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  • AlbTraufgänger

    Built in 1925, the observation tower on the Eselsberg is about 18 m high. The hut of the Swabian Albverein is farmed on Sundays and public holidays and the wood-clad lookout tower can be climbed for 50 cents. From the top you have a 360 degree panoramic view of the Löwensteiner mountains, the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest. On the almost 400 m high mountain was once a castle, which was first mentioned in 1188 as Dienstmannsitz the Counts of Vaihingen. Today only the moat bears witness to the former castle.

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    • July 16, 2017

  • Andreas

    Hosted on Sundays and holidays. Looks very comfortable ... was only there on Tuesdays :)

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    • June 30, 2015

  • Yasli Eşek Jörg

    The donkey castle tower is a lookout tower on the donkey mountain near Ensingen, a district of Vaihingen an der Enz in the northwest of the district of Ludwigsburg. Its name derives from the castle of the lords of donkey castle, which once stood on the donkey mountain.

    The 392 meter high Eselsberg is located on the southern edge of the Stromberg and can be reached from Ensingen from the parking lot at the cemetery over a 2 km long hiking trail through the vineyard and forest. From the tower you have a view to the south and east over the district of Ludwigsburg to Stuttgart, to the southwest to the northern Black Forest with Pforzheim and in the west in the Kraichgau near Bretten.

    The donkey mountain tower was built in 1925 by the Swabian Albverein, of which it is still farmed. It is 18 meters high and designed as a wooden construction on a stone base. Tower and restaurant are open on Sundays and public holidays. At the foot of the tower there is a refuge and a playground. (Source: Wikipedia)

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    • July 19, 2015

  • Alex

    The tower can be very well built into a hike. Also from a bit further away Illingen or over the back from Gündelbach through the forest.
    The view is definitely worth it!

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    • December 11, 2016

  • Jo

    The lookout tower is closed for renovation work, unfortunately, is on the posted information no indication of how long the work should continue. Update: May 2018 - still closed for renovation.

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    • October 15, 2017

  • klaus

    Not only the tower but also the hut of the Swabian Albverein has been closed for one year due to a leaseholder change. I was there in June 2018.

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    • June 28, 2018

  • 🌈 Michael 🌅

    Great view and good Rastpatz

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    • September 7, 2018

  • Ralf Schönberger

    Beautiful far-sightedness, hosting in summer on the weekends.

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    • July 9, 2019

  • Carsten

    Be sure to note the opening hours

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    • October 26, 2019

  • Bubu7168

    The donkey castle is always worth a visit. It's just a shame that it is rarely managed and so often changes operators. Let's see how it is with the new ones from March.

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    • January 1, 2020

  • Lutzi

    The Eselberg Tower is a nice place to stop for a hike in the area.

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    • May 10, 2020

  • Bernie.Bie

    open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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    • June 1, 2020

  • haertera

    The Eselsburgturm stands on the 392 m high Eselsberg on the southern edge of the Stromberg. It can be reached in 2 km from the parking lot at the cemetery in Enzingen. From the tower you have a view to the south and east over the district of Ludwigsburg to Stuttgart. To the southwest to the Northern Black Forest with Pforzheim and to the west in the Kraichgau near Bretten.

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    • June 5, 2020

  • Manfred

    Nice view from the tower. Unfortunately only open on Sundays and public holidays.

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    • September 17, 2020

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Location: Vaihingen an der Enz, Ludwigsburg, Kraichgau-Stromberg, Karlsruhe District, Baden-Württemberg, Germany


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