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Einsteinturm, Potsdam

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4.4/5 based on 20 reviews on the web
The Einstein Tower is an astrophysical observatory in the Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam, Germany built by Erich Mendelsohn. It was built on the summit of the Potsdam Telegraphenberg to house a solar telescope designed by the astronomer Erwin Finlay-Freundlich. The telescope supports experiments and observations to validate Albert Einstein's relativity theory. The building was first conceived around 1917, built from 1919 to 1921 after a fund-raising drive, and became operational in 1924. Although Einstein never worked there, he supported the construction and operation of the telescope. It is still a working solar observatory today as part of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam. Light from the telescope is directed down through the shaft to the basement where the instruments and laboratory are located. There were more than half a dozen telescopes in the laboratory.This was one of Mendelsohn's first major projects, completed when a young Richard Neutra was on his staff, and his best-known building.The exterior was originally conceived in concrete, but due to construction difficulties with the complex design and shortages from the war, much of the building was actually realized in brick, covered with stucco. Because the material was changed during construction of the building, the designs were not updated to accommodate them. This caused many problems, such as cracking and dampness. Extensive repair work had to be done only five years after the initial construction, overseen by Mendelsohn himself. Since then numerous renovations have been done periodically.
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  • We were keen to see the observatory while visiting Potsdam, so took the 20 minute walk in the rain up the hill from the station. It is in the middle of a science park and they just allow you in to wan...  read more »
  • If you care about Modernism, and you are in Berlin, it is worth going to Potsdam to see Erich Mendelssohn's Einstein Tower. Get a map from the Tourist Information office at the station, and enjoy the ...  read more »
  • It is very interesting to hear about the history of the Einstein Tower. Guided tours must be booked in advance.
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  • Very interesting.!!!
  • I ate a piece of it.
  • Great, interesting terrain but!: never book with the team of the Urania there a guided tour. There be chaotic conditions in the Organization, the employees were incompetent and unreliable. At the end of a group of 15 people at 3 ° C, on Sunday mornings 9:30 at the prearranged meeting point on the premises of the Science Park stood and despite written contract for a guided tour, no one showed up. After more than 45 minutes waiting time, we have looked at on their own terrain. Caused by the poor organization of the Office team of Urania, we were more or less free went to Potsdam. Not even a proper apology there afterwards. Very disappointing!
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  • Both architecturally and scientifically a highly interesting building. The leadership in the great refractor and the Einstein tower was very good.
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  • Architecturally before his time, being removed due to the multiple necessary renovations not far from a disaster. the Einstein Tower in Potsdam's Science Park. Who finds the Einstein Tower as such not so interesting, may find it stimulating, to undertake a tour of the Science Park, which despite my scientific interest - so with prior knowledge or maybe partly - found interesting. If you fast reading little, you get him in an hour, if you read the boards and a little wandering, it takes about one and a half hours. The entrance to the grounds is in the Northeast. (GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences Helmholtz Centre Potsdam)
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