Rheinturm

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Rheinturm
Rheinturm and Media Harbour
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General information
TypeTelecommunications tower
with restaurant and observation deck
LocationDüsseldorf
Country Germany
Coordinates51°13′04″N 6°45′42″E / 51.21778°N 6.76167°E / 51.21778; 6.76167
Elevation36.6 metres NHN
Construction started20 January 1979
Completed1 December 1981
Inaugurated1 March 1982
Height240.5 metres (789 ft)
Technical details
Structural systemReinforced concrete
Design and construction
Architect(s)Harald Deilmann

The Rheinturm (pronounced ; 'Rhine Tower') is a 240.5-metre-high (789 ft) concrete telecommunications tower in Düsseldorf, capital of the federal state (Bundesland) of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Construction commenced in 1979 and finished in 1981. The Rheinturm carries aerials for directional radio, FM and TV transmitters. It stands 172.5 metres high and houses a revolving restaurant and an observation deck at a height of 168 metres. It is the tallest building in Düsseldorf.

The Rheinturm was inaugurated on 1 December 1981. It contains 7,500 cubic metres of concrete and weighs 22,500 tons. Before October 15, 2004, when an aerial antenna for DVB-T was mounted, it was 234.2 metres high. The observation deck is open to public daily from 10:00 to 23:30.

As a special attraction, a light sculpture on its shaft works as a clock. This sculpture was designed by Horst H. Baumann and is called Lichtzeitpegel (light time level). The light sculpture on the Rheinturm is the largest digital clock in the world. The clock is a 24-hour clock with six sets of lights, two each for the Hour (00 to 24), Minutes (00 to 60), and Seconds (00 to 60), to be read from top to bottom.

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References

  1. ^ "All brewing up nicely: jet off to Germany for a guaranteed weekend of good cheer", The Times, 2003-08-09
  2. ^ Müller, Wegener, Wöstemeyer: Rheinturm Düsseldorf, p. 18

External links

Media related to Rheinturm in Düsseldorf at Wikimedia Commons Media related to Views from Rheinturm at Wikimedia Commons

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