GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is now offering monthly tours of the historic Water Tower landmark on Tower Barracks.
The tours take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Current tour dates are listed at the end of this article.
Each tour starts at the base of the tower with a safety briefing followed by a walking tour. The tour takes approximately one hour to complete, and is led by several experienced tour guides with historical knowledge of the tower and the Grafenwoehr Training Area.
These tours offer an exciting lens into the history of the community. Built in 1909, the 43.5 meter high, half-timbered-style tower with its bays, stair tower and the canon silhouette on top quickly became the landmark of the training area and the city. It was a miracle that, together with the Forest House, it survived the bombardment of April 1945 unharmed, although bombs fell all around the two buildings.
Who Can Participate
Tours are open to all installation ID cardholders and pass holders. Normal installation access procedures remain in effect for Water Tower tours. For information on installation access, visit https://home.army.mil/bavaria/index.php/IACS.
Tours are limited to 25 people and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required to ensure tour space is available.
Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate close-toed walking shoes during the tour. The tour includes more than 200 stairs, and is not suitable for those requiring handicap access.
How to Participate
You may pre-register for a Water Tower tour by sending an email to the USAG Bavaria PAO at email@example.com with the following information:
Special Group Tours
Special tour sessions are available upon request through the USAG Bavaria PAO. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Special tour requests require at least 10 working days’ notice and will occur at the availability of the tour guides.
Individuals/organizations requesting a special group tour are responsible for coordinating installation access with the Directorate of Emergency Services Installation Access Control office. For more information, visit https://home.army.mil/bavaria/index.php/IACS.
Current Schedule (all tours take place at 10 a.m.)