The Heidelberg Bismarckturm dates from 1903. Like all other Bismarck towers in Germany, the Heidelberg Tower was designed as a pillar of fire and not as a lookout tower. The German student body wanted to build in the end of the 19th century Bismarck in honor of as many towers on the top of a large fire bowl a Bismarck fire should be kindled. Even if the fire bowl is still available, the Heidelberg Tower is nowadays used mainly as a lookout tower.
December 22, 2017
The Heidelberg Bismarck Column is a listed observation tower that was built in Heidelberg in 1903. The Bismarck Tower is located on the southern slope of the Heiligenberg above the Philosophenweg.
The name "Bismarck's Column" for the tower can be traced back to the 1899 competition organized by the German Student Union, which was intended to encourage the erection of as many fire columns as possible (and not observation towers). Wilhelm Kreis won this competition with his model “Götterdämmerung”; the Heidelberg Tower is one of 47 towers that were built according to this design. The tower bears an imperial eagle relief with the serpent of discord. A cast iron fire bowl with a diameter of 2.5 meters is attached to the top of the tower. The Bismarck Column was renovated in 1985.
On January 19, 2003, the tower was 100 years old. In June 2003 an anniversary party was celebrated at the Bismarck Column, with a memorial fire lit in the brazier. Inside the tower you can climb up and have a view of the old town of Heidelberg.
August 16, 2021
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