The Hamburg Observatory was built at its present location in Hamburg-Bergedorf between 1906 and 1912. The buildings mirror the architecture of that time, and
the instruments form an important historical record of astronomical research.
The whole ensemble was put under monument protection in 1996 due to its
significance in cultural history.
Hamburg observatory has a long tradition. It was founded by
Johann Georg Repsold (1770-1830) in 1802 and became a State Institute
in 1833. In the 19th century positional astronomy,
combined with a time service for navigation,
played an important role, and the institute was well known
in the astronomical world for its achievements.
In the 20th century astrophysics started to play the dominant role.
The "Förderverein Hamburger Sternwarte" (Friends of Hamburg Observatory), founded in 1998, helps to open the observatory to the public by organising
various events like lectures, guided tours, Long Nights of Museums, Open Days,
exhibitions, observing activities and cultural events (lyric moonlit nights,