Born on April 14th, 1935, in Zofingen, Switzerland, Erich von Däniken
was educated at the College St-Michel in Fribourg, where already as
a student he occupied his time with the study of the ancient holy
writings. While managing director of a Swiss 5-Star Hotel, he wrote
his first book, Chariots of the Gods, which was an immediate
bestseller in the United States, Germany, and later in 38 other
In the United States, Erich von Däniken won instant fame as a
result of the television special "In Search of Ancient
Astronauts," based upon his first book. In 1993, the German
television station SAT-1 started a twenty-five part TV series with
and by Erich von Däniken, entitled "Auf den Spuren der All-Mächtigen"
(Pathways of the Gods). In 1996, the American TV company ABC/Kane
produced a one-hour special, filmed all over the world, entitled
Chariots of the Gods - The Mysteries Continue. This film was
broadcast on the ABC network on September 26th 1996. In 1996/97
ABC/Kane produced another documentary with Erich von Däniken (seen
on the Discovery Channel). In Germany, the biggest TV network, RTL,
showed the film on November 26th, 1996. 7,7 million viewers in
Germany alone watched the program. Today, Erich von Däniken
continues his filming with ABC and RTL.
Erich von Däniken just finished the manuscript of his latest
book, Odyssey of the Gods, a book about Greek mythology. The book
was published in May 2000 by Element Books.
Erich von Däniken's books have been translated into 28
languages, and have sold 60 million copies worldwide. From his books
two full-length documentary films have been produced: Chariots of
the Gods and Messages of the Gods. Of the more than 3,000 lectures
which Erich von Däniken has given in 25 countries, over 500 were
presented at universities. Fluent in four languages, Erich von Däniken
is an avid researcher and a compulsive traveller, averaging 100'000
miles each year to remote spots of the Earth. This enables him to
closely examine the phenomena about which he writes.
Erich von Däniken is a member of the Swiss writers association,
the German writers association, and the International PEN-Club. He
was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate degree by the State
University of Bolivia. He received the "Huesped Illustre"
award from the cities of Ica and Nazca in Peru. In Brasil he
received the "Lourenço Filho" award in Gold and Platin,
and in Germany he was awarded with the "Order of Gordon Bleu du
Saint Esprit" (together with the German astronaut Ulf Merbold).
Today, Erich von Däniken lives in the small mountain-village of
Beatenberg in Switzerland (40 miles from Berne, above the city of
Interlaken). He has been married to Elisabeth Skaja since
1960. He has one daughter, Cornelia (born 1963), and two
grandchildren. Von Däniken is a hobby-chef and a lover of Bordeaux
In 1998, Erich von Däniken founded the Archaeology,
Astronautics and SETI Research Association , AAS RA which
publishes the English journal Legendary
Times™ reporting about the latest research in the Paleo-SETI
Chariots of the Gods -The Series is based on the books of
Erich von Däniken who more than twenty years ago first presented
his theory of extraterrestrial contact with the ancient world - a
theory so incredible yet so logical that it has become part of a
wide ranging debate that continues stronger today.
His examination of ancient ruins, forgotten texts, and other
archeological anomalies points to evidence of extraterrestrial
intervention in human history. Most incredible of all are von
Däniken's claims that we ourselves are descendants of these
galactic pioneers and that the evidence is out there to lead us to
them. Chariots of the Gods follows the adventures of the team
who will attempt to do just that.
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Together with two committees he is currently building a
fantastic theme park "Mysteries
of the World". Erich von Däniken is the founder of the
committees and also the vice president of the joint-stock company.
The opening date has been set for May 24, 2003.
The Mystery Park presents the mysteries of this world, based on
the ideas of Erich von Däniken, on the 100,000 sq.m. site of the
former military airfield at Matten, near Interlaken. "We are
not building a UFO park" repeatedly emphasises Erich von Däniken,
best-selling non-fiction author with a grand total over 60 million
books sold. The seven different theme buildings, set in a star
pattern around the main building, present mysterious, to-scale
evidence of various past cultures, such as the Pyramids of Gizeh in
Egypt or Chichen Itza of the Mayan Indians. Challenge looks to the
future, taking NASA's attempts to inhabit the planet Mars as its
theme. Erich von Däniken wants the anticipated around 500,000
annual visitors to "re-learn the feeling of astonishment in the
Mystery Park" and to ask questions on the wherefrom and whereto
of our civilisation.
Closure of Mystery Park is no enigma
One of Interlaken's top tourist attractions, the
Mystery Park, has closed its doors for the last time. The theme
park, opened in May 2003, was devoted to unsolved extraterrestial
mysteries, and was the brainchild of best-selling Swiss author Erich
von Däniken. It failed to attract enough visitors to guarantee its
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The demise of the Mystery Park in the Bernese Oberland resort of
Interlaken, which closed on Sunday, is no enigma but the result of
bad decisions, experts say.
They argue that the main reasons for the closure are the static
nature of the exhibition, the slow involvement of local tourism and
the stock exchange decline between 2001 and 2003.
"Mystery Park needs extraterrestrial saviour" and "Career dreamer
Erich von Däniken pulls back" were just two of the sarcastic
headlines journalists made in a long series of negative reports.
The criticism stepped up in 2005 and was particularly heavy in
the spring of 2006 when the park had to ask for a delay in
bankruptcy proceedings and protection from its creditors.
It all began in 1997 with ambitious plans. Best-selling Swiss
author Erich von Däniken announced he wanted to open a theme park
devoted to unsolved (extra-)terrestrial mysteries on the site of the
former local military airport.
As an international personality and mystery expert whose books
have been translated into numerous languages, von Däniken appeared
to be a guarantee that the park would be managed professionally.
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Eyes of the Sphinx
Erich Von Daniken
The author of the 7-million-copy bestseller Chariots of the
Gods? reveals startling new evidence of extraterrestrial
contact with Earth. From undiscovered passageways to the
world's first robot to ancient flying ships, this amazing
evidence will add new spark to the old debate and fascinate
a new generation with von Daniken's explosive theories.
of the Gods
Erich Von Daniken
Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of
monumental importance--the first book to introduce the
shocking theory that ancient Earth had been visited by
aliens. This world-famous bestseller has withstood the test
of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the
author's own popular sequel, The Eyes of the Sphinx. But
here is where it all began--von Daniken's startling theories
of our earliest encounters with alien worlds, based upon his
lifelong studies of ancient ruins, lost cities, potential
spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that point
to extraterrestrial intervention in human history.
Return of the Gods - Evidence of Extraterrestrial
Erich Von Daniken
The controversial proposition that we have been
subject to countless visits from beyond this planet for many
years. The culmination of long-term research, his book
argues that we are very much in the minds and eyes of other
cosmic life-forms and that, as a result, many of the
dramatic events and remarkable teachings or religious texts
should be reinterpreted--even the idea of Judgment Day
of the Gods - An Alien History of Ancient Greece
Erich Von Daniken
For anyone interested in Greece, extraterrestrial
encounters, or the untold story of civilization, Odyssey of
the Gods is a fascinating and revolutionary interpretation
of ancient Greek sites and legends. Odyssey of the Gods
explores evidence suggesting:
The oraclar site of Delphi was an aircraft refueling
Jason's pursuit of the golden fleece was in fact a search
for an essential aircraft component.
The ancient cities of Troy and Atlantis were one in the
The city was destroyed in a war between aliens or their
What we now recognize as 'Greek myth' is in fact history
Arrival of the Gods - Revealing the Alien Landing Sites of
Erich Von Daniken
Since discovered in 1927, archaeologists have puzzled
over the origin of the massive earth etchings at Nazca, in
the remote deserts of Peru. Arrival of the Gods reveals Von
Daniken's exclusive theory concerning Nazca's mile-long
"landing strips," vivid drawings of people, birds,
and animals, and the immense geometric designs. Using over
140 integrated photographs, specially designed maps, models
and drawings, Von Daniken reveals one of earth's most
The Gods Were Astronauts
Evidence of the True Identities of the Old 'Gods"
Erich Von Daniken
Why do nearly all the world's major religions
share such similar myths and legends? Erich Von Däniken,
author of the runaway international bestseller Chariots of
the Gods, believes he knows--and the answer is as wondrous
and awe-inspiring as it is controversial: the winged angels
populating the Bible, Koran, and other religious texts from
cultures the world over were in reality extraterrestrials
who visited the Earth in ages long past. Fully illustrated
with compelling full-color and black-and-white photographs,
the book takes us from the jungles of Myanmar, where ancient
pagodas point heavenward in the unmistakable shape of
spacecraft, to Portugal's mysterious legend of Fatima and on
to the unexplained "landing strips" of Peru and Egypt,
offering persuasive evidence that actual living beings
inspired the legends that became the basis for many of our
religious traditions. Intellectually challenging and
provocative, these findings shake the foundations of both
science and faith.
Mysteries of The World (coming soon)
Mysteries of The World documents breath
art photographs of facts and archeological sites supporting
Erich von Däniken’s theory of historical contacts between
civilizations from outer space with ancient civilizations on
our home planet earth. Erich von Däniken who more than
thirty years ago first presented his theory of
extraterrestrial contact with the ancient world selected
timeless and artistic photographs to bring them to you in
this unique art book.
Mysteries of The World combines an
unseen series of photographic impressions documenting his
theory, which long was believed to be incredible but as
science and knowledge advances is becoming so logical that
the re-writing of ancient history become inevitable.
Eric’s examination of ancient ruins, forgotten texts, and
other archeological anomalies points to evidence of
extraterrestrial intervention in human history.
As bio-sciences advance Erich von Däniken's claim that we
ourselves are descendants of these galactic pioneers is
becoming more and more likely. Evidence is out there to lead
us to them.
Erich von Däniken is the best-selling
non-fiction author of all time. His 29 books have sold more
than 63 million copies and have been translated into 32
languages. Besides creating a whirlwind of conspiracy, his
work has had a far-reaching influence on entertainment and
science. This unique art book will take you on an
unforgettable journey around our planet – one of many in the
endless universe - and present hints about historical
contacts with civilizations from outer space.
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