From afar, its viewing platform sits visually like a UFO above the surrounding treetops, the Gehrenberg Tower. The associated mountain, the Gehrenberg, is one of the highest mountains in the Linzgau area. It is also the local mountain of the neighbouring town of Markdorf. Fantastic views are therefore guaranteed from Gehrenberg. But if the altitude of around 700 metres above sea level is not enough, you can climb a little higher. The Gehrenberg tower, built back in 1903, is a steel truss construction with a total height of 30 metres. In addition to the viewing platform at the very top, for phenomenal views, some intermediate decks already offer a considerably better view than from the ground. By the way, 149 steps have to be climbed to the very top. The ideal location of the Gehrenberg Tower offers a unique view of Lake Constance, the Swiss Alps and the Austrian Vorarlberg. The Gehrenberg Tower can be visited every day and free of charge. It is not illuminated, so when visiting the Gehrenberg Tower near Markdorf on Lake Constance, please note that the door closes automatically at sunset!
Since the maximum number of 20 people on the viewing platform of the Gehrenberg Tower should not be exceeded, you can stay around the foundation of the tower, which is reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Benches and tables invite you to linger and catch your breath. The observation tower on the Gehrenberg can be reached either on foot (on various hiking routes, for example from Bitzenhofen/Oberteuringen), or by car. About 250 metres from the tower is the official car park with a limited number of parking spaces. Of course, a walk or ride on a bike/mountain bike up the Gehrenberg is recommended to experience more of nature.
Address: Gehrenberg Tower, 88677 Markdorf, Germany (parking on Google Maps here, located on the K7750).
Opening hours: daily from sunrise – sunset, but closed at least from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. (“twilight switch” at the gate)
Pictures of an excursion to the Gehrenberg tower near Markdorf at Lake Constance