"Adolf's Tower" Friedberg Things to Do Tip by Nemorino
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The the north end of the Friedberg Castle complex is a tower known as the Adolfsturm or Adolf's Tower. The tower is 54 meters tall and is said to be the highest "historic" tower in Germany.
The story of this is that in 1347 Count Adolf of Nassau was captured (not "captivated" as it says on several websites!) in one of the constant feuds that went on throughout the Middle Ages. He was held prisoner by the knights of Friedberg Castle, who demanded and finally received a large ransom for his release. The knights used the ransom money to build this tower and named it after their former prisoner: Adolf's Tower.
Originally the tower must have been somewhat simpler than it is today. The pointed top and the four little corner towers are the result of a reconstruction in the year 1893.
Second photo: Looking up at Adolf's Tower.
Directions: GPS 50°20'33.78" North; 8°45'10.22" East
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