Albert Einstein Science Park

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The Albert Einstein Science Park is located on the hill Telegrafenberg in Potsdam, Germany. The park was named after the physicist Albert Einstein. The best known buildings in the park are the Einstein Tower, an astrophysical observatory that was built to perform checks of Einstein's theory of General Relativity; and the Great Refractor of Potsdam,<ref name="Great_Refractor">Great Refractor telescope at Telegrafenberg</ref> which today belong to the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam. These buildings, along with various astronomical, meteorological, and geophysical observatories were integrated into an English country garden.

The park had already been designed by the middle 19th century according to plans by the architect Paul Emanuel Spieker on Telegrafenberg

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The Einsteinturm in the Albert Einstein Science Park

Since 1992 the following newly founded institutes have properties situated on the grounds:

  • German Research Centre for Geosciences<ref name="GFZ">GFZ Helmholtz Centre Potsdam</ref>(GFZ)
  • Astrophysical Institute Potsdam
  • Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

In the 1990s the historical buildings were extensively restored and numerous new buildings were erected.

The Einstein Tower and the observatory of the Great Refractor of Potsdam<ref name="Great_Refractor"/> also host exhibits.