The Grunewaldturm is a historical tower in the Grunewald forest of southwestern Berlin, Germany, built in 1897-99 according to plans designed by Franz Heinrich Schwechten.


In 1897 the Brandenburgian rural district of Teltow assigned the building order on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the German Emperor Wilhelm I. On June 9, 1899 the landmark was opened to the public as "Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turm" (English: Emperor William Tower), though the inscription on the facade reads Koenig Wilhelm I (King William I) zum Gedaechtniss. After World War II it was renamed Grunewaldturm after the surrounding forest.

The tower built in a Brick Gothic Revival architecture has a height of 55 m (180 ft) and is located on the 79 m (259 ft) high Karlsberg hill on the eastern shore of the Havel River. The building contains a domed hall with a marble statue of Wilhelm I and four iron reliefs depicting Albrecht von Roon, Helmuth von Moltke, Otto von Bismarck and Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia. 204 steps lead to the platform offering a panoramic view over the Havelland region and the Grunewald forest. The building has a restaurant and a beer garden.

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