"20 m high is the monument to the Berger monument on the valley of the Ruhr Valley, 130 meters above it rises above the Ruhr and offers the visitor a wonderful view.The mighty tower is built from Ruhr sandstone blocks and shows on the south side the coat of arms of Witten and the Westfalenwappen. In the center of the tower is a plaque with the inscription "In Memory of Louis Berger 28.8.1829 - 9.8.1891". The citizen of Louis Witten, Louis Berger, son-in-law and biographer Friedrich Harkorts, is considered one of the most important industrialists of the early days of the industrialization of the Ruhr area. Even his father Karl Berger is considered a pioneer of mining and ironworks, he founded in 1854 in Witten a cast steel factory, which developed under the leadership of his son to one of the first major industrial enterprises in the Ruhr. The quality of Berger's cast steel formed the technological basis for the Prussian Zündnadelgewehr and the gun tubes from Krupp. Louis Berger devoted himself to increasing age, finally more of politics than the company, he was since 1865 a member of the Prussian Chamber of Deputies and 1874-1881 of the Reichstag. In addition to the political aspects of mining and industry, he devoted himself intensively to general social issues, Berger was also co-founder and promoter of the gymnastics community Witten. At their suggestion, the monument was erected in 1902 on the Hohenstein.The tower-like monument in Wilhelminian monumental style is a document of the zeitgeist in Witten at the turn of the century. The viewpoint and the adjoining park have always been a popular destination. It used to be one of the largest open-air theaters in Germany, where half the Ruhr area used to make pilgrimage before the television age, and at the u.a. the important painter Elisabeth Schmitz worked as an outfitter. "Source: route-industriekultur.ruhr/panoramen/berger-denkmal.html
March 10, 2018
Directly on the edge of the mountain to the Ruhr valley stands the Berger monument, a 20 m high lookout tower in honor of the industrialist and Reichstag politician Louis Berger (1829 - 1891). He had intermittent u.a. the management of the cast steel works founded by his father - now known as Deutsche Edelstahlwerke - and developed essential production processes for the success of the business and thus also the Witten location. It was built after his death in 1902 in Wilhelminian architecture and consists of Ruhr sandstone. Inside, a spiral staircase leads to a covered viewing platform - the entrance is free and definitely recommended, if the door is open. Below the monument is a semicircular square with the best views of the Ruhr valley in the direction of the weather. From the tower and the area you can also observe the Ruhr Viaduct of Bommern and the Hohenstein hydroelectric power station. Below the trains of local and long distance travel on the railway line from Hagen to Bochum and Dortmund.
August 13, 2018
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