They call it the “Wahrzeichen der Stadt” – the town’s landmark, and photos of it can usually be found on many of the postcards from Bergen auf Rügen. And yet, the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Tower is not really near to the centre of the town and, in tower terms, is not really that tall. So what is all the fuss about?
To understand the tower, it is an advantage to know who exactly Ernst Moritz Arndt was and why it was built in the first place.
He was a poet and a thinker, born in 1769 on Rügen at a time when the island belonged to Sweden. His works reflect the beauty that he saw in the island, but he known in particular for criticising Napoleon’s occupation of Germany and fleeing into exile as a result. (more…)