The crater is named for the town of Nördlingen, located 6 kilometers southwest of the impact center. As you drive to Nördlingen from any direction, you crest over the crater's ridge before descending into the bowl-like valley. A climb of the Daniel tower in the town affords great views of the crater rim encircling the the region. The tower itself was constructed in the 15th century from suevite impact breccia, a type of rock found only in the impact zones of a meteor.
The Rieskrater-Museum in Nördlingen is a well-organized exhibition of the crater's history and geology. It is worth the 4.50€ admission to gain a better understanding of the crater from displays in both German and English.
|The Daniel Tower of Nördlingen|