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Stiftung Planetarium Berlin

The Stiftung Planetarium Berlin (Berlin Planetarium Foundation) is a foundation under public law. Its sponsor is the State of Berlin (responsible body: Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family). The foundation was established in 1 July 2016 and includes the Archenhold-Sternwarte in Treptow, the Planetarium am Insulaner with Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte in Schöneberg and the Zeiss-Großplanetarium in Prenzlauer Berg.


The institutions of the Stiftung Planetarium Berlin at a glance:


The Archenhold-Sternwarte (Archenhold-Observatory) is the oldest and largest public observatory in Germany. It dates back to the 1896 trade exhibition in Berlin-Treptow and was founded to provide scientific and astronomical knowledge to the public. In 1915, Albert Einstein gave his first public lecture on the General Theory of Relativity in the observatory's large lecture hall. Today, popular lectures are still given here by scientific experts. With 500 square metres of exhibition space, the Museum of celestial science and changing special exhibitions invite people of all ages to enjoy an eventful exploration of the dimensions of the universe, our solar system and the history of astronomy. The heart of the Archenhold-Sternwarte is the »Great Refractor« – the longest movable refractor in the world – which can be used to observe the starry sky. In addition, the observatory offers a small planetarium, a solar physics cabinet and powerful reflecting telescopes. Over 700 square metres of additional space and the large outdoor area also make the Archenhold-Sternwarte an attractive venue for events. From 2002 to June 2016, the observatory belonged to the Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin. Since 1 July 2016, the institution has been part of the Stiftung Planetarium Berlin. Under the umbrella of the new foundation, it is being further developed into a modern astronomy and science museum.

Alt-Treptow 1, 12435 Berlin | Phone +49 30 5360637-19 |

Planetarium am Insulaner with Wilhelm-Foerster Sternwarte

The Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte (Wilhelm-Foerster-Observatory) can look back on an eventful history, which is closely linked to the history of Berlin. The Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte e.V. association was founded on 8 June 1953 to make astronomical knowledge accessible to all interested persons. With funds from the Berlin Class Lottery, the observatory on the Insulaner rubble mountain was built in 1961/1962 (opening in January 1963), and on 18 June 1965, a further facility was added with the opening of the planetarium at the foot of the Insulaner. In a rare combination in Germany, both the artificial starry sky can be shown, and real celestial bodies can be observed here.

In the large dome of the planetarium, visitors experience a magnificent artificial starry sky. Astronomical live lectures, radio plays, readings, 360° full dome shows, live music, special children's programmes and special programmes for school classes and day-care centres are part of the diverse programme. On clear days, you can explore the sky with your own eyes in the observatory. Until June 2016, the planetarium and observatory were operated by the Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte e.V. association. Since 1 July 2016, the institutions have been part of the Stiftung Planetarium Berlin. In the new facility, the site will be equipped with media labs and rooms for activities before and after classes and will be expanded to form an educational centre that will provide interesting offerings not only for schools, but also for students at Berlin and Brandenburg universities.

Munsterdamm 90, 12169 Berlin | Phone +49 30 790093-0 |


The Zeiss-Großplanetarium (Zeiss Grand Planetarium) is one of the last representative buildings of the former GDR and was built on the occasion of Berlin's 750th anniversary in 1987. With a diameter of 30 metres, its outter dome dominates the Berlin cityscape. A large planetarium hall with 307 seats and a cinema hall with 160 seats offer space for exciting excursions into the world of astronomy and science. After extensive modernisation, the grand planetarium reopened its doors on 25 August 2016 as the most modern science theatre in Europe. In addition to new media technology and a redesigned foyer, the overall concept of the modernisation also includes an overhaul of the content. The planetarium will explore new thematic areas: instead of showing exclusively astronomical programmes as in the past, it is also dedicated to other natural science areas, such as biology, chemistry or medicine. Music and culture will, of course, still be on the programme. From 2002 to June 2016, the Zeiss-Großplanetarium belonged to the Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin. Since 1 July 2016, it has been part of the Stiftung Planetarium Berlin and is being further developed as a scientific-cultural venue for families, schools and tourists with a focus on science theatre.

Prenzlauer Allee 80 | 10405 Berlin | Phone +49 30 421845-10 |