In the year 1380 duke Otto the Evil gave the right to create ditches around the city of Göttingen to protect its borders and the people within. In addition to this protective system called Landwehr in German it was allowed to erect free-standing towers (Bergfriede) on mountains and fortifications (Warten) next to roads to control who is entering or leaving the city.
The Rieswarte close to the city quarter Nikolausberg is part of this system and once secured the road leading towards the Harz mountains. Today you can see a restored short tower created from 1438 on and stonewalls surrounding the area. It is now a rest and picnic area especially for hikers – from there you can access the castle Plesse as well as the Hünstollenturm. And both destinations a very well worth a visit!