Bismarckturm Schoden, Germany – A silent sentinal

Standing on a hill above the Saar river in Germany near the town of Schoden in Rheinland-Pfalz/Rhineland-Palatinate stands a Bismarckturm (Bismarck tower); a standardised monument built to honour Germany’s first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. These towers were built around the turn of the 20th century to honour him. They conform (more or less) to a standard design, although people have altered some to be more grandiose. The Bismarckturm near Schoden has not received any alterations.

What makes the Bismarckturm at Schoden somewhat more unique is that it also has a beautiful view of the Saar river valley in western Germany not far from the Germany/French/Luxembourgisch border.

You must walk to access this Bismarckturm. You cannot access the tower by vehicle unless you are the farmer who owns the land on which the tower sits. There is a public path that you can walk on. From where you have to leave the car, the Bismarckturm is just over 1 kilometre (just over half a mile) away walking on a inclined (approx 10°) gravel road surrounded by trees. At the Bismarckturm there is a picnic table, so you will be able to rest. I would also recommend taking a picnic as the views are beautiful, especially when the weather is sunny.

Here are some more photos from around the Bismarckturm:

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