Duke Ernst II of Saxony-Gotha-Altenburg had in 1772 on the summit a small station for astronomical observations to build, which burned down in 1796. In 1852, a stone observation tower was built, but it has not survived. During the Second World War, the Schneekopf had a function in air reconnaissance in central Germany. In 1945 he was first occupied by US troops, then by the Red Army. In 1946, a hurricane led to windbreak damage so severe that the summit has since been clear of trees (Wikipedia).
December 27, 2018
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