It is next to the Feldberg tower one of the landmarks on the Feldberg: the Bismarck monument. In 1895 it was built by some of his admirers in honor of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The construction cost 18,000 marks on the highest point of the lake (1,448.2 meters). From here you have a magnificent view of the Black Forest.
Not far from the monument stands the second landmark of the mountain: the Feldberg tower. The tower is open daily for visitors from 9am. From the observation deck on the eleventh floor you can see in good weather to the Zugspitze, the Mont-Blanc massif and the Vosges. From May to October you can get your appetite in the Black Forest ham museum. The entrance to the tower is 3.80 euros.
February 3, 2019
In 1890, the admirers of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck met for the first time on the Feldberg. The idea arose to erect a memorial in honor of Bismarck on the Seebuck. Three years later, at the meeting on April 1, 1895 in the Feldberger Hof, the implementation was assured. Professor D. Dietsche modeled the relief with the image of Bismarck. Under the direction of the Freiburg city architect Thoma, the monument for 18,000 marks was erected on the highest point of the Seebuck.
On December 4, 1896, it was the first Bismarck monument in Baden to be inaugurated. At the same time, the hiking trail that leads up from the Feldbergerhof to the Seebuck and was called the Kapfererweg was opened for use.
Since 1890, Bismarck admirers have come together on the Feldberg every year to celebrate the "iron chancellor" and to honor his memory.
The celebrations continued until the war year 1941. On April 1, 1945, a few days before the end of the war, a few Bismarck friends laid a wreath at the monument on the Seebuck for the last time.
Because the Friends of Bismarck's Association no longer existed after the end of the Second World War, nobody paid any attention to the memorial in the first few years after the war, and it fell into disrepair. In 1956, the Hochschwarzwald district office was forced to intervene because the masonry was no longer stable. But because no owner could be identified, the fate of the monument seemed sealed.
However, since, like the Feldberg tower, it had become a landmark of the Feldberg summit, the municipality of Feldberg campaigned for its preservation. During the first days of May 1956, the upper third of the monument collapsed as a result of erosion damage. The Feldberg community carried out the reconstruction in 1966. The costs amounted to 29,000 DM. They were largely covered by donations; the Upper Black Forest district donated DM 15,000.
February 17, 2020
In order to get the best angle for a landscape view of the Feldsee, it is worthwhile to walk down the narrow path behind the Bismarck monument about halfway up. From there you have the best view. But be careful: do not leave the existing paths and when using a tripod make sure not to destroy the roots of the plants 🌱
September 11, 2020
Bismarck monuments were built in 1868 in honor of the long-time Prussian Prime Minister and first German Chancellor Otto Prince of Bismarck in many places of the former Germany and in the colonies. So it is not surprising that there is also a Bismarck monument up here on the Seebuck. It looks like a gnarled obelisk, which is made of rough stones and adorned on the front a relief of the Chancellor Bismarck. From here you have a great view especially on the Feldsee.
February 28, 2017
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