As indicated in the previous photo, I was surprised to step out of miles of forest to see this vista. In fact, looking up the location on Google maps, I am even more surprised. At the time of the Google satellite pictures, the valley was still being mined. The other surprise is that I was unknowingly standing on the frontier. The viewing platform is German, but all the valley is French.
Built in 1786, after one of several waves of refugees of Huguenot Protestants escaping persecution in Catholic France. The French family names remain in the village, but the French language and the Huguenot traditions have died out.