Breiteberg as seen from the "Jonsdorfer Felsenstadt"
|Elevation||510 m (1,670 ft)|
|Parent range||Lausitzer Bergland|
The Breiteberg is a mountain in the Lausitzer Bergland in Free State of Saxony, Federal Republic of Germany, with an altitude of 510 metres (1,670 ft) above mean sea level. It is the local mountain of Hainewalde, and automobiles can reach it from the village in 30 min. Phonolite covers most of its surface.
Location and surroundings
The mountain has sparked many legends in the past few centuries. To name are the "Querxe", kind of twarfs said to have been living in the mountain, "Der Wilde Jäger auf dem Breitenberge" as well as "Der Drache auf dem Breitenberge".
1880, Johann Franz Vorknecht opened a summer restaurant on top of the Breiteberg. It is one of the area's oldest mountain restaurants (German: Bergbaude). 1936 the Dr.-Kurt-Heinke-Turm was constructed. It shall remind on a "verdienstvollen Kenner der Südoberlausitz".
1881 a monument for Frederick III, a German Emperor was built on the north side with the inscription "Learn to suffer without complaining" (German org: "Lerne leiden ohne zu klagen"). The monument, made of bronze on a stone plinth had an altitude of 5m and was created by the reputable company "Gladebeck und Sohn" from Berlin. The monument was removed in 1949, nowadays solely the stone plinth is left.
The top is wooded but the look-out provides a superb panoramic view in all directions towards the Lusatian and Zittauer Mountains, the Lausitzer Bergland, the Landeskrone nearby Görlitz, the Jizera Mountains, the Krkonoše and the Ještěd. The key for the look-out can be fetched from the restaurant.
Ways to the hilltop
Three ways lead to the hilltop, whereof two are illuminated. A bike path leads uphill from Bertsdorf which is also used for logistics of the restaurant. The "Martin-Köhler-Weg" from Hainewalde is for hikers.
- Querxloch (cave-like crevice)
- Querxenbrunnen (bordered spring)
- Dr.-Kurt-Heinke-Turm (13m look-out on the hilltop)