Forest Tower, Sankt Englmar

Where Martin Six's part-time farm once stood, a new attraction was built in 2019 in the heart of the Bavarian Forest National Park: a 60-metre-high forest tower complete with slides, climbing facilities and a viewing platform. In the meantime, this tourist magnet attracts around 200,000 visitors a year.

From the idea to the order

 

FUCHS Europoles was already able to convince with the structural columns for the Waldwipfelweg in St. Englmar in 2009. 10 years later, the client Martin Six decided to work with us again in the course of the construction of an adventure tower. Since 2014, the client has been planning the forest tower, whose shape is modelled on a tree – the tower should not disturb the townscape of St. Englmar at all. The idea was to create a place not only for walkers and remote viewers, but also for families with children. The tower is equipped with climbing elements, among other things, which visitors can use to climb to the highest level. Those who reach the top in this way or via the 600-metre-long spiral path get a reward. The magnificent all-round view of the forests and mountains of the Bavarian Forest and even as far as the Zugspitze will convince visitors. There is also the opportunity to walk over a sturdy net through which the brave can look down 60 metres. Those who want to make their way back after this beautiful view can also do so via one of the two slides.

Flawless assembly despite challenges

In October 2019, FUCHS Europoles began installing the mast. In total, FUCHS delivered 14 tower elements made of reinforced concrete to the already existing Waldwipfelweg. The extreme slope posed a real challenge for the heavy-duty transporters. To protect the national park, special care was taken to ensure that the forest remained intact. Thus, the individual parts weighing up to 36 tonnes were skilfully assembled without damaging the surroundings. In a short construction time, the first tower of its kind in Bavaria was built in St. Englmar – the third of its kind in Germany. Jürgen Hegel, Key Account Manager in the Building Construction Division, proudly tells of the cooperation: "Client Martin Six has been entrusting us with his projects for 12 years now." FUCHS Europoles was also able to complete this major Waldturm project to his complete satisfaction.

To the project film

 

Specifications

Location: St. Englmar / Maibrunn, Bavaria

Scope:

  • 14 tower elements made of reinforced concrete, C80/95, self-compacting
  • Diameter of the precast concrete elements up to 4.0 m
  • Total diameter: 26.0 m (with steel structure)
  • Height of structure including foundation: 60.0 m
  • Heaviest part: 36.0 t
  • Total weight: 350.0 t

Client: Martin Six