Planetarium Hamburg


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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.

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Planetarium Hamburg

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Planetarium Hamburg - Foto: Rainer Schneehorst

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.

Planetarium Hamburg - Sternensaal - Foto: Jan-Rasmus Lippels

The Star Room

The planetarium was opened in 1930 and equipped with a Zeiss Model II projector, which was in service until 1957. For this purpose, a dome hall with a diameter of 20.6 m was installed in the lower half of the tower. Today, with its Zeiss Universarium Model IX, its Digistar-3 projection system, its Spatial Soundwave System, the Hamburg Planetarium is the world’s first planetarium with 3D sound and 3D image. The comfort for the audience has also changed. Initially equipped with wooden chairs and benches, today there are 253 modern and comfortable reclining chairs, in which it is easy to keep an eye on the entire dome area.
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.
Planetarium Hamburg - Foyer (Bildrechte: Fotografenwerk)

The new foyer

In 2015-2016, very extensive alterations were made to the then century-old tower in the base area, which opened up a whole new level for visitors. The foundation in the base was exposed and broken through on three sides for new, now ground-level entrances. Through the meter-thick walls one enters the foyer, which is now two stories high. Its ceiling is still adorned with the ceiling painting by the painter Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen, in which many constellations of the northern hemisphere and the zodiac are depicted as fantasy figures. Elevators allow barrier-free access to the upper level and the Star Room. On the lower level, Café Schmidt offers a colorful range of drinks and food indoors and outdoors.
Planetarium Hamburg (Bildrechte: Planetarium)

Hamburg view

With its 45-meter-high observation deck, a visit to the planetarium is a good idea even if you don’t want to see any stars. Two elevators take visitors to the 8th floor; from here, one has a 360-degree panoramic view of the city. To the south, you can make out the city skyline with the church towers, the City Hall tower, the Elbphilharmonie concert hall and the harbor cranes. A piece of the Outer Alster can also be seen from here. To the east, the view falls over the main axis of the city park to the festival meadow and the city park lake with its natural swimming pool, and further on to the buildings of Barmbek. To the north, very close by, are the office buildings of City Nord and, a little further west, the tower, hangars and terminals of Hamburg Airport Helmut Schmidt in Fuhlsbüttel. Finally, to the west, you can see the Volksparkstadion, home of the HSV soccer club.

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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