At a height of 1,448.2 m above sea level (NHN)[1] the Seebuck is the second highest mountain the Black Forest after the Feldberg[2] It is located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

The Feldberg (left) and Seebuck (right), between them is the Grüble; seen from the Belchen
Highest point
Elevation1,448 m above sea level (NHN) (4,751 ft)
Prominence29 m ↓ Grüble
Isolation0.65 km
Coordinates47°51′52″N 8°01′20″E / 47.86444°N 8.02222°E / 47.86444; 8.02222Coordinates: 47°51′52″N 8°01′20″E / 47.86444°N 8.02222°E / 47.86444; 8.02222
Parent rangeBlack Forest


The Seebuck from the Grüble to the northwest
The Seebuck from the southeast
The Seebuck from the northeast

The mountain rises in the Southern Black Forest immediately southeast of the Feldberg, of which it is sometimes considered a part because both mountains are part of the same ridge, only separated by a shallow depression called the Grüble or Feldberg Saddle (Feldbergsattel).

The Seebuck drops steeply eastwards into the Feldsee lake, through which the Seebach flows, a stream that is later called the Gutach and then the Wutach. The Felsenweg ("Rock Path") which runs from the summit area down the steep mountainside to the Feldsee is only suitable for hikers with robust footwear and sure-footedness, but is very attractive thanks to its varied route and views of the Feldsee below.


Feldberg TowerEdit

The Feldberg Tower (Feldbergturm) is located on the Seebuck. This is a former transmission tower that now acts as an observation tower and, since 2013, has housed a ham museum.[3]


The mountain is a popular destination for day trippers. The car park at the foot of the Seebuck is the base for numerous walks to the nearby ridge (to the Feldberg, Stübenwasen and Notschrei, to the Toter Mann, to the Herzogenhorn or to Hinterzarten), as well as walks to the nearby valleys (Menzenschwand valley, Wiese, St. Wilhelm's Valley, Zastler valley).


Bismarck monument on the Seebuck

In the summit area of the Seebuck on the edge of the Feldsee bowl is a Bismarck monument made of rubble stone, and on which is a portrait medallion, that was built between 1895 and 1896 by Fridolin Dietsche.[4] The relief was cast by Wilhelm Pelargus in Stuttgart, the first sketch was made by Karlsruhe professor, Karl Gagel (1861–1916).[5][6] For its unveiling on 4 October 1896 the committee for the erection of the monument sent Otto von Bismarck a telegramme. His answer was printed in the Freiburger Zeitung:

I am very grateful for the high honour, that has been bestowed on me with the erection of the monument on the Feldberg and from previous visits to the Black Forest have vivid memories to the beautiful Baden countryside.

— Otto von Bismarck[7]

The occasion itself celebrated with a banquet on the evening before and an official lunch on the day of the opening ceremony. To handle the numbers of festival guests, a special train ran from Freiburg nach Titisee on the Höllental Railway.[8]

On September 2009 the monument was renovated, the first time for eleven years.[9]

On the edge of the large car park at the foot of the Seebuck (near the Feldberger Hof) a nature conservation centre for the Southern Black Forest was built, the "House of Nature" (Haus der Natur). A little below it, above the federal road is the highest church in Germany: the Catholic parish church of the Transfiguration of Christ.


  1. ^ Map services of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
  2. ^ Seebuck, retrieved 25 January 2011. If the Baldenweger Buck is counted, the Seebuck is the third highest.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2015-06-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), retrieved 22 July 2013
  4. ^ Heinz Schmitt (ed.): Denkmäler, Brunnen und Freiplastiken in Karlsruhe 1715–1945. 2n edition, publication by the Karlsruhe City Archive 7, Karlsruhe, 1989, ISBN 3-7617-0264-7
  5. ^ Geschichte: Künstler Karl Gagel vor 150 Jahren geboren, city newspaper dated 18 February 2011, retrieved 17 Juli 2011
  6. ^ Article in the Freiburger Zeitung dated 6 October 1896, retrieved 17 July 2011
  7. ^ Freiburger Zeitung dated 7 October 1896, retrieved 30 December 2010
  8. ^ Announcement in the Freiburger Zeitung dated 2 October 1896, retrieved 8 January 2011
  9. ^ Feldberg: Kein Blick auf Bismarck, 26 September 2009, retrieved 30 May 2010

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