Bismarck tower behind apple tree, © Dominik Ketz© Dominik Ketz

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Historic towers and special viewpoints in Rheinhessen

Get to know your favorite region from a different angle. Where, if not on a tower or a vantage point, the entire beauty of Rheinhessen can best be admired. Discover the great vision and the unique magic of the 1000 hills to a whole new range of visibility. In addition, the viewpoints serve as great photo spots for unforgettable shots. But not only the view on one of the towers is worthwhile, these are also great eye-catchers with exciting stories.

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33 meters high, over 100 years old: the Bismarckturm on the Westerberg What is it about? When the Bismarck tower was built from 1907 to 1912 according to plans by Wilhelm Kreis, the worship of the first German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1889) was already at its peak. Accordingly much was named and even built in his honor - like the Ingelheim Bismarckturm. What is there to see? From the viewing platform: vastness, forests, fields - in Rheinhessen and over the Rhine in the Rheingau. Fruit trees of course, vineyards, roofs and...

Holzturm

  The oldest reference to this six-storey tower dates from 1366 when it is referred to as the "new tower". The Holzturm was part of the Rhine bank section of the city wall, linking the old centre and the fishing village of Selenhofen, which was incorporated into the fortifications around that time. Its distinct shape is the result of refurbishments in the early 15th century when the tower was converted into a prison. While its height, masonry work, quoins and ledges are similar to those of the Eisenturm, the Holzturm is more slender...

Aussichtspunkt Burgruine Neu-Bamberg

  The castle Neu Baumburg, also called Neu-Bamberg, Neubamberg, is the ruin of a hilltop castle above the town of Neu-Bamberg. It was built around 1253 by the Raugrafen, mentioned in 1253 as "Novum castrum apud Sarlesheim" and in 1283 in the possession of the Raugrafen Heinrich II of Neuenbaumburg. On April 12, 1338, half of the castle and the village of the Raugrafen for 1,300 pounds Heller to the Archbishop Henry III. pledged by Mainz and on 11 March 1419, the Archbishop John II of Mainz and Count Johann V of...

Weg zum Ajaxturm

The 1836 designated Ajaxturm stands in the corridor "Heerkretz". The legendary, in size and shape unusual vineyard storm can be found in the Siefersheim area coat of arms. About the emergence of the Ajaxturms the following story is told: At the beginning of the 19th century a rich farmer's son lived in Siefersheim, beautiful in shape and a quick dancer. As he walked through the streets, many a scary girl's gaze followed him. Also the daughter of the miller from the "Katzensteiger" mill was in love with him. The affection of the girl...

Wartbergturm

The Wartbergturm was officially registered for the first time in 1420. It is the landmark of Alzey and has served for military purposes over the centuries. The tower was destroyed during a bomb attack on the 08.01.1945. The town was saved from the bomb attack because the enemy off-loaded all the bombs on the Wartbergturm due to a navigational error. Today the Wartbergturm is recognized as the "Saviour" of Alzey by the people of the town. After 1945 a reconstruction of the tower took place as a thank-you gesture but, unfortunately, it was...

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Mäuseturm (Mouse Tower) The Mouse Tower in Binger Loch is located on an inaccessible island and is, next to Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, the only defence tower and watch tower in the middle of the Rhine. Together with Ehrenfels Castle, the Tower forms an ensemble of customs buildings. According to legend, its builder, the Archbishop of Mainz, Hatto I, is said to have denied the poor access to his granaries, burned them in the barn and scorned them as “corn mice” - whereupon he was eaten alive by thousands of mice. The Mouse...

Eisenturm (tower of the city wall)

  From the 34 guard and gate towers of the medieval city walls, there are only three remaining, namely Alexanderturm, Holzturm and Eisenturm. Built around 1240. The Eisenturm is a six-storey solid stone tower near the site of the former iron market on the banks of the Rhine. Hence its name, which translates as "iron tower". The Eisenturm served as a watchtower and a military prison. Today, it is a venue for arts exhibitions. Located between the modern City Hall, the thoroughfare of Rheinstrasse and the "Am Brand" shopping centre,...

Napoleonsturm

  Anyone who has mastered the athletic climb of Sprendlingen on the high-altitude hiking path will see an extraordinary tower on the hill between Ober-Hilbersheim and Sprendlingen - the Napoleonic storm. The Napoleonic storm with its signal arms is modeled after a historic telegraph pole, with which in the time of Napoleon the first short messages were sent over a distance of 12 kilometers. So to say the first sms of the story. The signal arms correspond to the "Chappeschen system", which were then developed in France by the...

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