Bird's-eye view of Großer Arber
|Elevation||1,456 m (4,777 ft)|
|Prominence||1,031 m (3,383 ft)|
Großer Arber (German for Great Arber, Czech: Velký Javor) is the highest peak of the Bavarian-Bohemian-mountain ridge, with an elevation of 1,456 metres (4,777 ft). Although geographically belonging to the Bohemian Forest, it is often referred to as "King of the Bavarian Forest". It is one of Germany's most famous skiing resorts besides the Bavarian Alps.
As early as 1939, large parts of the area were put under protection, in order to save its uniqueness.
Großer Arber is the only peak of the Bavarian-Bohemian-Mountain Ridge above the climatic timberline.
On top were two military radar stations, built during the Cold War as the mountain is very close to the Czech border. They are still operational at a reduced scale, serving both civilian and military purposes.
Near the Großer Arber is a smaller mountain, the Kleiner Arber ("klein" = small).
In Czech Velký Javor means Great Maple.