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Götz Tower (Götzenturm)
The south western corner pillar of the former city wall named after a famous knight.
This tower used to sit at the south-eastern corner of the city wall and was most likely built out of stones brought in from the former Klingenberg Castle in 1392. Initially, it was called Square Tower until it was renamed Götz Tower in the 19th century, as the protagonist of the same name dies right in front of a tower in Goethe's “Götz von Berlichingen” drama. During his three-and-a-half years of captivity (1519-1522), the famous knight was incarcerated for one night in Heilbronn's Bulwark Tower, which the city wall connected to the Götz Tower.
Today, both towers bear silent witness to the massive bulwark which was built between the 13th and 14th century to defend the imperial city. Back then, only three paths led into the city: through the Bridge Gate, Sülm Gate and Flein Gate.
Since 1985, a cut-out profile of a person has balanced on the Götzenturm tower. The sculpture “Über dem Abgrund” (over the precipice) was created by the artist Hubertus von der Goltz.
The tower is open to the public. The key is available from the Heilbronn Tourist Information Center, Kaiserstraße 17 (Mon-Sat) and the City Archive (Sat & Sun).
Allerheiligenstraße, 74072 Heilbronn