The Rheinturm 240.5 metre high concrete telecommunication tower in Düsseldorf, Germany

The Rheinturm Düsseldorf is a 240.5 metre high concrete telecommunication tower in Düsseldorf, Germany , Capital of the federal state (Bundesland) of North Rhine-Westphalia. It was built from 1979 until 1981. The Rheinturm carries aerials for directional radio, FM and TV transmitters and has in a height of 174.5 metre a revolving restaurant and in a height of 170 metres an observation deck.





The Rheinturm was inaugaurated on December 1, 1981. It contains of 7,500 cubic metres concrete and weighs 22,500 tons. Until October 15, 2004, when an aerial for DVB-T was mounted, it was 234.2 metres high.

As special attraction there is a light sculpture on its shaft, which works as a clock. This sculpture was designed by Horst H. Baumann and is called Lichtzeitpegel (light time level). The light sculpture on the Rheinturm is the biggest decimal clock in the world.

The City of Düsseldorf had Beatenetworks build an exact scale replica of the Rheinturm in Second Life. Visitors to the virtual version experience the same views from the top of the tower as do visitors to the real version.
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