The prominent peak of the Hohe Acht seen from the summit plateau of the Raßberg
Geography and geology
Emperor William Tower
In 1908/09 the Emperor William Tower (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turm) was erected on the Hohe Acht. The reason for the construction of this stone observation tower, based on plans by the architect, Freiherr von Tettau, Berlin, was the silver wedding of Emperor William II and Empress Augusta Victoria as well as the commemoration of Emperor William I
The tower is 16.30 metres (53.5 ft) high and its walls are one metre thick at ground level. The work was carried out by master bricklayers, Karl and Johannes Leidinger, from Adenau using local brick. The cost of construction was 18,000 marks. The tower has been a protected monument since 1987.
The Emperor William Tower offers a superb view across the whole Eifel (including the mountains of Scharteberg, Döhmberg, Michelsberg, Hochthürmerberg, Schöneberg, the nearby Nürburg Castle and Hochkelberg), as well as the Siebengebirge and its Großer Ölberg and, in conditions of good visibility, as far as the Westerwald, the Taunus, the Hunsrück and the Lower Rhine.
Walking and winter sports
There is a network of footpaths around the Hohe Acht and, at many places there are good views over the Eifel landscape.
Very close to the Hohe Acht on a 678 metres (2,224 ft) high volcanic cone is Nürburg Castle. A section of the North loop (Nordschleife) on the Formula 1 racetrack at the Nürburgring is known as the Hohe Acht.
- d´Hein: Nationaler Geopark Vulkanland Eifel. Ein Natur- und Kulturführer. Gaasterland Verlag, Düsseldorf 2006, ISBN 3-935873-15-8