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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 countries.

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 wines.

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 field.

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 survival. (SF1)

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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.




The 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.


Chariots 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.


The Return of the Gods - Evidence of Extraterrestrial Visitations  
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 itself.


Odyssey 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 station 

  • 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 same 

  • The city was destroyed in a war between aliens or their descendants 

  • What we now recognize as 'Greek myth' is in fact history

The Arrival of the Gods - Revealing the Alien Landing Sites of Nazca 
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 enduring mysteries.


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.

Release Date:

Dec 2004

Mysteries of The World (coming soon)

Mysteries of The World documents breath taking
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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All Books by Erich Von Daniken

1968 Chariots of the Gods (Putnam and Bantam Books)
1970 Gods from Outer Space (Putnam and Bantam Books)
1972 The gold of the gods (Putnam and Bantam Books)
1973 In Search of Ancient Gods : My Pictorial Evidence for the Impossible (Putnam and Bantam Books)
1974 Miracles of the Gods : A New Look at the Supernatural (Putnam and Bantam Books)
1977 Von Daniken's Proof (Putnam and Bantam Books)
1978 Im Kreuzverhör (not available in English)
1979 Signs of the Gods (Putnam and Bantam Books)
1981 Pathways to the Gods : The Stones of Kiribati
(Putnam and Bantam Books)
1982 The Gods and Their Grand Design : The Eighth Wonder of the World (Putnam and Bantam Books)
1983 Ich liebe die ganze Welt (not available in English)
1984 Der Tag an dem die Götter kamen (not available in English)
1985 Habe ich mich geirrt? (not available in English)
1987 Wir alle sind Kinder der Götter (not available in English)
1990 Die Spuren der Außerirdischen (not available in English)
1991 Die Steinzeit war ganz anders (not available in English)
1991 Die Rätsel im alten Europa (not available in English)
1992 Der Götterschock (not available in English)
1993 Raumfahrt im Altertum (not available in English)
1993 Das Erbe von Kukulkan (not available in English)
1994 Auf den Spuren der All-Mächtigen (not available in English)
1996 The Eyes of the Sphinx (BERKELEY BOOKS, New York)
1997 The Return of the Gods - Evidence of Extraterrestrial Visitations. (ELEMENT BOOKS, London and New York)
1998 The Arrival of the Gods - Revealing the Alien Landing Sites of Nazca. (ELEMENT BOOKS, New York and London)
2000 Odyssey of the Gods - An Alien History of Ancient Greece. (ELEMENT BOOKS, New York, London. Available May 2000)
2002 The Gods Were Astronauts: Evidence of the True Identities of the Old 'Gods". (Vega Books, London)
2004 Mysteries of The World (coming Dec 2004)


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