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Bismarcksäule

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Please check local regulations for: Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald

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  • Sebastian Kowalke

    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.

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    • December 22, 2017

  • Anke 🤗

    The Bismarck Tower or better said "Bismarck Column" was built in 1903 above the Philosophers' Way.

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    • June 28, 2020

  • Kauai

    You should definitely take the stairs in the tower. Because from the top has a great view of Heidelberg.

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    • December 31, 2017

  • Assisipilger

    Wonderful view over Neckartal, Heidelberg and Rheinebene

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    • October 31, 2017

  • Ondschi

    57 steps - then you are at the top

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    • July 16, 2022

  • Oliver OSS

    A wonderful view over Heidelberg

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    • June 16, 2017

  • Jochen

    This Bismarck column is located halfway up to Heiligenberg. If not locked, the column can be climbed by a staircase inside.

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    • January 5, 2020

  • Thomas 🖤💚

    The Bismarck Column Heidelberg is a listed lookout tower that was built in Heidelberg in 1903. The Bismarck monument is located on the southern slope of the Heiligenberg above the Philosophenweg.

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    • May 19, 2020

  • Ondschi

    57 steps - then you are on the tower

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    • July 16, 2022

  • Tom 💙💛

    After a not really strenuous ascent you have a nice view of Heidelberg and the Rhine valley direction Mannheim.

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    • November 28, 2016

  • Petra

    Be sure to go to the tower when it's open (usually April to October, but we were lucky on the 3rd of November too). On good days fantastic views to the Palatinate and the northern Black Forest

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    • November 3, 2019

  • 🇺🇦Uwe 🏃‍♂️1098🏍

    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.
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    • August 16, 2021

  • Ralph K.

    If you start from the Heidelberg Bridge, the tower is one of the first highlights.

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    • May 24, 2018

  • Biitii 105

    When I reached the top of the tower, I was particularly fascinated by the trees, which were full of chestnuts, because I have never seen it like this, since you are usually more under a tree

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    • September 20, 2019

  • Monika L.

    If you start from the Heidelberg Bridge, the tower is one of the first highlights

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    • January 6, 2022

  • Jonny

    Grandiose view!

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    • October 12, 2018

  • Dirk

    Every city has a Bismarck tower ... was to when we were there, but is probably open to some Jahresueiten.

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    • February 28, 2019

  • Steffi

    From 1.11. until 15.3. the entrance to the pillar is blocked.

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    • November 29, 2020

  • Tanja

    You can not only admire the Bismarck Column from the outside, you can also go in and all the way to the top and have a great view

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    • August 30, 2021

  • Wander-Hirsch

    One of the many beautiful viewpoints to Heidelberg on the other side of the Neckar

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    • October 22, 2020

  • Luca

    Currently closed! Still nice to look at from the outside 😊

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    • May 30, 2021

  • Veronika 2020

    Very impressive and you can go up again and enjoy the great view

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    • August 14, 2021

  • ChrisTy

    Great tower with a view invites you to take a break :)

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    • August 21, 2021

  • Mo

    The tower can be climbed and offers a great view of Heidelberg and the surrounding area from above.

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    • August 30, 2021


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