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Castles Towers

Emichsburg in Ludwigsburg

Emichsburg in Ludwigsburg, Germany

At the fairy-tale garden of Ludwigsburg this tower is portraying Rapunzel’s Tower. The garden is part of a Baroque park on the grounds of Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. The tower itself is part of a small castle named Emichsburg, which was built in 1798-1802.

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Leipzig Tower in Halle (Saale)

Leipzig Tower in Halle (Saale), Germany

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.

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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 the 15th century. Inside it is famous for paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and a Baroque organ named Hildebrand Orgel. The viewing platform on top of the tower (Wenzelsturm) is a great place for taking pictures of the town.

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View from a tower in Althofen

View from a tower in Althofen, Austria

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.

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Archduke John Tower in Mariazell

Archduke John Tower on top of the Bürgeralpe in Mariazell, Austria

The Archduke John Tower (Erzherzog-Johann-Warte) is named after Archduke John of Austria (Erzherzog Johann von Österreich) who he is remembered as a great modernizer in the Austrian state of Styria. The tower on top of the Bürgeralpe was built in 1908 and is a great look-out for the hills and mountains around Mariazell.

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City Walls Gates Towers

Aquileia Gate in Udine

Aquileia gate in Udine, Italy

The Aquileia Gate (Porta Aquileia) was errected in 1436 as part of the fifth ring of city walls surrounding the city of Udine. Entering the city through this gate lead to Via Aquileia where you can walk along six old palaces dating back to the 17th-19th centuries.

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Neo-Gothic Towers

City hall tower in Passau

City hall tower in Passau, Germany

The tower of the city hall was erected between 1889 and 1892 by Heinrich Freiherr von Schmidt in neo-Gothic style. The coats of arms below the roof represent the founding members of the German Empire in 1871.

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No Sorrows Tower in Linz

View of the No Sorrows Tower from the Castle Hill

While having lunch at the restaurant Schlossbrasserie on top of the castle hill I caught sight of this tower located in the centre of Linz. The 30 metres high tower made of wood is named No Sorrow Tower (Keine Sorgen Turm) and is part of the event Höhenrausch. Later I had a good view of the New Cathedral from there.

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Neo-Gothic Railway Stations Towers

Railway station of Constance

Railway station of Constance, Germany

The train station of Constance (Konstanz) was built in 1863. The architecture consists of a mixture of neo-Gothic and Renaissance. The tower is modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. [German]

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Accommodations Towers Youth Hostels

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 colored 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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City tower of Enns

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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City Walls Museums 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.