Destination Germany: Magdeburg's wooden tower with a view, the Millennium Tower

Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg / Flickr

Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg / Flickr

David Kirsch / Flickr

David Kirsch / Flickr

This week I am going to take you to a place almost in my own back yard, at least it is in the same state where I am living. We now travel to the capital city of Saxony-Anhalt, Magdeburg. The city has a lot to offer but we are going to single out something special. I always like telling you about extremes so this week we take a look at Germany’s tallest wooden building, The Millennium Tower, or in German, Jahrtausendturm.

The Millennium Tower got its name from the “Bundesgartenschau” or Federal Garden Show. It is a horticulture (think gardening) event that takes place every other year that is a huge deal in Germany and even internationally. A different city or region hosts the show and they must construct and showcase beautiful landscapes, gardens, and architecture.

The tower was created for this event as Magdeburg was hosting the Federal Garden Show for the first time since the show began in 1951. This was actually the first time the show had ever even been in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. The event was held in the year 1999, right at the turn of the millennium. Hence, The Millennium Tower.

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fahrradfritze / Flickr

The tower itself is like a giant drill head coming out of the earth that is just a little bowed to make it look like art. A staircase spirals around it and visitors can get a great view of the rest of Elbauenpark and everything surrounding it. On the inside you work your way up from the bottom to the top. On the bottom you pretty much see the birth of mankind and what they were capable of. You see man progress through the ages as we learn new things and get a better understanding of how things work. By the time you get to the 5th floor, you can view today’s modern sciences and technology. At the very top, on the sixth floor, you can find an observation deck. Get a wonderful view looking over the trees to the lands far in the distance.

The tower is in Magdeburg’s Elbauenpark and stands 60 meters tall. It has 6 huge floors with the theme of man’s development of the sciences. Something that always draws my attention are the interactive areas. If I can play with something rather than just looking or reading about it, all the better. Remember, just Elbauenpark looks like an amazing enough reason to visit Magdeburg, but with the Millennium Tower, it is a must see.