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Observation Tower on Hard Hill in Sokolov


Category: Lookout and Observation Towers Region: Sokolov and its surroundings Town: Sokolov


The observation tower is named after Hard Hill (461m) in Sokolov, on which it stands. The existing observation tower was preceded by several structures. The first was a lookout gazebo, which was replaced by a lookout tower in 1907. However, the upper wooden part of the tower did not last long. In 1933, the tower torso served as the basis of a memorial to those perished in World War I with a pious hall and a 5-metre bronze statue of Jesus Christ at the top of the memorial. The memorial did not retain its appearance for long; the statue was removed during World War II and probably melted down. Later, the tower served as a German machine-gun nest, which did not benefit its condition. The subsequent more than 50 years of neglect and zero maintenance sealed up its ill fate.

The revival of the site came with the turn of the millennium when the tower was restored to its original purpose and appearance. Fifty-five stairs lead to the gallery. The lookout gallery offers a view of the town of Sokolov, the massif of Krušné hory (Ore Mountains), as well as some of the nearby hilltops of Slavkovský les (Slavkov Forest).


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The key to the tower may be obtained at the neighbouring police station or at the nearby reception of Západočeská plynárenská a.s. (West Bohemian Gas Company).


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