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The planetarium and observatory located in Berlin-Schöneberg (Berliner Planetarium und Sternwarte Wilhelm Foerster) are named after astronomer Wilhelm Foerster, who was director of the Berlin Observatory from 1865 to 1903 and co-founder of Gesellschaft Urania, a society devoted to promoting astronomy to a broader public audience. The Verein Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte, an association founded in 1953, now operates the planetarium and observatory and also works to continue the tradition upon which they were founded.
The observatory was opened in 1963 on a post-WWII rubble hill known as the "Insulaner." It became home to the so-called "Bamberg Refractor" built in 1889 and taken from the Urania building, which had been destroyed in the war. The planetarium was built two years later, at the foot of the Insulaner. The proximity of these two institutions to one another is unique in Europe.
When the weather is clear, the observatory provides a stunning view of celestial bodies. With the help of a large telescope, visitors can make out craters and mountains on the earth's moon and observe other planets and their moons. The sun, its spots and a huge number of stars, nebulas and galaxies can also be seen.
In the 300-seat planetarium, visitors are guaranteed a gloriously starry sky no matter what the weather or visibility conditions. Over 4,000 stars, comets, meteor showers, coordinate systems, constellations and eclipses of the sun and moon can be projected onto the artificial sky of the 20-metre dome. The movements of celestial bodies are simulated in a fast-forward motion. A number of lectures, audio presentations, readings, laser shows and special programs for children also help to introduce visitors to the secrets of the universe.

Opening hours,

Based on appointment

The planetarium at the Insulaner and the Wilhelm Foerster Observatory are open exclusively during the events. The ticket office in the planetarium opens one hour before the beginning of the event, the one in the observatory shortly before the guided tours. Current information is available at https://www.planetarium.berlin.

  • 24. December closed

Location,

Munsterdamm 90, 12169 Berlin

Telephone,

+49 (30) 79 00 93-0

Fax,

+49 (30) 79 00 93-12

Website,

www.planetarium.berlin

Email,

[javascript protected email address]

Prices,

Admission price 9,00 €

The entry prices can vary according to the event.

Reduced price 7,00 €

Musik und Unterhaltung 10,50 € / 8,50 € Schulklassen/Kita-Gruppen 4,00 € pro Person Familienkarte Wissen 24 €

Exhibitions

Events

Bild © LWL/Frogfish

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Planeten

Expedition ins Sonnensystem

Miscellaneous

Bild © Kwon O Chul
Zu sehen im Bildd: Zelte unter den Polarlichtern

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Aurora - Wunder des Nordlichts

Miscellaneous

Bilder © pxhere.com / CC0 1.0 Universal
Show der Stiftung Planetarium Berlin, zu sehen sind Hände, die ein Klavier spielen

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

As Time Goes By

Cosmic Classics

Lecture, talk, Miscellaneous

© SPB / Foto: Dr. M. Staesche
Show der Stiftung Planetarium Berlin, zu sehen der Sternenprojektor

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Pure Stars: Filmmusik (2)

Cosmic Classics

Miscellaneous

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Show der Stiftung Planetarium Berlin - hier zu sehen: Schmetterling

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Irische Zaubernacht: Ewige Liebe

Cosmic Stories

Lecture, talk, Miscellaneous

Bild © Thomas Quaritsch/unsplash
Eine Show der Stiftung Planetarium Berlin - hier zu sehem ein Regenbogen

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Irgendwo hinterm Regenbogen

Cosmic Classics

Lecture, talk, Miscellaneous

Bild © Karl Friedrich Schinkel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Eine Show der Stiftung Planetarium Berlin - hier zu sehen ein Gemälde über die Zauberflöte

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Die Zauberflöte - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Cosmic Classics

Lecture, talk, Miscellaneous

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Eine Show der Stiftung Planetarium Berlin - hier zu sehen ein festlich geschmückter Tannenbaum

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Good people all, it's Christmastime

Concert, Miscellaneous

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Eine Show der Stiftung Planetarium Berlin

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Charles Dickens: Ein Weihnachtslied

Lecture, talk, Miscellaneous

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Show der Stiftung Planetarium Berlin - zu sehen ist eine Kerze

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Pure Stars: Weihnachtsoratorium

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concert, Miscellaneous

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Show der Stiftung Planetarium Berlin - zu sehen ein Feuerwerk

Berlin Planetarium and Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Musik zu Silvester

Ludwig van Beethoven Sinfonie Nr. 9

Concert, Miscellaneous

Digital

Tickets

Admission price

9,00 €

The entry prices can vary according to the event.

Reduced price

7,00 €

Musik und Unterhaltung 10,50 € / 8,50 € Schulklassen/Kita-Gruppen 4,00 € pro Person Familienkarte Wissen 24 €

Family ticket

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Services

  • Library

Accessibility

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