Opened in 1930, the planetarium is situated in Hamburg’s city park and offers spectacular impressions of the sky both inside and outside. It is around the corner from my place and I just love it there. The observation platform (42 m tall) is free (but currently closed until October) and accessible by elevator. After climbing the last few steps, the deck provides a stunning 360° view of the city across the lush tree tops. This view is amazing in almost every season – ok, maybe not so much in the winter…The cascading fountains pouring into the pool in front of the historic building invite people to just linger, listen and relax in the park for a while.
The former water tower is a landmark of Hamburg’s city district Winterhude and was fully renovated in 2002/2003. In the past, it was mainly used for educational purposes to teach students about astronomy and space travel. Meanwhile, the planetarium has evolved into a multi-media entertainment facility. The program offers an exciting variety of galactic audio-visual shows projected against a large domed ceiling. You can sit in reclining chairs and enjoy audio dramas, concerts, scientific lectures/readings and movies. Currently, they have several music shows inspired by or as a tribute to iconic bands such as Pink Floyd and Queen.
For the technically inclined: the Hamburg planetarium is one of the largest and most modern planetariums in Germany and is equipped with the latest technology – the projector itself (a Zeiss IX “Universarium”) is worth a visit!