The Harz Tower: an attraction in the heart of the Harz Mountains

24. May 2024 0

The picturesque Harz region has one more attraction: the HARZTURM in Torfhaus. Germany’s highest observation tower consists of a wood and steel construction. The new landmark in the Harz Mountains was officially opened on November 2, 2023. This monumental structure not only marks a new chapter in the history of tourism in the Upper Harz, but also offers a unique perspective of the surrounding natural and cultural landscape.

Harz tower on Torfhaus – construction that defies challenges

The creation of the 65-meter-high Harz Tower is a story of perseverance and innovation. After the ground-breaking ceremony in May 2021, global events such as the coronavirus pandemic and the Ukraine and energy crises posed significant challenges. Despite the delays caused by difficulties in procuring building materials, the tower now stands proudly as a symbol of human resilience and technical achievement.

A tower sculpture that connects

The Harz Tower in all its glory (Image source: Harzturm GmbH)
The Harz Tower in all its glory (Image source: Harzturm GmbH)

The wooden, spiral structure of the tower, inspired by the shape of a rising spruce cone, was designed by the Austrian planners, architect Dietmar Kaden and structural engineer Markus Lackner. Visitors can climb the tower via steps or an elevator and enjoy the breathtaking 360° view of the Brocken, the Harz Mountains and the national park from two panoramic viewing platforms. Access to the first platform is also barrier-free.

Thrills and sustainable architecture

The Harz Tower offers a special attraction for the adventurous: the “Rasantia” adventure slide. A 110-meter-long slide that loops around the tower provides an unforgettable experience with sound and light effects. A glass skywalk at a height of 45 meters also promises an adrenaline rush. The light-flooded entrance building, predominantly made of wood, rounds off the barrier-free ensemble and houses service rooms and a souvenir store.

Special benefits for Panoramic guests

We are delighted that we now have the Harzturm as another strong cooperation partner at our side for all Panoramic guests. Visit the highest observation tower in Germany, take the unique view & the unforgettable feeling home with you. There is also a small gift for all Panoramic guests: a minted coin showing the Harz Tower on the front and the Brocken on the back. Identify yourself as our hotel guest and receive one coin per family. This offer is valid from completion, which is expected to be 17/06/2024.

In the picture from right to left: M. Seidel (Managing Director Panoramic Hotel),
A. Schröder (Assistant to the Management of Harzturm GmbH),
H. Mairinger (Managing Director of Harzturm GmbH),
M. Behnecke (Sales & Marketing Panoramic Hotel)

A festive opening

On the day before the opening, November 1, 2023, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil, together with the investors, performed the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, heralding the commissioning of the Harz Tower.

A gentle start

Please note that access to the Harz Tower will initially be restricted. Weather-related delays hindered the complete installation of the slide and the elevator. Visits to the tower are initially possible between 10:00 and 16:00 on the hour and half hour.

The Harz Tower is a shining example of the combination of nature, technology and adventure. It invites you to discover the Harz Mountains from a new perspective and is sure to quickly become the centerpiece of the region and its visitors.

We would like to thank Harzturm GmbH for providing us with the images that enable us to give you visual impressions of this impressive new landmark.

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