thyssenkrupp Test Tower Rottweil

New horizons made by thyssenkrupp.


Closing of the observation deck from March 13th

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Closing of the observation deck from March 13th

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Test tower closed

The safety and health of all guests is our top priority. To minimize the risk of infection and to protect you, we have decided to close the highly frequented and popular viewing platform of the thyssenkrupp test tower to visitor traffic until further notice.

Your purchased tickets remain valid and can be used on another day. If you have any further questions about tickets you have already purchased, our Call Center will be happy to answer them: +49 741 2082 3701, Monday to Friday from 10 pm until 2 am.

It got romantic on Valentine's Day.

Since February 14, 2019, the thyssenkrupp test tower in Rottweil has been shining in white and golden light in the evening and is illuminated every day after dusk. On Valentine's Day this year, it even shone in the color of love and delighted local residents and travelers from the region. Last year you showed us the romantic sides of the tower at the photo competition.

Curious? Check out the photos from 2019. Of course we are always happy to receive your own personal impressions: Post your photo of the test tower publicly on Instagram or Twitter and add #testturm. Then the photo will appear some time later on this website.

Our winter special 19/20 still applies: Enjoy the view of Rottweil at dusk from 5 p.m. at the evening rate. Reduced tickets for this are only available at the box office on all opening days. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

We are looking forward to your visit.



The very special test tower souvenir

Finally you can take a 3D model of the unique test tower home with you. Limited edition initial run for 2019. Produced in thyssenkrupp’s own TechCenter Additive Manufacturing, this delicate 3D model is just under 13 cm tall and shows the exterior detail of the unique screw-thread design of the building, based on the original architectural plans. Printed in the state-of-the-art selective laser sintering process (SLS). Watch the video below or read more about this particular 3D printing process. Available immediately in the test tower during normal opening hours and in our online shop.


Printed reality – The test tower you can take home with you

See why our mini-test tower is a very special souvenir, and why the selective laser sintering process can do more than traditional 3D build-up printing. This project brought together teams from two of thyssenkrupp Group's most innovative divisions. Staff at the thyssenkrupp TechCenter Additive Manufacturing in Mülheim an der Ruhr use cutting-edge manufacturing processes to perfect the industrial production systems of tomorrow, while the thyssenkrupp test tower in Rottweil develops elevators that are revolutionising urban mobility. 

Important news: New Ticket shop!

Since the 1st of November, you will only receive online tickets through our new shop. The old one was switched off.

As usual, click on Tickets at the top of the navigation and you will be automatically redirected to the new shop.

Save the new link (en) as a bookmark or favorite, and delete, if available, the old shop from your list.

For all questions concerning the sale of online tickets and merchandising articles, please contact our shop hotline on +49 (0)1803-36 36 00 *.

* (0.09 € / minute from the German landline, max 0.42 € / minute from the German mobile network)

The shop service hotline can be reached at the following times: Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 18:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00.

You can also contact us by e-mail:

For all other questions about the test tower, please contact our general test tower hotline using the contact form or hotline number as usual.

Welcome to the world of thyssenkrupp Elevator

thyssenkrupp Elevator is making cities the best ever places to live. At our most prominent research facility, the test tower in Rottweil, Germany, we are bringing the first ropeless elevator that can drive horizontally as well as vertically to life. Our portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts as well as tailored service solutions for all products.

Watch our 2-minute summary here or visit us in Rottweil and watch our three times as long vision in the Media Lobby on the big screen in cinema format and with perfect sound. The visit to the medialobby is of course included in the ticket price.

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.