Hamburg’s popular observatory will be closed for modernisation and construction works until early 2017. Works on the base will start on 3 August 2015.
Barrier-Free and New Ground Level Entrance
Works will mainly focus on ground level, where the base of the historic water tower will be converted to accommodate shops, offices, toilets, and spaces for cafés and other providers of food. In addition, the Hamburg Planetarium will be accessible from ground level, i.e. directly from Hamburg’s large city park (Stadtpark) – an architectural landmark of the city. Two lifts will facilitate the access to the hall of stars and the popular viewing platform, which then – for the very first time – will also be in easy reach for handicapped people.
More Versatile Planetarium Experience
“Planned for many years and finally starting now, our base expansion provides the foundation for further development of the planetarium as an important cultural and venue in Hamburg”, said Dr. Horst-Michael Pelikahn, Secretary of State for Culture. Thomas Kraupe, director of Planetarium Hamburg, and Michael Jenke, commercial director of the venue, added.: “We are looking forward that hese works will enhance the Planetarium Hamburg experience, make it more versatile and entice visitors to spend more time with us. This is another important step towards securing the location of our cultural institution in the city park. “
Special Programme in August
Prior to the start of construction. the Hamburg venue with the highest number of stars will offer to visitors its special series “Last Nights of the Stars”, including additional shows and two premieres. With more than 300,000 visitors per year, the Hamburg Planetarium at city park is one of the world’s most popular venues of this kind. In order to keep then theatre of the universe’s stars on the road to success, the Parliament and Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg allocated up to 7.446 million euro in Hamburg’s budget for the extension of the building in the former water tower of Winterhude.