The largest existing half-timbered circular tower of the world
The small town of Neustadt in Hesse has a very special landmark. The Junker Hansen Tower is the largest preserved half-timbered circular building in the world; at 48.80m high and 12.60m in diameter, it has a place in the Guiness Book of Records.
The monumental structure forms part of the city’s fortifications. Built at the end of the 15th century as a defence and residential tower with arrow slits, it served to defend Dörnberg Castle, but also to represent the castle and its owner, Hans von Dörnberg, whose name it carries. The first two storeys, which are made of stone, function as a base for two further storeys of timber framework and on top of these, an eight-sided spire. The tower bears the name of its builder, Hans von Dömberg, who created an outstanding example of late medieval half-timbered architecture.