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Volkmarsberg Tower and shelter

The Volkmarsberg is a mountain in the Swabian Alb, south of Aalen in the Ostalbkreis, Germany with an altitude of 743 metres (2,438 ft).[1] It rises at the edge of the town of Oberkochen,[2] from where there is a 2.5-kilometre (1.6 mi) path to the summit.

On the summit plateau there is a shelter as well as the 23-metre (75 ft) Volkmarsberg tower,[3] a stone observation tower built in 1930, from which one has a far-reaching view over the entire Ostalbkreis.[4] In rare temperature inversion conditions the 180-kilometre (110 mi) distant Zugspitze can be seen.[5]

Volkmarsberg was designated as a nature reserve in 1938,[6] and recognised by the European Environment Agency as a nature conservation site in 1994.[7]


  1. ^ Boehle, Bernd (1956). Handy guide to Western Germany. W. Sloane Associates. p. 70. OCLC 1327341. 
  2. ^ Baedeker, Karl (1907). Southern Germany (Wurtemberg and Bavaria). Baedeker. p. 36. OCLC 14004165. 
  3. ^ Hohlfeld, Frank (2007). Wandern auf der schwäbischen Alb (in German). DuMont Reiseverlag. p. 149. ISBN 978-3-7701-8002-8. 
  4. ^ Linde, Helmut (2007). Schwäbische Alb (in German). Baedeker. pp. 130–131. ISBN 978-3-8297-1143-2. 
  5. ^ "Aalen und Albuch" (PDF) (in German). Konrad Theiss. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  6. ^ "Der Volkmarsberg ist seit 70 Jahren ein Naturschutzgebiet". Schwäbische Zeitung (in German). 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  7. ^ Delbaere, Ben; Javier Beltran (1999). Nature conservation sites designated in application of international instruments at pan-European level. Council of Europe. p. 97. ISBN 978-92-871-3783-8. 

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Coordinates: 48°47′N 10°05′E / 48.783°N 10.083°E / 48.783; 10.083