Bismarck's Tower on Zelená Mountain
The massive stone structure known as Bismarck's Tower is located approximately 4 kilometres west of Cheb on Zelená hora (Green Mountain) rising to 637 metres above sea level.
It was built on the site of a former wooden structure in 1909. The tower was originally named "The New Tower on Green Mountain", soon afterwards however, it was renamed in honour of German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, owing to the efforts of his local sympathisers. In the years following World War II, entry to the tower was prohibited due to its location in the border zone. In consequence, the tower was completely forgotten. After 1989, the tower was once again accessible to the public, but the view was completely shielded by the surrounding forest stand. Fortunately, the town of Cheb decided to reconstruct it in 2005 and the renovated tower was re-opened to the public in the presence of many Czech and German tourism enthusiasts on 12 June 2005.
After climbing 72 stairs, you may enjoy a breathtaking view of the district of Cheb, Krušné hory (Ore Mountains), Slavkovský les (Slavkov Forest), as well as a part of the Šumava Mountains.
The tower is freely accessible. In case it is locked, you may borrow keys at the nearby restaurant.
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