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Recommended by 385 out of 400 hikers


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Steffi

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

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    • November 29, 2020

  • Wander-Hirsch

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

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    • October 22, 2020

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Location: Electoral Palatinate, Germany


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