Storchenturm Lahr

Stork Tower

The Stork Tower is all that remains of Tiefburg castle, which was built by the lords of Geroldseck in around 1220. The castle was the beginning of the settlement of Lahr, which was granted city status in 1278.

Following destruction in the 17th and 18th century, it was purchased by the city in the second half of the 18th century, and demolished. The Stork Tower itself served as a prison until 1862. The name of one of the prison wardens is still etched above the entrance to the tower. On the outside walls, there are numerous stonemason's marks in the ashlar masonry. The windows in the north and east walls still point to the former 'Palas' (the residential part of the castle).

Inside the Stork Tower, information boards provide details about the lords of Geroldseck, the history of the castle's construction, and the city's development.


Opening hours (June to October)

Tuesday to Sunday

3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Special opening times for groups by arrangement.




Entrance is free of charge.



Stadtarchiv und Museum
Rathausplatz 4
77933 Lahr

Tel.: +49 (0)7821 / 910-04 16
Fax: +49 (0)7821 / 910-74 16