Großer Arber (German for Great Arber, Czech: Velký Javor) is the highest peak of the Bavarian-Bohemian-mountain ridge, with an elevation of 1,455.5 metres (4,775 ft). Although geographically belonging to the Bohemian Forest, it is often referred to as "King of the Bavarian Forest". It is one of Germany's most famous skiing resorts besides the Bavarian Alps.
Großer Arber and the woodlands down to Bayerisch Eisenstein are in the possession of the Prince of Hohenzollern.
As early as 1939, large parts of the area were put under protection, in order to save its uniqueness.
Großer Arber is the only peak of the Bavarian-Bohemian-Mountain Ridge above the climatic timberline.
On top were two military radar stations, built during the Cold War as the mountain is very close to the Czech border. They are still operational at a reduced scale, serving both civilian and military purposes.
Near the Großer Arber is a smaller mountain, the Kleiner Arber ("klein" = small).
In Czech Velký Javor means Great Maple.
There's a hiking trail (T1) leading to the summit. Großer Arber is one of the 143 peaks along the multi-day Goldsteig.
The nearest mountain hut is Zwieseler Hütte located 62m/203ft SW of the summit.
By elevation Großer Arber is
# 1 out of 16 in Wildschutzgebiet für Auerwild "Arber" # 1 out of 2 in Großer Arber und Arberseewand # 1 out of 288 in Naturpark Bayerischer Wald # 1 out of 139 in Landkreis Regen # 13 out of 23540 in the Bohemian Ranges
By prominence Großer Arber is
# 1 out of 16 in Wildschutzgebiet für Auerwild "Arber" # 9 out of 8134 in Bavaria # 1 out of 2 in Großer Arber und Arberseewand # 1 out of 288 in Naturpark Bayerischer Wald # 9 out of 37308 in Germany # 1 out of 139 in Landkreis Regen # 2 out of 23540 in the Bohemian Ranges
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