Planetarium Installations in Germany

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Zeiss-Grossplanetarium Berlin
Berlin
Germany
The Zeiss-Grossplanetarium in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district was built in the mid-eighties. It is run by the Berlin Planetarium Foundation. The complex housing the Planetarium is dominated by a 30 m outer dome. In 2016 the planetarium reopened following extensive renovation work and upgrades in the form of new ZEISS technology.  1987 23 m COSMORAMA
2016 23 m UNIVERSARIUM
Mark IX LED
Wilhelm Foerster Sternwarte
Planetarium am Insulaner
Berlin
Germany
Established in 1963, the planetarium can be considered the successor of the planetarium inaugurated near the Berlin Zoo in 1926, which fell victim to World War II. In 2010, the planetarium reopened with a ZEISS VELVET fulldome projection system. The VELVET system complements the optical-mechanical Model V B star projector. 1926-45 24,8 m ZEISS Mark II
1965 20 m ZEISS Mark V B
2010 20 m ZEISS VELVET
Zeiss Planetarium Bochum
Bochum
Germany
 
The Bochum planetarium, situated amidst the densely populated Ruhr district, is one of the region's cultural attractions. After comprehensive modernization including the integration of a ZEISS powerdome VELVET fulldome system, the Bochum Planetarium reopened on May 4th, 2010.
1964 20 m ZEISS Mark IV
2000 20 m UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX
2010 20 m ZEISS VELVET
Olbers-Planetarium Bremen
Bremen
Germany
When the Olbers Planetarium was inaugurated in 1952, it used a ZEISS projector built already before 1945 for astronomical navigation training. In 1979 it was replaced with a SKYMASTER ZKP 2, which has been an untiring workhorse since. The Bremen Planetarium today is focused on school astronomy and a wide variety of public shows. 
1952 6 m ZKP
1979 6 m SKYMASTER ZKP 2
Zeiss Planetarium und Volkssternwarte Drebach
Drebach
Germany
The Public and School Observatory of Drebach in the German Ore Mountains succeeded a school observatory set up in 1969. A SKYMASTER ZKP 3 has been set into operation in 2001 and upgraded to ZKP 3B in 2012. With the addition of two VELVET projectors the planetarium was converted into a state-of-the-art fulldome theater in 2014. 
1986 8 m ZKP 1
1989 8 m SKYMASTER ZKP 2
2001 11 m SKYMASTER ZKP 3 / 3B
2014 11 m ZEISS VELVET
Planetarium Hamburg
Hamburg
Germany
The Hamburg Planetarium has been built into a water tower, which captivates by its architecture. The structure has a look-out platform, providing a panoramic view of the city. In October 2017 the Planetarium reopened after an extensive reconstruction. The heart of the planetarium is an UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX projector, supplemented by a digital fulldome projection system.
1930 21 m ZEISS Mark II
1957 21 m ZEISS Mark IV
1983 21 m ZEISS Mark VI
2003 21 m UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX
Haus der Astronomie
Heidelberg
Germany
The "Haus der Astronomie" ("House of Astronomy") is a unique Center for Astronomy Outreach. The mission: to share the fascination of astronomy with a broad audience and with schoolchildren; to foster the exchange of knowledge between scientists; and to communicate the results of astronomical research to the media and to the public.
Image courtesy: Swen Carlin.
2011 12 m
20°
tilt
ZEISS VELVET
Zeiss-Planetarium Jena
Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung
Jena
Germany
The world's oldest planetarium still in operation was opened on July 18th, 1926. The building is classified as a historical monument. In the course of the decades, the Planetarium has seen many changes. In 2011 ZEISS powerdome VELVET, the only fulldome system featuring the True Black Projection Technology was installed. The planetariums is also producing its own fulldome shows. 
1926 23 m ZEISS Mark II
1969 23 m ZEISS UPP 23/7
1985 23 m ZEISS COSMORAMA
1996 23 m UNIVERSARIUM M VIII
2011 23 m ZEISS VELVET
Sternwarte & Planetarium
Volkssternwarte Laupheim e.V.
Laupheim
Germany
Laupheim has become a notable center of astronomical education and research in the south of Germany. The Planetarium was opened on May 18th, 1990. The dome is hidden under a striking pyramid structure. In autumn 2012 the most modern hybrid system consisting of ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP4 and powerdome VELVET was installed.
1990 10 m ZEISS M 1015
2012 10 m ZEISS SKYMASTER VELVET
Minikosmos
in der Miniwelt
Lichtenstein
Germany
The planetarium forms part of the "Saxony Miniworld" – a cultural and landscape park with many copies of famous monuments from all continents, scaled down 1:25. Equipped with ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4 and SPACEGATE Quinto, the planetarium is run by a private company. 2007 12 m
ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4 with
SPACEGATE Quinto
Planetarium Mannheim
Mannheim
Germany
Few people will recall that Mannheim had a planetarium as early as 1927. The building was demolished in World War II. In 2015, the Mannheim Planetarium reopened with new projection systems from ZEISS. Nine ZEISS VELVET projectors were installed in the course of a comprehensive renovation and modernization.
1927 24,5 m ZEISS Mark II
1984 20 m ZEISS Mark VI
2002 20 m UNIVERSARIUM M IX
2015 20 m ZEISS VELVET
Deutsches Museum München
München
Germany
Munich was the world's first city to have a projection planetarium – the ZEISS Model I. The Zeiss Planetarium has welcomed more than 8.5 million visitors. In 2015, the planetarium reopened with a ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4 LED projector and a 6-channel VELVET fulldome system. The Model I still exists there; it is on exhibit as a milestone in the history of representing the starry sky.
1925 10 m ZEISS Mark I
1960 15 m ZEISS Mark IV
1988 15 m ZEISS M 1015
2015 15 m SKYMASTER VELVET
LWL-Museum of Natural History
Westfalian State Museum with Planetarium
Muenster
Germany
Muenster is a regional cultural and economic center with a population of 280,000. In 1998 the planetarium was modernized featuring a UNIVERSARIUM Mark VIII. The planetarium entertains a partner relationship with the Zeiss Planetarium of Jena, which has been using the first ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM Mark VIII since 1996.
1981 20 m ZEISS Mark V
1998 20 m ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM Mark VIII
Museum am Schoelerberg
Natur und Umwelt
Osnabrueck
Germany
It is just like sitting in an open-air theater under the nightly sky. More and more stars emerge in bewildering multitude, until an overlay projection of constellation figures provides orientation. Then the sky starts to move, and the narrator explains the laws and patterns governing their motions." Quoted from the brochure "Travel through the Universe - The Osnabrueck Planetarium"
1986 8 m ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 2
2013 8 m ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4
Urania-Planetarium und Bürgel-Gedenkstätte
Potsdam
Germany
The small size planetarium is specially devoted to the astronomical curriculum. In addition to the planetarium the center features the Bruno H. Bürgel Memorial. The Planetarium is sharing its SPACEGATE Quinto fulldome system with the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. The system is specifically modified for realtime interactions. 1968 8 m ZKP 1
1981 8 m SKYMASTER ZKP 2
2010 8 m ZEISS SPACEGATE Quinto
Volkssternwarte und Planetarium „Adolph Diesterweg“
Radebeul
Germany
The observatory dates back to 1959. The public observatory with planetarium was inaugurated at the current location in 1969. The Radebeul planetarium received the first SKYMASTER ZKP 4 instrument with LED illumination for the star field. Over the decades many students have been active in the "Astroclub".
1969 8 m ZKP 1
1984 8 m ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 2
2011 8 m ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4
Schulsternwarte und Planetarium
"Sigmund Jähn"
Rodewisch
Germany
It all begun with the foundation of a small observatory in 1950. The school observatory and planetarium of today was established in 1985. The latest technical addition comprises a 2-channel fulldome system by ZEISS.
1985 8 m ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 2
2016 8 m ZEISS SPACEGATE Nova 
Zeiss Planetarium Schneeberg
Schneeberg
Germany
The facility is run by the authorities of the Aue-Schwarzenberg district in Saxony. More than two thirds of the annual attendance are school children. The annual "Schneeberg Day of Astronomy" are a special event. On three days in autumn visitors are offered lectures, exhibitions and discussions on astronomical topics and enjoy the friendly "Schneeberg atmosphere".
1976 8 m ZKP 1
1990 8 m ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 2
1997 8 m ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 3
Carl-Zeiss-Planetarium Stuttgart
Stuttgart
Germany
The first Stuttgart star theater suffered destruction in 1943. The new planetarium went into operation in 1977. Today, the Stuttgart planetarium is one of the most frequented in Germany. A new projection dome and the ZEISS Mark IX UNIVERSARIUM have been built in in 2001. In April 2016 the planetarium reopened with a new ZEISS VELVET fulldome system. 
1928 25 m ZEISS Mark II
1977 20 m ZEISS Mark VI A
2001 20 m UNIVERSARIUM M IX
2016 20 m ZEISS VELVET
Planetarium Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg
Germany
The first planetarium projector was a present made to the City of Wolfsburg by Volkswagen on the occasion of the city's 40th anniversary. On October 16th, 1996, visitors saw the premiere show with the first ZEISS STARMASTER. At the beginning of 2010 the optical-mechanical projection system was supplemented by the ZEISS powerdome VELVET fulldome system.
1983 15 m ZEISS SPACEMASTER
1996 15 m ZEISS STARMASTER
2010 15 m ZEISS VELVET
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