Fernsehturm Stuttgart

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Fernsehturm Stuttgart
Stuttgarter Fernsehturm6.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Telecommunications
Observation tower
Architectural style Modernism
Location Jahnstraße 120
Stuttgart, Germany
Coordinates 48°45′24″N 9°11′29″E / 48.75667°N 9.19139°E / 48.75667; 9.19139Coordinates: 48°45′24″N 9°11′29″E / 48.75667°N 9.19139°E / 48.75667; 9.19139
Construction started 10 January 1954
Completed 5 February 1956
Renovated 1965
Owner Süddeutscher Rundfunk
Height
Antenna spire 216.61 m (710.7 ft)
Design and construction
Architect Heinle, Wischer and Partner
Engineer Fritz Leonhardt
Main contractor G. Epple
Wayss & Freytag
References
[1][2][3][4]

Fernsehturm Stuttgart (English: Stuttgart TV Tower) is a 216.61 m (710.7 ft) telecommunications tower in Stuttgart, Germany. It is the world's first of its kind constructed from concrete, and it is the prototype for many such towers world-wide. The tower is located on Hoher Bopser Hill in the southern Stuttgart district of Degerloch.

History[edit]

Construction began on 10 January 1954 and continued for 20 months and the tower was placed in service on 5 February 1956 by Süddeutscher Rundfunk (today Südwestrundfunk – SWR). The tower broadcasts several public FM radio stations and transmitted the ARD TV network's analogue service until 2006. The digital television services have moved to nearby Fernmeldeturm Stuttgart, which also broadcasts private FM radio stations in the area. Although controversial at first, it quickly became a well known landmark of Stuttgart and tourist attraction. From the two observation decks there is a view of Stuttgart, from the forests and vineyards in and around Stuttgart to the Swabian Jura and the Black Forest.

The tower reached its current height of 216.61 m (710.7 ft) after the antenna was extended from October 1965 to December 1965.

Specifications[edit]

  • Engineer: Professor Dr. Ing. Fritz Leonhardt
  • Altitude: Foot of tower 483 m (1,585 ft) above sea level
  • Overall height to the antenna point: 216.8 m (711 ft)
  • Height of upper observation deck: 153.5 m (504 ft)
  • Height of lower observation deck: 150 m (490 ft)
  • Diameter of foundation: 27 m (89 ft)
  • Total weight of tower: approximately 3,000 tons
  • Weight of foundation: approximately 1,500 tons
  • Speed of elevators: 5 m/s (16 ft/s)
  • Panorama Café on a platform of the tower basket
  • Maximum diameter of tower basket: 15 m (49 ft)

Opening Hours[edit]

The tower is open for visitors from 9:00 until 23:00. However, as of 27 March 2013 the tower is closed to the public until further notice because of a review of fire safety regulations. [5] It seems the TV tower may be re-opened to the public in mid-2015. [6]

Air traffic warning lights[edit]

The tower carries beside the conventional red air traffic warning lights three rotating Xenon-lamps similar to those used on lighthouses just above the observation deck.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Fernsehturm-Betriebs-GmbH, ed. (1991). Fernsehturm Stuttgart (in German). Stuttgart: Fernsehturm-Betriebs-GmbH. 
  • Drechsel, Walther (1967). Turmbauwerke (in German). Wiesbaden, Berlin: Bauverl. OCLC 253398329. 
  • Schlaich, Jörg; Matthias Schüller (1999). Ingenieurbauführer Baden-Württemberg (in German). Berlin: Bauwerk Verlag. pp. 486–488. ISBN 9783934369016. 

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