Albertturm (Albert tower) on the Collm

Elector George I, a passionate hunter, first had the idea of erecting an observation tower on the Collmberg as many as 360 years ago. However, it only became possible to build the Albertturn in 1851 after donations from numerous nature lovers and friends of the area. It was then that the foundation stone was laid at the summit of the Collmberg. The 18m tower was opened for the public to climb in April 1854.

It was named after the then Prince and Duke, later King Albert of Saxony. On days with particularly good visibility, you can see not only the outline of Leipzig 60 km away, with its Monument to the Battle of the Nations and university buildings, but also the ridge of the Erzgebirge mountains, the top of the Lusatian Highlands, the Petersberg near Halle and Augustusburg Castle. Many people hike to Collm in all seasons to enjoy both the fabulous views and the more immediate surroundings. Visitors have to climb 99 steps to get to the viewing platform.

A stationary telescope installed in 1993 provides panoramic views. A granite pillar stands on the platform, dating from the Nagel triangulation of 1865, the most thorough traditional grade measurement in Saxony. Until very recently, this was the basis for the well-known "Messtischblätter" (ordnance survey) maps. The inscription reads: "The Collm Royal Saxon station for central European grade measurement".

Today the Albertturm is owned by the district of Wermsdorf and is open to hikers and sightseers.




Opening hours

April – October

 

 *may be closed in bad weather

Facilities

 

Address

Address: Albertturm auf dem Collm
Post code/city: 04779 Wermsdorf OT Collm