Gauss Tower

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Gauss Tower
Gauss Tower
EtymologyCarl Friedrich Gauss
General information
TypeObservation tower
LocationHoher Hagen
Town or cityDransfeld
Elevation528 m
OpenedSeptember 1964
Height51 m
Technical details
MaterialReinforced concrete

The Gauss Tower is a reinforced concrete observation tower on the summit of the Hoher Hagen in Dransfeld, Germany. The tower can be reached directly by car. A restaurant with a panoramic view is located inside the tower.

The tower is named for Carl Friedrich Gauss, who made the large triangle from the Hohen Hagen break into Inselsberg a basis of his survey of Hanover.

From 1909 to 1963, there had already been a Gaussturm nearby. It broke when a quarry was expanded too far in the 1950s.


  • Construction period: 11 months
  • Completion: September 1964
  • Viewing platform: 528 m over NN
  • Tower height: 51 m
  • Foundation: 6 m deep, with a diameter of 13 m.
  • Diameter of tower shaft: 5 m
    • 1st platform: 18 m (at a value of 14,5 m)
    • Top platform: 13 m
  • Elevator capacity: Maximum 8 persons
  • Travel time: 55 seconds
  • Emergency stairway: 225 steps, leading from the viewing platform to the entrance and/or the cellar

See also[edit]

List of towers

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°28′26″N 9°45′57″E / 51.47389°N 9.76583°E / 51.47389; 9.76583