Károly Lookout Tower

Besides the man-made values of Sopron, the picturesque natural environment also touches the visitors. Sopron is situated at the meeting point of three different botanical and zoological regions - with this lookout tower in the centre of the area -, which largely contributes to the extreme richness in species of the nearby forests. Walking on the dense network of paths, we can discover numerous wonders of nature. The first wooden lookout tower was constructed by Károly Romwalter, a keen city-planner, at his own expense in 1876. On the first floor of the newer 23 meter high lookout tower, made of quarry-stone, there is a highly interesting exhibition introducing the activity of three natural scientists of European fame - Pál Kitaibel, Endre Gombocz and Zoltán Kárpáti - as well as the main characteristics of the Sopron Nature Conservation Area. From the upper two levels of the tower, a splendid view of Sopron can be enjoyed with the Szárhalmi forest in the background, and the shimmering water of Lake Fertő in the distance. The spectacular view is topped off by the silhouette of the Wienerwald on the left and the snowy mountain blocks of the Schneeberg on the right.