Former University Tower of Leipzig / 'Wisdom Tooth', Leipzig
Spiking up above the city skyline is the tallest building in Leipzig, and a legacy of the former communist government. It was designed by the architect Hermann Henselmann to look like an open book, a reference to the university which the building was constructed for. But its upper levels, curved up to a sharp point, have caused the locals to nickname it "wisdom tooth".
To the right of the Opera House in this photo you can see the tallest building in Leipzig, the former University Tower which has been totally remodeled and facelifted in recent years (1999-2002) and is now officially called the City Hochhaus. Unofficially it is often referred to as the Weisheitszahn (wisdom tooth) by local residents.
The letters mdr at the top stand for Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk or Middle German Radio, which is the large publicly-owned radio and television corporation serving this part of Germany.
The building is 142 meters tall, which makes it about the same height as the 14th and 15th tallest buildings in Frankfurt am Main, the Frankfurter Büro Center and the City-Haus.
On the roof of the City-Hochhaus there is an observation deck where you can get nice views out over Leipzig in most directions.
Looking north and northeast, though, you get better views from the cafe on the 29th floor, which is where I took this picture of the main Leipzig railroad station illuminated by a fleeting moment of sunshine from a gap in the clouds.
This former university highrise building has a restaurant on the top floor as well as a viewing platform with excellent panoramic vistas of Leipzig. There is no better place to get an aerial overview of the city than here. It is even possible to see the "Neuseeland", a former brown coal mining area where the mining craters have been flooded and turned into artificial lakes. The skyscraper is in walking distance of the "Gewandhaus" concert hall.
The 1970s skyscraper next to Gewandhaus was built for the university which used it until 1998. Its shape is supposed to look like a book being opened. However, the common Leipziger has found a more convincing analogy and nicknamed the building Weisheitszahn (“Wisdom Tooth”).
Leipzig’s tallest building has been restored as offices by a private investor. The platform at the top offers, weather permitting, a grand view over the whole city. No worries, there is a lift up there.
The tallest building of Leipzig, lovingly called "wisdom tooth" (Weisheitszahn) by Leipzigers, used to be part of the city's university. Nowadays, it's owned by some company, but I don't know which one.
It was built in the late 1960s to look like an open book, but recognizing this demands some fantasy! Instead, it's nickname is rather fitting... At the moment, the building finds itself in a new environment - another old university building is just torn down and thus provides an interesting view of the gleaming skyscraper and the remains of an ugly communist block.
Being on top of the highest building of Leipzig gives you a great chance to get a good overview of the whole city: The biggest train station in Europe, the old City Centre, the new lakes in the South, and the Monument of the Battle of the Nations ... all lays down to your feet.
I recommend the open-air viewing platform - entrance 2 EURO.
People of Leipzig call the tower 'Wisdom Tooth'. It was built between 1968 and 1973 for Leipzig University. It has 34 floors and from a distant view it looks like a opened book. With its 142m (466ft) it is the highest building in Leipzig. The university sold this tower in the early 1990s.
Since March 2002 the restaurant on the topmost floor has reopened. On top you have a unique panorama view over Leipzig.
The so called "Wisdom Tooth" was originally one of the University buildings, built 1968 - 75. It is *the* landmark of Leipzig, height 142 m, 34 floors and in the shape of an open book.
It was sold to a private owner recently, so I don't know exactly if you can still enjoy the views from the 26th floor (110 m).
At this square not far from the city centre you can see the influence of socialist goverment on Leipzig. The skyscraper has been part of the university and is now the location of MDR-TV.
To the right you can see a red triangel. This is the location of the Pauliner Church, which has been destroyed to make place for the modern building., the main building of Leipzig University.
This tower is the highest place in Leipzig (142m) and offers great views over the city. The entrance fee was quite low.
University Tower of Leipzig
The high tower of the University of Leipzig is called by the local people (watch its form) Wisdom Tooth.