High Above the Blue at Hochblauen

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Alamanicus is having a short break from history this week with a trip to the Hochblauen ("High Blue"), a peak in the southern Black Forest. The Hochblauen is a short drive south east from Müllheim/Badenweiler, and accessible entirely by road (including by bus from Kandern). It rises nearly 700m (c.2300ft) above the Rhine plain, and 1165m (3822ft) above sea level, and is popular with hikers, mountain-bikers, and parascenders. The peak offers fantastic views of the Black Forest, the Rhine plain with glimpses of the Rhine winding through like a silver ribbon, the Vosges - the forested mountain range in France that is the twin of the German Black Forest, and northern Switzerland - on a good day one can even spy the Alps rising far to the south. A 21m (nearly 70ft) observation tower built in 1895 is worth the 50 cent entrance fee for its grand all round views, and the Hochblauen Berghotel cafe terrace (open Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00) is a great place to sit with beer and cake whilst the sun disappears into France.

Getting There

Hochblauen is in the south western Black Forest, a short well-signposted drive south east of Müllheim and Badenweiler. From Müllheim take the L132 road towards Badenweiler. As this road passes west then south of Badenweiler turn left onto the L140 itself, then onto the K4948/6314 which winds its way through the forest all the way to the peak. Visitors who find themselves in the villages of Kandern or Malsberg-Marzell can also take a bus direct to the peak.
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Alamanicus is wandering his old Alemanni haunts, revisiting the places where once he used to drink, carouse, and beat up the odd Roman legionnaire or two. Things have moved on since his day, and the old Alemanni country now lies across south west Germany, French Alsace, and northern Switzerland. Cut through by the mighty Rhine, it is an area of great beauty, and a lot has happened there since Alamanicus last walked this land.


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