Aussichtsturm Schlossberg

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Observation Tower Castle Mountain
Castle Hill Tower seen from Eichhalde

The Schlossbergturm or Castle Hill Tower is a 35 m high observation tower on Castle Hill Schlossberg on the edge of the historic Altstadt of Freiburg im Breisgau. It has 153 steps, its top is located 463 m above sea level and thus 185 m above the average altitude of the city (278 m). The tower's design includes twisted tree trunks (Douglas-firs from the municipal forest of Freiburg) around a staircase made of steel. It has three platforms and the top is reached by a small spiral staircase. The tower offers a panoramic view of Freiburg and its surroundings.

The tower is built on the grounds of the Fort de l'Aigle von Auban, also known locally as "Salzbüchsle", which are a continuation of the Black Forest into the city of Freiburg. It was designed by local Freiburg architect Hubert Horbach for the Kuratorium Freiburger Schlossberg, and built in 2002.[1]

It was funded in part by donations. For each donor a plaque with his or her name was attached to the vertical part of a step so that when climbing the tower one can read the names of the donors.

180°-Panorama of Freiburg im Breisgau taken from Schlossbergturm


  1. ^ Schmolke, Birgit (2007). Neues Baden-Württemberg. Braun. p. 116. ISBN 9783938780121.

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Coordinates: 47°59′42″N 7°51′43″E / 47.99500°N 7.86194°E / 47.99500; 7.86194