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Bismarck's Tower on Zelená Mountain


Category: Lookout and Observation Towers Region: Cheb, Františkovy Lázně and their surroundings Town: Cheb


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.


Opening hours

The tower is freely accessible daily (April - September) from 09´00 a.m to 06´00 p.m. If you want to visit another time, it is necessary to arrange it in the tourist information center in Cheb.


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