The Hochblauen as seen from Badenweiler on an old postcard (ca. 1900)
|Elevation||1,165 m (3,822 ft)|
|Prominence||813 m (2,667 ft)|
|Easiest route||Drive K160 (Kandertalstraße) through Marzell or L140 through Friedrichsheim|
The Blauen or Hochblauen is a 1,165-metre-high mountain in the southern Black Forest. The peak lies within the municipalities of Schliengen and Malsburg-Marzell in Landkreis Lörrach and the community of Badenweiler in LandkreisBreisgau-Hochschwarzwald. It is an ideal viewpoint with views of the Black Forest, Vosges, Jura Mountains, and the Alps.
Also at the peak stands a 93-metre-high Deutsche Telekom VHF and microwave radio relay tower. The tower is a reinforced concrete Typenturm, built in 1985. The following radio stations are broadcast from this tower: SWR1 Baden-Württemberg (89.2 FM/8.4 kW), SWR2 (92.6 FM/8.4 kW), SWR3 (97.0 FM/8,4 kW), Deutschlandfunk (105.1 FM/10 kW), Radio Regenbogen (101.1 FM/8,4 kW) und baden.fm (106.0 FM/8,4 kW). The tower is also used by the amateur radio repeater DB0YE.
The tower serves mainly the southern Upper Rhine valley as well as a large portion of the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald and Lörrach rural districts. The stations transmitted from the Blauen are also easily received in northwestern Switzerland. Until the end of the 1980s the former SWF broadcast could be heard well beyond the Vosges mountains to the west. Since then the power of the transmissions toward France have been limited by international agreements.
View from the Hochblauen over the Rhine valley
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