Both locations of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, in Seewiesen and in Radolfzell, have a long history. Find out more about it on this page.
Seewiesen is a small area in Upper Bavaria, situated between the lakes Starnberger See and Ammersee. From 1954 to 1999, it was the site of the Max Planck Institute for Behavioural Physiology and was the workplace of Nobel Prize winner Konrad Lorenz for many decades.
One of the leading international institutions for ornithology has been located in Möggingen, Germany at Lake Constance since 1946. In 1901, the German Society for Ornithology, led by Johannes Thienemann, founded an ornithological station in former Eastern Prussia (now Rybatschi, Russia).