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Churches Towers

St. Wenceslaus Church in Naumburg (Saale)

St. Wenceslaus Church (Wenzelkirche) in Naumburg (Saale), Germany

The church of St. Wenceslaus (Stadtpfarrkirche St. Wenzel) was built in 15th century. Inside it is famous for paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and a Baroque organ named Hildebrand Orgel. The viewing platform at the tower of the church (Wenzelsturm) is a great place for taking pictures of the city.

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City Halls Towers

City hall tower in Passau

City hall tower in Passau, GermanyThe tower of the city hall was erected between 1889 and 1892 by Heinrich Freiherr von Schmidt in neo-Gothic style.

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Accommodations Towers

Otto-Moericke-Turm in Constance

View of the Otto-Moericke-Tower from a boat

While crossing Lake Constance from Meersburg to Constance by boat I took this photo of a conspicuous white coloured tower named Otto-Moericke-Turm. It is a former water tower which houses a youth hostel now. A fine address if one would like to stay at something special.

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Towers

City tower of Enns, Austria

City tower of Enns, Austria

Enns is supposed to be the oldest city of Austria. The landmark of the city is a huge tower in the middle of the market place. It is widely known for its colourful emblems and the big sun dial.

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Towers

Reckturm in Wiener Neustadt

Reckturm in Wiener Neustadt, Austria

The Reckturm is a tower dating back to 13th century.  After its demolition it was reconstructed in the style of 15th century. The name Reckturm (reck = rack) refers to its use as prison and place for torture. Today it houses a small museum for weapons and about torment.

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Towers

Hungarian guard tower in Burgenland

Hungarian guard tower in Burgenland, Austria

After visiting the white donkeys at the national park Neusiedlersee – Seewinkel I climbed up a former border guard tower which served as part of the Iron Curtain at the Hungarian side of the border. Today it is used as a watch tower for tourists at the Austrian side of the border.

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Roman Empire Towers

Horseshoe Tower in Tulln, Austria

Horseshoe Tower in Tulln, AustriaThe Horseshoe Tower (Hufeisenturm) in Tulln is a remain of an ancient Roman settlement named Comagena or Comagenis. Many parts of the tower are still from 4th century. The building is named after the shape of its groundplan which reminds of a horseshoe. More…

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Towers

Olympic Tower in Munich

Olympiaturm in Munich, Germany

The Olympic Tower (Olympiaturm) of Munich is situated in the Olympiapark. From the revolving restaurant, I had a great view of some sights of Munich, e.g. the Olympiastadion and the BMW museum.

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Towers

Roofscape of Regensburg, Germany

Roof landscape of Regensburg, Germany

The city of Regensburg is known for a lot of family towers (‘Geschlechtertürme’) similar to those ones in San Gimignano in Italy. By the way I really would like to cross that bridge between the steeples of the cathedral. Unfortunately it isn’t open for public. More…

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Towers

Schwammerlturm in Leoben, Austria

Schwammerlturm in Leoben, Austria

Every year I love to have a glass of beer on top of this tower after visiting one of the great ethnological exhibitions in Leoben. In German we call this building ‘Schwammerlturm’ (= mushroom tower). More…

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Castles Towers

Kinizsi-vár in Nagyvázsony, Hungary

Kinizsi-vár in Nagyvázsony, Hungary

This tower is part of  the former stronghold of the legendary Hungarian military leader Pál Kinizsi. By climbing up this tower of Kinizsi-vár (Kinizsi Castle) I learned something new about the interior of residential towers in earlier ages. More…

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Towers

The lighthouse of Lindau, Germany

View of the lighthouse from boat

The lighthouse was built in 1856 and is situated at the port of Lindau. Opposite the lighthouse one can see a sculpture showing the Bavarian lion. This historic centre of Lindau is actually an island but can be reached by car as well as train. More…