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Hochwald or Gvozd is one of the highest mountains in the system of the Luzhitsky Mountains. On the mountain passes the border between the Czech Republic and Germany. The German name of the mountain comes from the impassable forest that once grew on it. The first tourist climbing the mountain took place in the first half of the XVIII century. In 1787, local residents built stone steps on the Saxon side of the mountain, which are still in use. In 1834, a cross was installed on the south side of the summit. In 1879, the Globus Zittau border partnership erected a 10-meter observation tower near the Austro-German border. At the end of the 19th century, construction of houses and taverns for tourists began on both sides of the border at the top of the mountain, with the result that by the middle of the 20th century it was completely built up.
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