The tower in neo-Gothic style was built in the years 1831-1833 by the owner of the neighbouring manor in Dittersbach, Johann Gottlob von Quandt. He was a great admirer of Goethe, to whom this building is dedicated. This is particularly visible in the frescoes inside, which depict motifs from the ballads The Singer, The Fisherman, The Erlkönig, Geistesgruß, The King in Thule, and from the tale of the Green Serpent. Gottfried Semper provided the designs for these.
The park, which was laid out at that time, is unfortunately only partially preserved.
The viewing platform offers a wide panoramic view of the Eastern Erz Mountains, Saxon Switzerland, Stolpen and Upper Lusatia.