Television Tower Dusseldorf

Rhine Tower/Television Tower Dusseldorf  

Dusseldorf’s highest landmark 

The TV Tower Dusseldorf, which bears the official name Rheinturm (literally Rhinetower), is the highest building in the city with a height of 240.5 meters, followed in this respect by the Arag Tower as the highest skyscraper in Dusseldorf. The television tower is also the tenth highest television tower in the Federal Republic and is considered one of the landmarks of the city of Dusseldorf. The architect of the Rhine Tower was Harald Deilmann (1920-2008), who also built the headquarters of the (former) WestLB – today Herzogterassen – on the site between Friedrichstraße/Herzogstraße towards the southeast. 

Largest decimal clock in the world 

The decimal clock installed on the TV tower built in 1979-1982 by Horst H. Baumann (1934-2019) is the largest of its kind in the world and entered in the Guinness Book of Records. The top segment reads the hours, e.g. one illuminated eye at the top and 6 illuminated eyes below for 1 and 6, i.e. 16 o’clock. In the middle segment above the ten minutes: 5 illuminated eyes for 50 minutes in the middle above, six illuminated eyes for 6 minutes in the middle below and according to the same principle the seconds with 3 for 30 seconds and below 9 for 39 in the lowest segment, thus 39 seconds. So according to this picture it is 16.56h and 39 seconds. 

Art and actions at the television tower Dusseldorf 

Interesting and spectacular actions always take place at the Rhine Tower. In 2016, on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the light installation Rheinkomet (literally Rhinecomet) was installed on the top of the Dusseldorf Rhine Tower for the first time. Since 2016, the action has been repeated several times. The light beams emanating from it remained visible for several nights. The event is to continue to be available for special events such as the Japan Festival, the Rhine Fair or German Unity Day. In this context, the not inconsiderable costs of the Rheinkomet art event are shared by several sponsors. In late summer 2022, a rappelling action by rescue workers took place (see photos). 

Visit with a magnificent view in fine weather 

Visiting the observation platforms of the tower is possible only through the elevator. The tower has one level, which rotates in one direction from 13.00 – 16.30h and in the other direction from 18.00 – 24.00h. In good weather you can see the Cologne Cathedral and also the Cologne TV Tower from the visitable viewing platforms inside and outside.

Television Tower Dusseldorf, Stromstr. 20, 40221 Düsseldorf.

Pictures of the TV tower from from the air rescue operation (2022), shots from various Düsseldorf viewpoints and pictures of the projects Dusseldorf Rheinkomet (2016).

To see the image caption in  English click on the circular infopictogram  on the right below the enlarged photo.