Fernsehturm Stuttgart
The Fernsehturm Stuttgart
Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The sixth-largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has a population of 600,038 while the metropolitan area has a population of 5.3 million ....

(TV Tower Stuttgart) is the world's first TV tower built from concrete
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 (and prototype for many towers of that kind all over the world).

It is located on the so-called "Hoher Bopser" hill in the southern Stuttgart district of Degerloch. After a construction period of 20 months it was placed in service February 5, 1956, by Süddeutscher Rundfunk
Süddeutscher Rundfunk
The Süddeutscher Rundfunk was a German radio and television station operating in the northern part of the state of Baden-Württemberg. It existed from 1949 to 1998, when it was merged with the then Südwestfunk to form the Südwestrundfunk....

 (today: Südwestrundfunk
The Südwestrundfunk is a public broadcasting company for the southwest of Germany, specifically the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. The company has main offices in three cities: Stuttgart, Baden-Baden and Mainz, with the director's office being in Stuttgart. It is an...

 – SWR). The tower broadcasts several public FM radio
FM broadcasting
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 stations and transmitted the ARD
Das Erste
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 TV network's analogue service until 2006. The digital television services have moved to nearby Fernmeldeturm Stuttgart
Fernmeldeturm Stuttgart
The Stuttgarter Fernmeldeturm is a reinforced concrete tower for radio relay, FM and TV transmitting services tower at Stuttgart-Frauenkopf in Germany . It, unlike the Stuttgart TV tower, is not accessible to the public. It belongs to Deutsche Telekom and is 192.4 metres high...

, which also broadcasts private FM radio stations in the area. Although controversial at first, it quickly became a well known landmark
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 of Stuttgart and tourist attraction. From the two observation decks there is a view of Stuttgart, from the forests and vineyards in and around Stuttgart to the Swabian Jura and the Black Forest
Black Forest
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  • Engineer: Professor Dr. Ing. Fritz Leonhardt
    Fritz Leonhardt
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  • Altitude: Foot of tower 483 m (1,584.6 ft) above sea level
  • Overall height to the antenna point: 216.8 m (711.3 ft)
  • Height of upper observation deck: 153.5 m (503.6 ft)
  • Height of lower observation deck: 150 m (492.1 ft)
  • Diameter of foundation: 27 m (88.6 ft)
  • Total weight of tower: approximately 3000 tons
  • Weight of foundation: approximately 1500 tons
  • Speed of elevators: 4 m per second
  • Panorama
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     on a platform of the tower basket
  • Maximum diameter of tower basket: 15 m (49.2 ft)

The tower can be reached by the Stuttgart public transport system (see Stuttgart
Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The sixth-largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has a population of 600,038 while the metropolitan area has a population of 5.3 million ....

 external links) and is open for visitors from 9:00 until 23:00.


  • 10 January 1954: Start of construction
  • 5 February 1956: Inauguration
  • October 1965 until December 1965: Extension of antenna, hence today the tower is 216.8 meters tall.

Air traffic warning lights

The tower carries beside the conventional red air traffic warning lights three rotating Xenon-lamps similar to those used on lighthouses just above the observation deck.

Other Transmission Towers in Stuttgart (not accessible to public)

  • Fernmeldeturm Frauenkopf (height: 192.4 m)
  • Vodafone-Funkturm Stuttgart-Vaihingen
    Vodafone-Funkturm Stuttgart-Vaihingen
    The Vodafone-Funkturm is a 98.6 metre high tower for mobile phone services in Stuttgart-Vaihingen.The Vodafone-Funkturm of Stuttgart-Vaihingen is a very unconventional tower: it consists of three concrete tubes which are assembled together in the form of a tripod...

     (height: 98.6 m)
  • Funkturm Stuttgart
    Funkturm Stuttgart
    Funkturm Stuttgart is a reinforced concrete transmitting tower, built in 1966 on the Raichberg of Stuttgart, Germany . The radio tower is not accessible to the public...

     (height: 93 m)
  • Directional Radio Tower Stuttgart-Möhringen
    Directional Radio Tower Stuttgart-Möhringen
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     (height: 93 m)

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  • Fernsehturm Stuttgart. Fernsehturm-Betriebs-GmbH, Stuttgart 1991
  • Walther Drechsel: Turmbauwerke. Wiesbaden, Berlin, 1967
  • Jörg Schlaich, Matthias Schüller: Ingenieurbauführer Baden-Württemberg. Bauwerk Verlag, Berlin 1999; pp. 486-488.

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