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Goethe's Lookout Tower


Category: Lookout and Observation Towers Region: Karlovy Vary and its surroundings Town: Karlovy Vary


Goethe's Lookout, which was built in 1889 according to the design of Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer, is the oldest observation point in Karlovy Vary. The ostentatious belvedere designated for excursionists is situated at an elevation of 638 metres above sea level on “Výšina věčného mládí” (Height of Eternal Youth). It was originally named Crown Princess Stephanie's Lookout, later Stifter's Lookout, and Stalin's Lookout in 1945. In the 1960s, it was renamed after German writer Goethe who had often visited the lookout during his walks.

The popular outing destination, which combines a stylish restaurant with a 42- metre high lookout tower, offers a matchless view of Karlovy Vary. You may reach the lookout gallery after climbing 165 stairs.

Goethe's Lookout and the adjoining restaurant had always been much sought after by visitors and had served them well with only short interruptions until the 1990s. Regretfully, it has been inevitably deteriorating ever since, despite efforts of its numerous owners to put the complex back into operation.


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The lookout tower and the restaurant are currently closed and not accessible to the public.


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Official Guide of the Karlovy Vary Region