Taufstein, Vogelsberg, Germany

At 773 metres above sea level, the Taufstein is the highest point of the Hoher Vogelsberg Nature Park, an area formed by ancient volcanoes which created one of Europe’s largest basalt fields.  The remains of the volcanic activity now cover an area of around 2,500 square metres.  However the Taufstein was not the peak of an ancient volcano, here there was much activity and the mountain was rather created through the uplift of the basalt.  Other nearby highpoints are the Hoherodskopf at 764 metres which is about one kilometre away as the crow flies and 2.4 km east is the Nesselberg at 716 metres.

From the road, one can leave one’s vehicle and take a short walk to the 22 metre high tower which was built between 1907 and 1910 to a design by the architect Ludwig Hofmann.  This stone tower is in the location where previously two wooden towers had stood.  One arrives at the viewing platform via two spiral staircases made of stone and metal, as well as a concrete staircase with a total of 101 steps. The view from the tower is to the west, north and east completely free and extends over large parts of Hesse until far into the adjacent low mountain ranges. To the south, the view is blocked by beech trees – the rules of the nature park do not permit cutting even to improve observation!

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