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  • Thüringer Wald

    The tower on the Wetzstein (792 m above sea level) was erected as a memorial against the expulsion of people and as a memorial to a lost home. He is 35.8 meters high.

    The building consists of basement and ground floor and 9 upper floors. The top floor has an open and a closed observation deck, from where you have a beautiful view over the Thuringian Forest.

    Admission: 3 euros

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    • September 12, 2017

  • Söhni 🏃

    The new Altvaterturm is a memorial against displacement, a place of remembrance and encounter, a place of reconciliation, a tourist shop window on the southeastern Rennsteig. Several rooms of the Altvaterturm are used to display local and historical material.
    The tower is 35.8 m high and the viewing height on the open viewing platform is 824 m above sea level. N. N.

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    • January 31, 2020

  • Timber

    After about 2 km steady uphill with a great panorama over the shale lake we arrived at the Altvaterturm. This was inaugurated in 2004 and released to the public. The original tower was located in the Jeseniky Mountains in the Czech Republic and was blown up in 1912. The internally displaced Sudeten Germans tried to rebuild "their" tower and contacted Lehesten at the end of the last millennium. Now the faithful replica is on the 792m NHN whetstone. The tower houses an exhibition about the history and life of the Sudent German spread over several floors.

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    • May 3, 2019

  • Matze

    A visit to the tower is worthwhile in every season, and the information in the museum is very interesting. The view from the top is beautiful.
    In winter there are many skiers on the way, but also the footpath is quite well cleared, especially since the restaurant is recently re-farmed. I hope the new tenant lasts longer than the old ones, but of course it depends on the number of guests ...
    On weekends or public holidays the Wetzsteinhütte has opened nearby. For a long time, this was the only way to stop for a drink (there are only small things - bottled drinks, home-baked cakes or maybe Bockwurst). But everything is very lovingly prepared.

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    • December 5, 2019

  • Timber

    On 12.12.1976 the Altvaterturmverein was founded in the Hessian Langgöns. The foreword to the statutes states:
               '... This club has in particular its objective in the rebuilding of the dilapidated in the native Sudetenland
               "Altvaterturmes", as well as the general effort to preserve the cultural heritage and customs of the lost homeland. ... '
    Now began a decade-long work to raise funds for the goal, the construction of the tower. At the same time building materials were collected and planning started without having a concrete 'building site'. Various locations in the 'old federal states' were considered and negotiated with the relevant authorities. None of these places got approval.
    After the 'turn of the century' in 1989 personal contacts from Hesse to Thuringia, which arose through local partnerships, led to the establishment of contact with the city of Lehesten. At a historical place, the whetstone, could be built. From the ground-breaking ceremony in 1999 to the inauguration in 2004, the willingness to donate increased. Now it really was what they had been doing for so long. Thanks to a great many comrades, a memorial was erected against the injustice of expulsion and for reconciliation in Europe. At the same time, an observation tower has been created, which allows a beautiful panoramic view. The preservation of the tower as a museum meeting place against forgetting and as a destination is the highest goal of the association.

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    • July 10, 2019

  • Marco E.

    Very nice destination. In the tower there is a permanent exhibition about Silesia, Bohemia and Moravia. The view in fine weather is wonderful. Around the Altvaterturm there are beautiful hiking trails / cross country ski trails

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    • June 10, 2019

  • Gerd

    Beautiful tower. Who wants to pay high 3 € :(

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    • August 20, 2017

  • Inspirationsschmiede

    The tower and gastronomy are currently only open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (as of 7/2020).

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    • July 11, 2020

  • Ralf Schwan

    Magnificent views far over the Thuringian Forest, into the Franconian ...

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    • July 22, 2020

  • Cosmos Garibaldi

    A worthwhile detour on beautiful forest paths around the Altvaterturm; with chapel and gastronomy. 250 further Wenceslas Hut with gastronomy.

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    • September 6, 2020

  • Aurelia

    Impressive replica of the original. Currently open only on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    • September 12, 2020

  • Michaela

    In memory of the displaced. Be sure to plan on a hiking tour. Either as a starting point (can be reached directly by car) or as the first destination from the hiking car park "Abzweig Altvaterturm".

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    • October 24, 2020

  • Sanna

    Beautiful tower, historically very interesting, from above you have a fantastic view.

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    • October 25, 2020

  • Stephanie

    The tower is a memorial for the war displaced persons and the people who were killed during the war. If you want to go up the tower, you can do that for € 3

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    • October 28, 2020

  • Fritz Hubert

    Interesting, but takes some getting used to from the language on the memorial stones.

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    • December 3, 2020

  • Lydia

    The Altvaterturm is currently closed until further notice.

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    • May 31, 2020

  • Naxxos

    Even if the tower is still not accessible and the restaurant is still closed, the Altvaterturm in the middle of a wonderful forest landscape is a wonderful hiking destination. Several tables and benches invite you to linger and enjoy.

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    • June 25, 2020

  • Naxxos

    The lookout tower with its wonderful panoramic view of the Thuringian Slate Mountains, Franconian Forest, Fichtel Mountains and beyond is, even if it is closed at the moment, a very worthwhile hiking destination. There are several resting places and benches on the area, so that the building can be admired extensively during a hiking break.

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    • June 26, 2020

  • Vogtländer 🌍

    Unfortunately, it was closed when we were there

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    • August 12, 2019

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