Odyssee im Zeiss-Planetarium

Prenzlauer Allee 80,
Berlin 10405

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Odyssee im Zeiss-Planetarium

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The Zeiss Major Planetarium in Berlin is one of the largest modern stellar theatres in Europe. It was opened in 1987 on the borders of the Ernst-Thälmann-Park housing estates in the Prenzlauer Berg locality of Berlin.

Planning for the area commenced with old gas works to be torn down by 1981. The 750th anniversary of Berlin gave an opportunity to the communist government to create a new style of housing estates with decorative high-rise residential buildings, a cultural centre with restaurants and a planetarium supposed to be larger than the old one in the Archenhold Observatory of Berlin. The building, by architect Erhardt Gisske, was opened on schedule on 9th October 1987. The dome of the main hall has a diameter of 23 metres (75ft) and it is equipped with a Cosmorama planetarium projector from Carl Zeiss AG.

The building is not only used for astronomy shows but the dome hall with 292 seats also hosts music concerts and live drama with the regular Hörspielkino unterm Sternenhimmel (“Audio theatre under a starry sky”) running since 1995. There is also a café and a cinema with 160 seats.

Contributed by David Simpson
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