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Krušné Hory View Towers

The Zita View Tower

The Blatenský Hill (1 043 m ASL) is a cumulus-shaped and wooded mountain located in the cadastral area Potůčky. The hill is composed of granite of the so-called Blatná Massif. The tin ore deposits, which had already been mined since the Middle Ages, are bound to the granite. The main mine located there was Wolfgang, which already operated in 1532. The so-called Vlčí (“Wolf”) and Ledové (“Ice”) jámy, which are now located on its grounds, formed because of the combination of surface and underground mining of the Wolfgang and George greisen veins. The Laurent drainage gallery, which saddled the mine underground, had been driven by the town since 1749. The nature trail, which ends in Horní Blatná, leads to these unique historical mining sights.

The Wolf Pit (Foto Michal Urban)

The lookout tower on the Blatenský Hill is the youngest of the four observation towers in the central Krušné hory Mts. The Association of Winter Sports of Horní Blatná, which wanted to develop a tourist and ski resort near the town at the beginning of the 20th century, was instrumental in getting the tower built. Its construction, executed according to the design of Cheb architect Karl Matusch, was commenced in 1912. The opening ceremony of the mountain hotel along with its restaurant and the lookout tower already took place on 5 July of the following year, before the beginning of the winter season. The tower was named Zita’s view in honour of the Archduchess and last Austrian Empress Zita Bourbon-Parma.

The Blatenský Hill 100 years ago

Zita Maria delle Grazie of Bourbon-Parma

The mountain hotel, which was very popular, was enlarged by the addition of a hall in 1927. After World War II, the building was ruined while being occupied by the border patrol forces. The hotel and restaurant had to be torn down and only the free-standing stone lookout tower remained – a memento and memory of the past. The twenty-one meter tall tower is built of stone and wood. The 85 step climb to the top is rewarded by a circular view of the highest peaks of the Krušné hory – Klínovec (with its observation tower and television transmitter), Fichtelberg, Božídarský Špičák and also the Plešivec and Tisovský vrch (both with observation towers).

Winter sport centre Blatenský Hill 100 years ago

GPS position

N 50° 24.011', E 12° 46.896'