The best attractions of the Fichtelgebirge: from nature to culture

Getting to know an entire region on vacation is not always easy: the areas are often too large, the distances too far. In order not to miss anything in northeastern Bavaria in the Fichtelgebirge and really take every adventure with you, there is our wish list with the best attractions in the Fichtelgebirge.

Schneeberg: the highest mountain in the Fichtelgebirge

Where Fichtelgebirge says, there are peaks. At 1051 meters, the Schneeberg is the highest mountain in the Fichtelgebirge. Together with his little brother, the Ochsenkopf at 1024 meters, it is not only an important excursion destination, but also tells an exciting story.

Schneeberg is the highest mountain in the Fichtelgebirge.

On the mountain massif stands an ancient telecommunications tower, which is a remnant of the Cold War. After World War II, US forces captured part of the summit. In 1963 the telecommunication tower of the telecommunication sector E, also known as “The Ear of the East”, was erected.

From up there, the Bundeswehr and the US military have been eavesdropping on the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. Today the summit of Schneeberg is freely accessible. Those who reach the top can climb the Backöfele, a 14-meter-high wooden tower built in 1926. The name was born because refugees fleeing the Thirty Years War prepared bread here.

Ochsenkopf: The mountain of action

While on the Schneeberg it is always quiet, as there are no restaurants or cable cars, on the Ochsenkopf there is always something to do. From the south and north, take the cable car up to the Ochsenkopf. On the summit there is a restaurant, a lookout tower and a broadcasting tower of the Bavarian Radio. The latter is responsible for the fact that the Ochsenkopf was called “the ear to the west”. At that time, the Bayerischer Rundfunk increased its frequency so that people in the GDR could listen to West Radio, which had been banned.

Once upon a time, the Bayerischer Rundfunk increased its frequency on the Ochsenkopf so that people in the GDR could listen to Western radio.

If you want to see the Fichtelgebirge mountains including Schneeberg and Ochsenkopf in a panorama, you should go to Röslau in the Wunsiedel district. There is the view of the twelve peaks, where you can see all twelve peaks of the Fichtelgebirge at 602 meters.

Kösseine: summit with double top

The mountain with the most striking peak of the Fichtelgebirge is clearly the Kösseine: it is 940 meters high and has a double peak with the Kleine Kösseine and the Große Kösseine. A trip is worth not only for the view, but also for the vast sea of ​​granite blocks, which covers an area of ​​15.8 hectares and is a nature reserve.

The sea of ​​granite blocks on the Kösseine in the Fichtelgebirge.

Exciting: the European watershed between the North Sea and the Black Sea crosses the Kösseine mountain range. At the top you can stop at the Kösseinehaus, built by the Fichtelgebirge Association in 1898 and is today the oldest mountain-top inn in the Fichtelgebirge.

Luisenburg rock labyrinth: sea of ​​granite stone

You will discover an exciting superlative in the Fichtelgebirge in Wunsiedel: there is the largest granite sea in Europe! The “Luisenburg rock labyrinth” was created over the centuries. Huge boulders stand next to each other and pile up on each other, forming caves and gorges. Its rounded shape is interesting: it was formed over time due to atmospheric agents and erosion.

The Luisenburg Rock Labyrinth is the largest sea of ​​granite stone in Europe.

Today you walk through the largest rock labyrinth in Europe, learn a lot about the geology of the region, and enjoy fantastic views, as it constantly climbs. The magical landscape took its name from the Prussian queen Luise, who arrived there in 1805 and rejoiced at the rocky labyrinth calling it the “true Eden”.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was also enthusiastic and wrote: “The enormous size of the masses of granite that fell on each other without any order, trace or direction is a sight that I have never seen anywhere else in my voyage”.

Erika Fuchs House: Duckburg in the middle of the Fichtel Mountains

The next special show in the Fichtelgebirge is in Schwarzenbach an der Saale. Here you go to Duckburg, because the Erika-Fuchs-Haus is a museum for comics and linguistic art and the only museum of comics in Germany. But who was Erika Fuchs? She was born in Munich, she lived for a long time in the Fichtel mountains and translated Mickey’s brochures into German from 1951 to 1988.

The “Erika-Fuchs-Haus” is the only museum of comics in Germany.

But their work was not just translations. Erika Fuchs revolutionized the German language and created, for example, shortened verbs at the root of the word, such as “stöhn”, “ächz”, “grübel”, which everyone knows from comics. The Erika-Fuchs-Haus with a colorful and interactive exhibition has been there since 2015. If you want, you can put comics to music, play comic pantomimes or take a bath with Scrooge McDuck in his money basket.

Mödlareuth: The divided village

One of the most famous villages in Germany is located in the Fichtel mountains. Why: Mödlareuth is known as the divided village. As Germany was divided into four occupation zones after World War II along the old national borders of the German Reich, the village was divided. The dividing line ran between Mödlareuth-Ost in the Soviet occupation zone and Mödlareuth-West in the American occupation zone.