Bismarckturm (HWN 199)

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Recommended by 106 out of 112 hikers


  • codo786

    Since its renovation, the tower has been open to the public since 1995, after decades of closure.

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    • April 21, 2018

  • Wanderkaiser Opilio Martinus I.

    Stempelstelle No. 199 of the Harzer hiking needle, one has a beautiful view of the northern Harz foreland and to Brocken.

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    • August 19, 2018

  • Peter geologus I.

    Nice little vantage point and memory of a great statesman.

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    • June 8, 2018

  • Klaus

    A nice starting point for a tour to Selkeblick.

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    • April 15, 2018

  • codo786

    The tower was begun in 1914, but the inauguration as a lookout tower was not until 1931.

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    • April 21, 2018

  • Manuel H.

    Best view over the area northeast of the Harz.

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    • May 7, 2018

  • Norðurljós

    The Bismarck tower is located south of the Ballenstedter Ortsteil Opperode on the Stahlsberg (270 m above sea level).

    The mayor of Ballenstedt, on October 18, 1913, encouraged the construction of this Bismarck tower at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig. On November 2, 1913, the location was determined and the "Working Committee on the Construction of a Bismarck Memorial on the Stahlsberge near Ballenstedt" chaired by District Director Dr. Ing. Knorr founded. In addition, the Düsseldorf Professor Wilhelm Kreis was chosen as the architect of the Bismarck tower, since already several award-winning towers, e.g. developed the draft "Götterdämmerung". He designed the tower as a lookout tower with fire bowl.

    The solemn laying of the foundation stone took place on June 14, 1914, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War. Due to the war, the construction could not be completed and since no further work was carried out until 1929, the tower threatened to decay.

    On July 12, 1929, a bill from district councilor Pietscher was taken up by Bill Höhne, chairman of the Harzclub branch association Ballenstedt, who had also been a member of the working committee 15 years earlier. This had suggested that the resin club branch club completes the lookout tower and makes it accessible to the general public. The original design was made by the site manager, the government and building officer Honestly modified and simplified, so that the tower on May 20, 1931 could be inaugurated.

    After the Second World War and in the GDR era, the tower was abandoned to decay and had to be closed due to damage in the 1960s.

    After the political change, the tower was renovated in 1994/1995 with state resources and the viewing platform is accessible via an internal staircase.

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    • August 26, 2018

  • Korngiebel

    Station 16c, is part of the city tour through Ballenstedt's stories

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    • November 25, 2018

  • codo786

    The stamp office HWN 180 Alter Kohlenschacht is only approx. 1 km away.

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    • January 26, 2019

  • Iwo

    One of (felt) 2,000 Bismarck towers. But one of the most powerful of the dimensions.

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    • March 31, 2019

  • Frank

    Great views and in the tower you can make great sounds.

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    • April 19, 2019

  • Andi I. & Marini I.

    Stamp office of the Harzer hiking nobility and ingenious view into the resin foreland. Mostly the tower is open

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    • May 5, 2019

  • Flash1909
    • November 10, 2014

  • Korngiebel

    Here is the stamp office 199 of the Harzer hiking nobility

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    • September 25, 2017

  • hopobo

    Explanatory board to the tower

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    • November 27, 2018

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Location: Ballenstedt, Harz, Harz Mountains, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany


  • Elevation270 m

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