Fichtelberg Schwebebahn
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Fichtelberg

Facts and figures

Elevation: 

1214,79 m ü. NHN 1

Location:

Ore Mountain, Saxony, Germany

Latitude:

Longitude:

50.429444 north
12.954167 east

Mountain range:

Ore Mountain/Vogtland Nature Park

Geology: 

Muscovite slate

District:

Erzgebirgskreis

Average annual temperature:

3,0°C

Coldest month:

January (average: -5,1°C)

Hottest month:

July/August (average: 11,2°C)

Characteristics: 

the Fichtelberg is the highest mountain in Saxony

Summit buildings:

Fichtelberg House with an observation tower
Triangulation station
cable way/ Fichtelberg Schwebebahn Kurort Oberwiesenthal
Peace Bell

The Fichtelberg rises within the Central Ore Mountains in the Ore Mountains/Vogtland Nature Park around 1.5 kilometres north of the German-Czech border. At the southern foot of the mountain lies the highest town in Germany: the resort of Oberwiesenthal in the Pöhlbach valley. About 750 metres south-southwest is the less prominent subpeak of the Fichtelberg, known as the Kleiner Fichtelberg ("Little Fichtelberg") also called the Hinterer Fichtelberg ("Rear Fichtelberg"); 1,205.6 m).

About 4 kilometres south-southeast is the highest peak in the Ore Mountains: the Klínovec (Keilberg; 1,244 m) on the Czech side of the border. In the wet valley heads and raised bogs on the Fichtelberg, numerous streams have their sources. The most important of these is the River Zschopau.


On the Summit of the Fichtelberg stands the Fichtelberg House (Fichtelberghaus) with its observation tower, a weather station and a prominent triangulation station of the Royal Saxon Survey (Königlich-Sächsischen Triangulation) from 1864, where measurements of regional and national significance were carried out. The Fichtelberg Cable Car runs up the eastern slope of the mountain from Oberwiesenthal to a point near the summit.


On clear days, one can see to the mountains in the northern Czech Republic (the Central Bohemian Uplands, Lusatian Mountains, Jizera Mountains and Giant Mountains) and to the Bohemian Forest to the south. The area around Fichtelberg and the neighbouring Klínovec mountain is famous for winter sport facilities, providing many ski lifts and cross-country ski tracks.

Sources: 
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