The Rheinturm is a striking landmark on the Düsseldorf Rhine backdrop. It stands on the edge of the southern city center at the entrance to the media harbor, right next to the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament and the Westdeutscher Rundfunk building.The Rheinturm (construction period 1979-1982, architect H. Deilmann) is 240.5 meters high and has a restaurant 172.5 meters high, which rotates once every hour on its own axis (for technical reasons the platform rotates from 1 p.m.) until 4.30 p.m. in one direction and from 6.00 p.m. until midnight in the other, the rest of the time the restaurant stands on the spot).Below is a self-service restaurant as well as a viewing platform from which one has a breathtaking view over Düsseldorf: Medienhafen, old town, courtyard garden, Königsallee and the Rhine with its family of bridges lie at the foot of the Rheinturm. When the weather is nice, the view extends as far as the Bergisches Land and Cologne.The function of the shining portholes of the Rhine Tower is unique worldwide: 39 of its 62 portholes, separated by air traffic control lights, form a decimal clock in three height sections above the 160 meter long shaft of the tower.The 62 portholes are each equipped with twelve LEDs, which in turn are made up of a group of four red, green and blue LEDs. By alternately dimming up, different colors can be created.duesseldorf.de/touristik/entzüge/der-rheinturm.html
December 12, 2020
The largest decimal clock in the world
The function of the illuminated portholes of the Rhine Tower is unique in the world: 39 of its 62 portholes, separated by air traffic control lights, form a decimal clock at three levels above the 160-meter shaft of the tower.The clock developed by the Düsseldorf designer Horst H. Baumann is switched by radio impulses every second. The "German time standard", which is distributed by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Braunschweig as the basis for all times in Germany, is received every second by an antenna of the Rhine tower via a long-wave transmitter near Frankfurt and passed on to the tower clock via a special circuit.To read the clock, you have to differentiate the groups in the shaft of the tower. The yellow glowing portholes only serve to differentiate, only the white glowing indicate the exact time. The two red beacons also play an important role here: they lie between the seconds and minutes counts as well as minutes and hours counts.duesseldorf.de/touristik/entdecken/der-rheinturm.html
January 4, 2020
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