The massive observation tower rebuilt in 1999 on the Pleßberg, the local mountain of the Breiters with a height of 644 meters, is one of the most popular excursion destinations in the region.From the approximately 22 meter high platform of the Plesturm you have an excellent panoramic view of the Thuringian Forest with its highest elevation, the Großer Beerberg, to the Dolmar near Kühndorf, to the Wartburg, to the Hohen Meißner, to the Hohen Geba and to the nearby mountains of the Rhön such as the Oechsenberg and the Dietrichsberg near Vacha. Staying in the tower is somewhat mystical when the wind whistles over the summit with strong force.
The "tower noises" are then reminiscent of one or the other story from the world of fairy tales and legends of bygone days. The magic of the "Hexenzug" is literally palpable on Walpurgis Night.Duke Georg II of Saxony-Meiningen once seemed to have been enchanted when he created his drawing of the witch's procession, which originally adorned the theater duke's hunting lodge, which stood in a clearing below the mountain. We can find a copy today on the foundation of the previous tower.The tower and hiker's hut invite you to take a break. You will be looked after by the Rhönklub Zweigverein Breitungen on the weekends on Saturday from 1 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.On weekdays, a key to the tower can be collected from the Breitungen guest information desk for a deposit.Source: thueringen.info/breitungen-plessberg.html
August 6, 2021
The Pleß is a 645.4 meter high Rhönberg in the Salzunger Werraberglang in the district of Schmalkalden-Meiningen. Originally it was called Bleßberg. Since there was another mountain of the same name in the Duchy of Saxony-Meiningen, Duke Georg II ordered the name to be changed to Pleßberg at the end of the 19th century in order to avoid confusion. A little later the addition -berg was dropped.The first observation tower was built on the Pless in 1921. However, the so-called "Plesturm" collapsed in 1934. Its successor was built in 1936 with a more stable construction, but this tower only existed until 1963. Because from 1962 the entire area was declared a restricted military area of the GDR, which meant that maintenance of the tower was no longer possible and it was demolished. The third tower has been standing since 1999, this time bricked with sand-lime brick and now provided with a facade made of titanium zinc sheet. From the 20 meter high viewing platform you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Thuringian Forest, the Rhön and the Hessian skittles. In addition, the view falls along the Werra past the Wartburg near Eisenach to the Hohe Meißner.In 1996 the municipality of Breitungen acquired the area around the Pleß and has had its own local mountain ever since.Trenches between the Pleß and the Stoffelskuppe show that the border between Thuringia and Franconia was once here in the Middle Ages.Source: rhoenfuehrer.de/ausflugsziel/berge-kuppen/pless/3073
August 6, 2021
The new (third) Pleß tower has stood on the summit of the Pleß since 1999.
It stands immediately to the south of the natural stone base of the second Plest tower from 1936.
The natural stone tower base is now an accessible viewing platform that is reached via a staircase.
The new Plesturm is made of sand-lime brick, has a facade made of titanium-zinc sheet and was inaugurated on October 2nd, 1999.
From its viewing platform at a height of 20 m you can see the Thuringian Forest, the Rhön (with the Wasserkuppe) and the Hessian skittles; in addition, the view falls along the Werra and past the Wartburg to the Hohen Meißner.(Source: Wikipedia)
February 7, 2021
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