Wendischer Turm built together with Reichturm

At the end of the Middle Ages, a time when Columbus was on his way to find the West Way to India, two gates of the city wall, only 150m apart, were reinforced with towers. So the Wendischer Turm and the Reichenturm were built at the same time. The platform is surrounded by a tin parapet with an octagonal helmet with a brick pyramid tip in the middle.

Wendischer Turm mit Finanzamt am Buttermarkt

The Wendischer Turm was built to protect the Sorbs in Bautzen

The Wendischer Turm was named after the part of the town that was its task to protect. During the Middle Ages, it was inhabited mainly by members of the people we know better today under the name of Sorbs.

Wendischer Turm mit Schülerturm und Reichenturm vom Schützenplatz

Wendischer Turm is one of the most artistic barracks in military history

Over centuries, the doorless and windowless substructure of the Wendish Tower served as a prison for debtors. Gottfried Semper saved the tower from demolition in 1841 when he was commissioned to build a barracks in his place. He oriented his planning on the Wendischer Turm and created the most artistic barracks in military history in the city of towers. In 1992 the exterior of the tower was renovated. Today it is only accessible via the Bautzen tax office. Currently, access for the public is not possible.

Bautzen-Gerberbastei mit Dom St. Petri und Nicolaiturm vom Schützenplatz

Guided Tours and Experiences in Bautzen

Welcome to Bautzen – English guided tour