The Oberes Tor

The linchpin between the Altstadt and the Ludwigstraße

What’s left of the Oberen Tor is only the name. Here the pedestrian precinct Altstadt turns into the Ludwigstraße. The Obere Torplatz remains a crossroad and a bottleneck: between the pedestrian precinct and the street that leads uptown, between extreme shopping and a break. And if you want to you can continue your trip to the Saale via a steep path (the Rähmberg, named after the frames of the clothiers which were positioned right there in the olden days).

A popular hot spot is the globe fountain. The huge granite ball rotates on a thin water film. Even a little water pressure is enough to abrogate the friction almost completely: You can make it rotate with just your pinky.

The building in this public place that is most important in the history of the town is hidden behind a small green space: the printing house Mintzel has been in existence since 1625 and is the oldest printing house in Germany. Today this representative brick building is the home of the editorial department of the “Hofer Anzeiger”.

View from the city hall tower

The view from the city hall tower ist worth the climb of 152 steps. In 32 meters you have a magnificent view over the city.
The tower is open during the summer months. You get the key at the tourist information.

Opening details

Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday             10 am - 1 pm
Open Sundays    1 pm - 6 pm


View from the city hall tower

The view from the city hall tower is worth-while the climb of the 152 steps. At a height of 32 m one has a wonderful view of the city.

The tower is accessible in the summer months during the opening hours of the tourist information. There you can also get the key.