The Fröbel Tower (785m above sea level) is Oberweißbach’s most famous landmark. It was erected in 1890 as a memorial to Friedrich Fröbel. Hikers to this beloved day-trip destination are rewarded with a beautiful panorama view over Thuringia’s mountain ranges from the tower’s viewing platform. The Fröbel Tower also features a restaurant, which offers inviting refreshments.
1888 Laying of the foundation stone on April 21, Friedrich Fröbel's 106th birthday
1890 Dedication on July 27, after two year's construction
1923 Expansion of the shelter
1935 and 1939 Construction of the verandah
1945 Heavy damages due to the war
1946 Rudolf Henkel, who later ran the tower restaurant, started restoration work
1969 Coating of the tower with asbestos-cement panels
1977 Unveiling of a memorial board on the day of Fröbel's death, June 21
1989/90 Renovation of the tower and restaurant, construction of the carpark
2007/08 Renovation of the restaurant, construction of new windows and heating facilities
2011 Renewal of the windows in the viewing tower
During the laying of the foundation stone on 21.4.1888, the chairperson of the Oberweissbach Forest Association said:
"Let this foundation stone be a symbol of thanks to Friedrich Fröbel and a testament to lovers of the Oberweißbach area and nature, and may the tower be a destination for hikers, from which to view a large segment of the beautiful state of Thuringia."
Fröbel in the region