Observation Tower Burgholzhof

The Observation Tower Burgholzhof in Burgholzhof, since 1998 a separate community within Bad Cannstatt in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, is an 1891 brick observation tower constructed by the Cannstatt municipal architect Friedrich Keppler on behalf of the Verschönerungsverein Cannstatt e. V. ("Society for the Beautification of Cannstatt"), in the style of a Roman tower, at an elevation of 359 meters (1778 ft) above sea level, at 9°11'41 east and 48°49'08" north. It was formally opened on 19 September 1891. It has extensive views over East Stuttgart, Bad Cannstatt and along the Neckar valley as far as Esslingen am Neckar.

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During World War II the tower was used by anti-aircraft spotter personnel keeping a look-out for Allied bomber attacks.

Burgholzhof observation tower was restored in 1987/88, on the initiative of the local amenity group Pro Alt-Cannstatt, and since then has again been accessible during the summer (May - October, 10:00 - 18:00, on weekends only, admission is free).

Nearby, to the north of the tower, is a point-to-point radio tower used for military purposes, at 48°49'11 north.

The tower, in an anthropomorphic form known as "Burgi", is the mascot of the new community of Burgholzhof- constructed on land returned by the US Army from adjacent Robinson Barracks after closure of the Stuttgart main PX.

Coordinates: 48°49′08″N 9°11′41″E / 48.81889°N 9.19472°E / 48.81889; 9.19472

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