Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stuttgart TV tower

In an effort to participate in all of the tourist attractions the city of Stuttgart has to offer, I made a visit to the TV tower.

While this tower is definitely not the tallest TV tower out there, Stuttgart has gone for the 'oldest' prize, and claims this TV tower is the prototype after which all subsequent TV towers (e.g., the CN tower) were modeled. There were also some extremely retro looking army green rotary telephones in the ticket vending booth that reinforced this claim.

Supposedly on a clear day you can see the Alps from the observation deck, which sounded great to me. However, it turns out that air quality isn't a strong point of the region - even on a clear January day, it's blanketed in smog. The furthest I could see was the Schwäbische Alb, only 100km to the south. It was pretty though, and with the coffee and cake stop afterward, made for a delightful Sunday afternoon.

View towards the south, the hazy looking highland is the Schwäbische Alb. But the fields are still green in January!
Low angle winter sunlight

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