The animated and inanimate nature of the Grosser Inselsberg, the most striking mountain of the western Thuringian Forest and a magnet for nature tourism, is the topic of a modern exhibition in the historic observation tower.
The theme of the GeoInfocentre focusses on the Rotliegend rocks (presented as so-called "talking rocks"), spectacular fossils from a nearby operational quarry in Bad Tabarz (incl. the 290 million years old fossil Giant Mayfly Syntonopteroidea with a wing span of over 20 cm – presented here as a life reconstruction), surveying topics (Large Triangle according to Gauss) as well as a geological model of a profile through the Thuringian Forest highlighting important geotopes.
The tourist information is located on the groundfloor. The top floor has been converted into a viewing platform with panorama windows from where you can enjoy spectacular views over the Thuringian Forest and to the neighbouring low mountain range Rhön. When the weather is good you may even see the Brocken in the Harz Mountains!
Erlebnisturm Grosser Inselsberg
99891 Bad Tabarz
inselsbergturm @ gmx.de
Tel.: 036259 56470
April 1 – October 31: daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
November 1 – March 31: daily except tuesdays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Guided tours are available with prior notice. Please call Mr. Ludwig at 036259 56470.
Inselsbergstrasse (L1024) direction Brotterode, parking available at the road fork. Visitors arriving by car who would like to hike up the Inselsberg should park their car on the parking lot Grenzwiese, Kleiner Inselsberg and use the paved hiking path up the Inselsberg.