Rheinturm

Photos: September 14, 2003
Information updated: January 24, 2004

Every large city in Germany has a communication tower.
But, die Rheinturm, or Rhine Tower, in Düsseldorf is exceptional for
many reasons. The main three are the view, the restaurant, and that it
is the world's largest digital clock. Here are a few details:

  • Height: 768 feet
  • Weight: 22,500 tons
  • Observation deck
  • Rotating restaurant above the obeservation deck
  • No Berliner Weiss with fruit syrup
  • Live Web Cam
  • World's Largest Digital Clock (Highly technical, in German)
  • About the Günnewig Rhienturm Restaurant (Hours, details, in German and English)
  • Admission: 3.20€ for adults, 2.50€ for those 13 to 17,
    and 1.60€ for children 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under go free
  • Hours: 10am - 11:30pm daily (observation deck)
    Restaurant: Noon - 2:30pm and 6:30 - 11pm

Most communication towers in Germany are nowhere near as high, nor do they offer a
visitor the amenities that Rheinturm does. Designed by architect Harald Deilmann,
and built over three years, 1979 - 1981, Rheinturm is simply a wonderful place
to kick back on a Sunday afternoon and survey the landscape on a clear day from a
comfortable chair while enjoying an alt bier and a bite to eat.

This trip to Rheinturm starts at Birkenstrasse, about a mile and a half away,
will take you there, then to the top, and show you some of the things you can
expect to see.

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Rheinturm from the balcony


A closer look

Map

Birkenstrasse

The 709 trolley stops right out in front of the house

It's a short ride through the city...

...to where the pavement turns to grass...

...and has a convenient stop 18 minutes later under the autobahn in the shadow of Rheinturm

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