At the highest point of the city park, the mighty tower of the Hamburg Planetarium stands as a striking eye-catcher. It marks one end of the 1.5-km-long visual axis over the festival meadow and the lake, at the other end of which the city hall once stood. Here, for many decades, Hamburgers and their guests have enjoyed and marveled at astronomical-themed shows and sometimes concerts under the stars. Even a greet in the Stadtpark – a guided tour of a special kind – naturally leads past the planetarium.
Explore stars and more with the Hamburg Greeters
The old water tower
The planetarium was built from 1912 to 1915 under the construction management of Fritz Schumacher as a water tower Hamburg-Winterhude. The almost 65 m high tower was included from the outset in the conception of the city park opened in 1914. From the west, the red-brick tower appears round, while its main facade to the east, with its colossal arches and niches, presents the image of a massive block with a round dome top. The 3000 m³ tank in the upper part is preserved, the water level in it used to be about the height of the viewing platform. As a water tower, however, the structure was disconnected from the mains again as early as 1924 – the elevated water reservoirs were no longer needed to generate pressure. This meant that work could begin on the planetarium in the lower part of the tower in 1926. The star dome therefore has nothing to do with the tower dome visible from the outside.
The Star Room
In the starry hall, the planetarium offers a diverse and varied program. Always there: The sky over Hamburg in the current month, and in addition many programs not only on astronomical, but also on other scientific and technical topics. And not to forget: The planetarium is a wonderful location for musical multimedia shows and occasionally even live concerts.
The new foyer
All about "Greets"
- Duration: two to three hours and absolutely free
- Max. 6 people, no combination of different requests
- Meeting point and exact route: by agreement between guest and Greeter
- Request: please at least two weeks before desired date
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