The 31m high tower was built on the Westerberg between 1907 and 1912 by the then just created Bismarck society.
It was an expression of patriotic feelings and a counterpart of the Niederwald-monument at Rüdesheim, erected in 1871. The architect Wilhelm Kreis from Eltville created an edifice combining art nouveau and neo-Romanism. This style became a pattern for similar monuments of Bismarck adoration elsewhere in the empire. Rough hewed regional limestone blocks give the tower a defensive character. Inside an iron stairway leads to the panorama platform which opens to a broad view over the city and across the Rhine up to the Taunus mountains.
In the pre-Christmas period, the Bismarck Tower is transformed into an oversized Advent candle, which can be seen far into the Rheingau in the evening.