Enns is considered the oldest city in Austria. Its city landmark is the iconic municipal tower in the middle of the main square. It is widely known for its colourful emblems. For example, you see the city arms and the date of entitling with town privileges.
After lunch at a peaceful inner yard near the Duomo, I visited the iconic clock tower (Torre dell’Orologio) in Udine. The tower is part of the Loggia di San Giovanni at the Piazza della Libertà. It was built by Giovanni da Udine in 1527. You may also know this architect from his elaborated bird drawings.
View of the Bavarian city Regensburg taken from the steeple of the Holy Trinity Church (Dreieinigkeitskirche). Regensburg is known for several family towers (Geschlechtertürme), similar to those in San Gimignano in Italy. [German]
The Goliath House (Goliathhaus) in Regensburg shows the legend of David and Goliath. The first depiction dates back to the 16th century. Several renewals followed. That one from 1900 produced an unusually relaxed Goliath. [German]
Master builder Peter Carlone built this tower in 1615. In the beginning, the name of this building referred to its function. It was called Mautturm (toll tower). After getting its unique roof in 1794, the name Schwammerlturm (mushroom tower) became common.
This tower is part of a former stronghold owned by the legendary Hungarian military leader Pál Kinizsi. By climbing up Kinizsi Castle (Kinizsi-vár), I learned something new about the interior of tower houses in the medieval ages. [German]
In the fairy tale garden of Ludwigsburg, this tower refers to Rapunzel’s Tower. The building is part of a small castle named Emichsburg, which saw its construction from 1798-1802. The garden is part of a Baroque park on the grounds of Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. [German]
The Leipzig Tower (Leipziger Turm) was built in the 15th century. Canopy, roof lantern and the clock were added at the end of 16th century. The 44-metre-high edifice was used as a fire lookout tower. Today it is a prominent point on the Leipziger Straße, one of the main shopping streets in Halle.
From a tower named Hornturm located nearly on top of the mountain settlement Althofen you have this great view of the nearby mountain ranges. The big tower in this picture is named Annenturm and was part of the former town fortifications. Althofen is one of the oldest still inhabited mountain settlements in Austria.