Upper Palatine Forest

The Upper Palatine Forest (German: Oberpfälzer Wald German pronunciation  or Böhmischer Wald, Czech: Český les, "Bohemian Forest") is a mountain range in Central Europe that is divided between Germany and the Czech Republic. It is part of the larger Bohemian Massif and the German Central Uplands.

Upper Palatinate Forest
View to Mt. Velký Zvon
Highest point
PeakČerchov (Schwarzkopf)
Elevation3,419 ft (1,042 m)
Geography
CountriesGermany and Czech Republic
States/ProvincesBavaria and Bohemia
Parent rangeCentral Uplands
Bohemian Massif
Geology
OrogenyVariscan
Type of rockMetamorphic Gneiss, Granite and Serpentinite rocks

Geography

The German side belongs to the Upper Palatinate region of Bavaria, it stretches about 100 km (330,000 ft) from the Bavarian Forest in the south up to the Fichtel Mountains and the Steinwald range in the north. However, the highest peaks of the range lie along the eastern Czech side in the Plzeň Region of western Bohemia, northwest of the Bohemian Forest. The southern rim runs from the Cham and Furth Basin across the border to the Všeruby (Neumark) mountain pass, which is part of the Main European Watershed. The other end is marked by Waldsassen, the northernmost town of the Upper Palatinate.

The Mittelgebirge range is a mountainous solid mass, its highest point being at an altitude of 1,042 m (3,419 ft). Prominent rocks include the Wolfenstein and the Parkstein hill. Once a mining area for iron and gold, the uplands feature many steep valleys, medieval castle ruins and numerous hiking trails. It is a popular destination for recreation.

Rivers rising in the Upper Palatinate Forest include

Highest peaks

German nameCzech name Height (m)Height (ft)State/RegionCountry
SchwarzkopfČerchov1,042 3,419PlzeňCzech Republic
Skalka1,005 3,297PlzeňCzech Republic
LangenfelsDlouhá skála969 3,179PlzeňCzech Republic
TillenbergDyleň939 3,081Karlovy VaryCzech Republic
FichtenfelsSmrčí935 3,068PlzeňCzech Republic
Entenbühl901 2,956BavariaGermany
Weingartenfels896 2,940BavariaGermany
Großer RabenbergHavran894 2,933PlzeňCzech Republic
Signalberg888 2,913BavariaGermany
Reichenstein874 2,867BavariaGermany
PlattenbergVelký Zvon856 2,808PlzeňCzech Republic
Frauenstein835 2,740BavariaGermany
Schellenberg829 2,720BavariaGermany
Stückstein808 2,651BavariaGermany
Steinberg802 2,631BavariaGermany
Fahrenberg801 2,628BavariaGermany
Schwarzwihrberg / Schloßberg706 2,316BavariaGermany
Johannisberg605 1,985BavariaGermany

Towns and municipalities

Towns

Municipalities

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