuts across Yugoslavia; although it is not on the centreline, it comes fairly close. Subotica will see a total eclipse lasting 1m42s, at 10:53 UT, and Kikinda will see 1m31s at 10:55 UT.

West Romania

The total eclipse path cuts right across Romania, covering many towns and cities. In the west, Arad will see 2m14s of totality at 10:56 UT, and Timisoara will see 2m02s just before 10:57 UT. Lupeni and Petrosani are very close to the centreline on either side, and will see 2m22s and 2m23s of total eclipse, respectively, at 11:01 UT.

Râmnicu Vâlcea is close to the centreline, and, what's more, close to the point of maximum eclipse; it will see 2m22s of totality at 11:03 UT, just one second short of the actual maximum duration of 2m23s, with the shadow of the Moon moving at its slowest speed of just over 1,500 miles per hour.

The partial eclipse here will begin at about 9:34 UT and end around 12:22 UT.

East Romania, Bulgaria

After the point of maximum eclipse has passed, eclipse durations can only get shorter; but this happens quite gradually. Pitesti, right on the centreline, will see a total eclipse of 2m23s at 11:04 UT, and Bucuresti (Bucharest) will see 2m22s at 11:07 UT.

As the eclipse path approaches the Black Sea, the centreline crosses (just) into Bulgaria, so coastal towns in both countries will see significant total eclipses. Mangalia, in Romania, and Balcik, in Bulgaria, will see 2m03s and 2m02s of totality, respectively, at 11:12 UT.

Elsewhere in Bulgaria, Tutrakan will see an eclipse of 2m10s at 11:08 UT; Kavarna, also 2m10s, at 11:12 UT; and Silistra, 2m21s at 11:09 UT.

The partial eclipse in East Romania and Bulgaria will last from about 9:39 UT to about 12:31 UT.