Opened in 1930, the planetarium is situated in Hamburg’s city park and offers spectacular impressions of the sky both inside and outside. This former water tower was fully renovated in 2002/2003 and is a landmark of Hamburg’s city district Winterhude. It was supposed to be relocated to HafenCity, but thanks to the efforts and dedication of locals it remains in its original location. Whoop-whoop!
The cascading fountains pouring into the pool in front of the historic building invite visitors and locals alike to linger, listen and relax in the park. I regularly visit the observation platform (42 m tall) to enjoy the 360° view of the city across the lush tree tops. It is open to the public and accessible by elevator (“Aussichtsplattform” opening hours here). It’s an experience regardless of the season!
In the past, the planetarium 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 a fine variety of audio-visual shows projected against a large domed ceiling. Currently, they have several music shows inspired by or as a tribute to iconic bands such as Pink Floyd and Queen. Additional events include live music, scientific lectures, poetry readings and audio dramas.