thyssenkrupp Test Tower Rottweil

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Press invitation to western Europe's highest stair-run, thyssenkrupp test tower, Rottweil, 15 September 2019

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Visitors' platform open at:

  • Friday, 19. July 2019
  • Saturday, 20. July 2019
  • Sunday, 21. July 2019
  • Tuesday, 23. July 2019

Important Information for your visit


Press invitation to western Europe's highest stair-run, thyssenkrupp test tower, Rottweil, 15 September 2019

Read more

Visitors' platform open at:

  • Friday, 19. July 2019
  • Saturday, 20. July 2019
  • Sunday, 21. July 2019
  • Tuesday, 23. July 2019

Important Information for your visit

Extended holiday opening hours – Viewing platform now open from Tuesday to Sunday

In addition to the regular opening hours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays), the tower will also be open on weekdays during Baden-Württemberg's school holidays – from 10 am to 6 pm every day except Mondays. On Saturdays the tower will stay open until 8 pm.

Open on Tuesdays to Sundays from Tuesday, July 23 until Sunday, September 14 including.

The extended opening hours also apply during the coming Pentecost, summer and autumn holidays. The tower will be open from Tuesday 23 July, meaning school classes or visitors from other parts of Germany can also take advantage of the extended opening hours. You can find full details of opening hours on individual days by clicking on ‘Tickets’ and then on the ‘Select date’ drop-down menu. You can buy your ticket here.

Closed on Sunday, September 15, due to the thyssenkrupp Towerrun.


Looking for a souvenir? New test tower notebooks available

Available to buy now, exclusively from us at the test tower: Our high-quality, 200-page notebooks are available in two different sizes – A4 and A5 – priced at 7 and 5 euros respectively. Now available from the test tower shop during tower opening hours 

Screensaver for all tower fans

As a small gift to mark the Test Tower's first birthday, we are offering all fans of the Test Tower a free screensaver to download for their PCs. Enjoy the view!

  • thyssenkrupp_Testturm_Rottweil.exe (13.135 KB)
  • thyssenkrupp_Testturm_Rottweil.scr (12.168 KB)
  • thyssenkrupp_test_tower_Rottweil_EN.exe (13.134 KB)
  • thyssenkrupp_test_tower_Rottweil_EN.scr (12.168 KB)

Technical notes: You can choose between an English version and a German version. Each is available for your PC in two different formats. Save the file of your choice on your computer. To install the screensaver, either double click on the .exe file, or right click on the .scr file and select ‘Install’. Installation is dependent on a number of factors, including your operating system, anti-virus software settings and general user rights on your computer. Please be aware that we cannot answer individual technical queries. 

Photos from Instagram and Twitter

Here you can see recent photos and videos of the test tower taken by Instagram users.
We are also looking forward to seeing your pictures too!

What do you have to do to get your photos of the test tower displayed here?

  • Post a photo of the test tower on Instagram or Twitter.
  • Use the hashtags #testturm and #thyssenkrupp.
  • The photo will then appear automatically on our test tower website (unless your account is set to private).
  • Your copyright to the photo/video remains unaffected.
  • We always show the 20 most recent photos.


Innovation is what thyssenkrupp is all about. And the customers and people who use our products are at the centre of everything we do. Our results-focused approach is inspired by our motto: ‘engineering.tomorrow.together’. 

With this in mind, we have built the world's first 246-metre (807ft) test tower, giving us the best possible environment for our research and development, and helping us to engineer tomorrow. Another unique feature of the thyssenkrupp test tower is that it's open to the public, making it a major attraction for Rottweil and the surrounding area.

Visitor information

Visit the test tower

We officially opened Germany's highest visitor platform on 7 and 8 October 2017, together with Rottweil Town Council. The visitor platform is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Tickets are available online and from the ticket office.

Opening times:

Fridays 10 am - 6.00 pm
Saturdays 10 am - 8 pm
Sundays/ public holidays 10 am - 6 pm.

Test tower at a glance

The result of successful teamwork

Of course, when designing a tower whose primary purpose is to test and validate next-generation elevator technologies, there are a lot of technical requirements to consider. Architects Dr Werner Sobek and Helmut Jahn (representing the construction firm Züblin) won the contract to build the tower because their design managed to fulfil these requirements at the same time as combining them with pure, elegant design and a sophisticated structure.

Thanks to the combined efforts of everyone involved in the project the thyssenkrupp test tower was built in record time. The ground-breaking ceremony took place on 3 October 2014 and the keys handed over on 12 December 2016, allowing thyssenkrupp to get started with its research.

Places of interest Rottweil

Welcome to Rottweil - City of Towers

Rottweil is an idyllic small town situated on the river Neckar between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alps. It was founded almost 2,000 years ago by the Romans, and its town centre has hardly changed since the 16th century. Visitors from all over Europe flock to Rottweil to admire the extraordinary beauty of the ‘City of Towers’. In addition to a wide range of art galleries and other cultural attractions, it is also home to arguably Germany's most impressive view.

Rottweil is the location for a new, ultra-modern elevator testing tower whose architecture complements the historic towers of the medieval town centre. After a long search, there were a number of reasons why thyssenkrupp Elevator finally chose Rottweil for its testing tower, including the fact that there are about 10,000 engineering students studying at universities and technical colleges in the local area. The site is also close to the Neuhausen Technology Park and the Pliezhausen Research Centre, and benefits from good public transport links.


Starting point for groundbreaking projects

To actively shape the future, you need world-class facilities. The new test tower opens up unprecedented possibilities and is brimming with sophisticated technology and features. It's a unique research facility for us, and an exciting visitor attraction for people of the surrounding area.