Schmalzturm - From Alte Bergstraße, Germany

Schmalzturm - From Alte Bergstraße, Germany
Schmalzturm - From Alte Bergstraße, Germany
The Schmalzturm, or 'Tower of Schmalz' is located in Landsberg am Lech, Germany, along the banks of the river Lech. It is the oldest - and quite possibly the most beautiful - remnant of a Romanesque church in the city. Dating back to the 13th century, it is a geometric octagonal structure with a round lantern and four corner towers, each with a steep conical roof. The tower has been used as a lookout and observation point, a pilgrimage destination and a toll-collecting tower in its long history. Its interior is almost completely empty, and the ground floor contains some murals from the early 20th century. There are also some cellars and an old oven. The Schmalzturm stands for the city's rich cultural and religious heritage and it offers spectacular views of the city, river and its surrounding landscape.