Worth seeing

Worth seeing

copyright Stadtgemeinde Leoben, picture: Freisinger

Schwammerlturm - medieval tower

The Landmark of the city Leoben

Mädchen beim Eis essen, im Hintergrund der SchwammerturmSchwammerlturm, © Stadtgemeinde Leoben, picture: Freisinger

The Schwammerlturm is an approx. 30 meter high medieval tower in the city of Leoben. The oldest nomination from Leoben as a town was found in a document in 1280. At the completion in 1280 the city from Styria was surrounded by a weir plant with walls, towers and a city ditch. Today the only surviving gate tower is the Schwammerlturm, the landmark of Leoben.

The medieval complex was renewed in 1512. 1616 newly created by Peter Carlone and after a serious damage by an earthquake in 1794, with the mushroom-shaped hood provided, to which the popular name “Schwammerlturm” goes back.

The inscription with historical references was made 1845 by the painter Johann Max Tendler on the occasion of a restoration. The supplement was written by Josef Freudenthaler with a hint of the recent story. Today the Schwammerturm is again walkable and accommodates a small coffee place, from which you have a wonderful view of the town and its surrounding.

Cafe am Schwammerlturm
Homanngasse 11
8700 Leoben

Opening hours:
Montday – Thursday from 13:00 till 22:00 o´clock;
Friday and Saturday from 13:00 till 02:00 o´clock;
Sunday from 13:00 till 20:00 o´clock.

Inscription on the Schwammerlturm:

1280 I have risen,
1794 I was close to fall.
I am in any case,
very old and older than all of you.
Saw many enemies go through me,
and always stand upright.
Saw the Franken four times already,
but always firm the imperial throne.
Saw young warriors from east and west,
even remained stuck in these storms.



 Tourismusverband Leoben
      Hauptplatz 3
      8700 Leoben
  +43 3842 48148


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