Great Refractor and Einstein Tower
The "Science Park Albert Einstein" on Potsdam's Telegrafenberg (see locations) is home to the Great Refractor and the Solar Observatory Einstein Tower, which are very interesting in a history of science context and still very popular with all age groups. The park is open during the day, all buildings can be visited from the outside without making an appointment. Guests of the science park only need to register at the park entrance (front gate).
The Great Refractor can be visited within a guided tour. Dates and hours are announced via our public events page and via the local media in Potsdam; guided tours for groups of 15 or more people are also possible via the Förderverein Großer Refraktor e.V..
An outside visit of the tower is possible at any time during the day and highly recommended. Guests have to register at the entrance of the science park. Visiting the interior is only possible during the winter months, as the telescope and optics laboratory are in constant use for current research tasks. In general, the interior can only be visited as part of a guided tour, where further information about the building, the telescope and current tasks are explained. The Urania Potsdam usually organises guided tours.
Interested parties are kindly requested to contact:
Urania Association "Wilhelm Foerster" e. V.
Tel.: +49 331 291741
Fax: +49 331 29 36 83
Please understand that we have to limit the number of visitors. The building is designed as an observatory and is not suitable for large groups. In addition, the open construction inside makes the optical instruments very sensitive to dust and humidity. Registration for all Urania events is therefore absolutely necessary! Individual further agreements are possible to a limited extent, arranged by Urania.
Groups of school pupils and students may also contact the press and public outreach section directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.