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  • Maren Ingrid

    From the highest elevation of the Fichtelgebirge there is a comprehensive view of the Franconian and Thuringian Forest, Magpie and Ore Mountains and the Bavarian-Bohemian border mountains.

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    • March 19, 2017

  • Timber

    Das Backöfele (1051 m ü. NHN) ist ein ehemaliger Wartturm auf dem Schneeberg. Es wurde als Teil eines spätmittelalterlichen Verteidigungssystems im Markgraftum Brandenburg-Kulmbach errichtet.
    Markgraf Friedrich erließ 1498 eine Wartordnung, um sein Markgraftum Kulmbach zu schützen. Das ausgefeilte Beobachtungs- und Signalisierungssystem mit Wachposten in allen Teilen des Fürstentums diente der Vorwarnung bei Angriffen, sowohl bei Fehden als auch in Kriegszeiten. Das Backöfele war Teil dieses Systems. Vor 1498 war bereits ein hölzerner Turm vorhanden, der durch einen steinernen Rundturm ersetzt und mit zwei Wächtern bestückt wurde. Die Bezeichnung Backöfele soll im Dreißigjährigen Krieg aufgekommen sein, als in die Berge geflüchtete Bewohner der Gegend dort Brot gebacken haben sollen. Rudolf Thiem leitet den Namen vom Aussehen der Felsformation ab, wo eine Partie einem Schürloch ähnelt. Erst 1713 ist überliefert, dass der Turm verfallen ist. Johann Theodor Benjamin Helfrecht berichtet 1799 von Fundamentresten und herumliegenden Steinen. Der Maler Georg Könitzer zeichnete das Backöfele als Lithografie in seinem Themenkreis um das Fichtelgebirge. Die Steine des Turms dienten offenbar zur Errichtung einer Schutzhütte des Deutsch-Österreichischen Alpenvereins in unmittelbarer Nähe. Die Schutzhütte wurde schnell baufällig und 1904 an der Nordseite des Gipfels durch einen größeren Bau ersetzt. Der Turm wurde Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts vom Alpenverein als hölzerne Aussichtsplattform wiederhergestellt. Der heutige 14 m hohe Holzturm wurde 1926 vom nachfolgenden Fichtelgebirgsverein aus Eichenstämmen errichtet. Als Folge des Kalten Krieges konnte das Backöfele in den Nachkriegsjahren lange Zeit nicht betreten werden, da es sich innerhalb des militärischen Sperrgebietes auf dem Schneeberg befand. Seit August 1996 ist das Backöfele wieder zugänglich und liegt als Wanderziel am Höhenweg. Im Juli 2016 wurde der Turm wegen Baufälligkeit gesperrt. 90 Jahre hielt das Eichenholz der rauen Witterung auf dem Schneeberg stand. Im August 2017 war Richtfest für den Neubau des Aussichtsturmes, der genau so aussieht wie der alte Turm. Das Eichenholz stammt aus dem Forstbetrieb Forchheim und wurde von den Bayerischen Staatsforsten gespendet

    • July 1, 2019

  • Thorsten

    The Schneeberg is in the Fichtelgebirge thus also in Franconia the highest mountain with 1051 meters

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    • March 11, 2017

  • Timber

    Homestead of many animals that feel at home here in the rough nature. Always worth a hike. It is not without reason "the roof of Franconia"

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    • July 1, 2019

  • rob

    The highest mountain of the Fichtelgebirge with a beautiful view and an old radar station.

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    • October 17, 2017

  • Melanie

    In good weather you have a great view of the Fichtelgebirge. Although there is no restaurant to stop, but you can make yourself at a small rest area directly in front of the Backöfele (observation tower) comfortable. Up here, however, it can be quite fresh, so if possible take a jacket (annual average temperature according to Wikipedia 3.7 degrees).

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    • June 17, 2018

  • Harald Schramm (Schocker)

    The Schneeberg is 1051 m above sea level. NHN the highest mountain in the Fichtelgebirge. On the summit area is a rock castle with 14 m height on which the observation tower Backöfele stood. The Backöfele was / is made of oak wood and has defied almost 100 years of the weather on Schneeberg. Now it will be replaced by an exact replica.
    The old oven is now recycled and processed into boxes. An absolute rarity.
    Here you can read the history of the oven.Here are some impressions of the loading action and what we do out of the woods.Source and more information
    holzdesign-zaus.de/2017/10/01/das-backoefele

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    • August 18, 2019

  • Harald Schramm (Schocker)

    The Schneeberg is 1051 m above sea level. NHN the highest mountain in the Fichtelgebirge in northeastern Bavaria and at the same time the highest mountain in Franconia and northern Bavaria. Even from afar, you can see him on the former telecommunications tower of the Bundeswehr, a memorial to the Cold War. The summit area consists of a granite block sea and a rock castle on which stands the lookout tower Backöfele. Military buildings characterize the summit picture.

    Source and more information

    de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schneeberg_(Fichtelgebirge)

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    • August 18, 2019

  • rob

    The highest mountain in the Fichtelgebirge, beautiful view. Only accessible on foot or by bicycle. The street is closed to cars.

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    • August 8, 2017

  • Ronald Ledermüller

    Already opened again. Nature Park Fichtelgebirge juchee! No haze View into the Franconian, far to the Czech Republic and up to the Upper Palatinate Forest and the Ore Mountains. Terrific! Please stay on the paths! Here are the last grouse Northern Bavaria! Let her live - respect your limits!

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    • July 19, 2018

  • Marvin Flores

    The roof of Franconia. There are ascents via several paths

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    • July 1, 2019

  • Taz

    Super all-round view on the viewing platform!

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    • July 6, 2019

  • Harald Schramm (Schocker)

    The Luftwaffe had a 35 meter high wooden tower built in 1938, the purpose of which was considered secret. In 1942 it burned down for "inexplicable reasons". On November 14, 1951, US forces requisitioned part of the summit and erected various buildings and steel structures for antennas and parabolic mirrors. In 1961 the Bundeswehr took over the area of the summit adjacent to the north and had the telecommunications tower of telecommunications sector E built from 1963, which began operations in 1967. The mountain top was a restricted military area, the baking oven was now "locked in". After the end of the Cold War, the US armed forces left Schneeberg on April 30, 1992, and on March 31, 1993 the German armed forces ceased their military reconnaissance operations. The last soldier left the Schneeberg air defense position on June 30, 1994, and the properties were transferred to the Federal Property Administration. The former Bundeswehr tower was leased to the Mannesmann company (now Vodafone) for mobile radio purposes.Source and further information
    de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schneeberg_(Fichtelgebirge)

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    • January 31, 2021

  • Harald Schramm (Schocker)

    Several thousand years ago, the Schneeberg was supposed to have been higher than the Alps.
    Ice, rain and wind have made him crippled, hence the rocky seas.
    Hard to imagine what nature can do

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    • August 19, 2019

  • rob

    Very narrow path through the undergrowth to get to the Schneeberg summit. An alternative to the wide forest path.

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    • June 16, 2017

  • Chris M

    Good place for the snack 🍻

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    • May 4, 2019

  • Kerb45

    In addition to the Ochsenkopf the Schneeberg is also worth a hike. You can enjoy a great view here.

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    • June 12, 2019

  • Fabian 🚴‍♂️💨

    now it shines in new splendor on the Schneeberg. The new version now climbs much safer than the old tower :)
    the view is awesome!

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    • April 11, 2020

  • Armin Bock©️

    Very interesting location with a wooden lookout tower and somewhat gruesome former military facility.

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    • April 29, 2020

  • Florian

    With 1055m the Schneeberg is the highest elevation in the further elevation. Definitely worth a trip

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    • May 19, 2020

  • Armin Bock©️

    Fantastic and at the same time a little scary through the listening post.

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    • June 21, 2020

  • Jan

    Nice viewing platform, something different.
    However, you should be free from giddiness.
    I am missing something about history, unfortunately only a table of the last innovators.

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    • June 23, 2020

  • Stephanie

    Great viewpoint with a good view of the region. In good weather you have a nice view.

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    • June 26, 2020

  • Nicole 🥾

    The Backöfele is a popular observation tower on the Schneeberg in the district of Wunsiedel and its name goes back to the Thirty Years War. From him you have a wonderful foresight.

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    • September 29, 2020


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Location: Weißenstadter Forst-Süd, Wunsiedel im Fichtelgebirge, Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany

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