Blauen (Badenweiler)

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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)
Blauen is located in Baden-Württemberg
Location within Germany
Location Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Range Black Forest
Coordinates 47°46′39″N 07°42′4″E / 47.77750°N 7.70111°E / 47.77750; 7.70111Coordinates: 47°46′39″N 07°42′4″E / 47.77750°N 7.70111°E / 47.77750; 7.70111[1]
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.

Variation A of the "Westweg", a long distance trail maintained by the Schwarzwaldverein, leads over the Blauen.[2] At the top there is an inn with a hotel.[3]

On the Blauen stands a 21 Metre high metal lattice observation tower, built in 1895 by the Schwarzwaldverein.[4]

Southeast of the Hochblauen is the Stockberg castle ruins, the highest (in elevation) castle in Baden-Württemberg.[5]

Transmission Tower[edit]

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.[6] 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 (106.0 FM/8,4 kW). The tower is also used by the amateur radio repeater DB0YE.[7]

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.


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