As part of the extensive improvements to the town’s fortifications in the second half of the 16th century, a tower was erected at what is today the corner of Schillerstraße and Pforzheimerstraße. The tower had a tin pinnacle, and was intended as a defensive structure, as the arrow-slits indicate. On the occasion of the 800-year anniversary of Ettlingen’s city rights, the Lauerturm (`lookout tower´) and the area around it underwent a comprehensive renovation, and the medieval battlements were once again made accessible. The top floor now houses an agricultural museum. The Lauerturm is depicted on the town arms of Ettlingen, and is an important symbol of the city.

Translator: Chase Faucheux