Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Kuffner observatory is a telescope-equipped public astronomical observatory located in the 16th district. The observatory was constructed from 1884-1886 and financed by Moriz von Kuffner, who made a fortune in the brewery business and was a significant sponsor of Vienna's social and cultural life as well as a mentor of astronomy. During the years leading up to World War I the observatory became one of the most important astronomy sites in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and established a considerable international reputation. After World War II it was converted into an educational astronomy facility. Today the main task of the observatory consists in public education on astronomy, operating and preserving the historical equipment, and minor projects in scientific astronomy.