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On the Upper Lusatian mountain trail over extinct volcanoes

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On the Upper Lusatian mountain trail over extinct volcanoes

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5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

73.1 mi

8,550 ft

8,675 ft

Your gaze sweeps across the evenly formed mountains in the distance as you walk along the lonely field path. Just a short while ago in dense forest, but as soon as the trees have opened the view, the landscape changes. The trail leads you along the Czech border, mountains and pastures over there, on the German side you will soon discover dramatic rock faces rising above the dense treetops. Follow the path uphill and on top of the Nonnenfelsen you will find a magnificent view over a picturesque mountain landscape.

Untouched forests, unique mountain ridges and small villages in the densely populated, narrow valleys form the landscape of Upper Lusatia. This is where the Lusatian highlands meet the Zittau Mountains and form an idyllic low mountain range landscape. The Oberlausitzer Bergweg leads you over the most beautiful mountain ranges and through the most scenic villages. In the small settlements, there are countless well-preserved local half-timbered houses, old farmhouses that can only be found here.

The mountain trail consists of nine daily stages and on the 120-kilometre-long route between Neukirch and Zittau you will climb some 2,600 metres uphill. Along the route you will find numerous historical inns, cosy mountain huts and small hotels. Thanks to the train, bus and especially the Zittau Steam Locomotive Railway, all departure and arrival points are easy to reach. So you can easily plan single stages as daytrips or just select individual stages for your multi-day hike. Pack your backpack and let the Zittau Mountains take you on a charming journey back in time to the last centuries.

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Oberlausitzer Bergweg

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7,825 ft

8,025 ft

Last updated: December 9, 2021

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  • Difficult
    06:29
    14.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage is a worthy prelude to your hike through the mountainous landscape of Upper Lusatia.

    

    You start your tour at the station Neukirch Lausitz (West) and climb up to the Valtenberg. Here you are still in the landscape of the Lusatian Highlands and the Valtenberg is the highest peak. Once at

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  • Difficult
    05:20
    11.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your second hiking day starts in idyllic Sohland. You follow the upper reaches of the Spree a bit and climb steeply behind the reservoir to the summit of Kälbersteine. The trail leads you past massive rock formations, which are up here between the trees in the forest.

    

    The mountain trail continues along

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    11.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,075 ft
    950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your third day starts in the small town Neusalza-Spremberg. Passing the rider's house, the mountain path leads you up to the Kuhberg and then runs at a constant height over forest paths and forest roads.

    

    Away from the small and numerous villages, your tour today only through dense forests, only occasionally

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  • Difficult
    07:18
    15.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,300 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the fourth day a real mountain stage awaits you. First it goes on the mountain still cozy from Eibau on Muhlendorf Oderwitz over. In the past there were numerous windmills and water mills, but today there are three lovingly restored windmills left over. The large historic watermill is still in operation

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  • Difficult
    04:19
    8.78 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Your fifth stage will take you through the most beautiful landscapes of the Zittau Mountains.

    

    The Oberlausitzer Bergweg leads you first on comfortable ways to the famous Nonnenfelsen. The elongated sandstone ridge rises here out of the forest and the name-giving pinnacle appears in the form of three nuns

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    11.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your last leg takes you from Oybin through dense forest to Scharfenstein. The strikingly shaped rocky summit has also given the mountain the name "Oberlausitzer Matterhorn". From up here you have a great view of Oybin, the village of the same name and the cliffs of the Ant Hill.

    

    If you've had enough

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    73.1 mi
  • Duration
    33:37 h
  • Elevation
    8,550 ft8,675 ft

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