The Saxon Switzerland National Park. A place where you can't stop being amazed. Huge, jagged rocks, deep gorges. In between, there are paths that lead you through the rock labyrinth and up to lofty heights.
Breathtaking views await upstairs - and the realization that even a short visit can turn into a great adventure. Here we have put together a few classics and real insider tips for you, have fun exploring.
You can find all information about the Saxon Switzerland National Park at nationalpark-saechsische-schweiz.de
What is a "forest shower"? The forest people used to call the "Husche" a slide made of logs, on which the cut logs "scurried" from the mountain slopes in the valley.The Waldhusche in Saxon Switzerland is a story-telling outdoor area where children and adults can experience everything about forest management and the natural processes in the forest up close.Perhaps you will even come across a little forest spirit scurrying between the trees?
The starting point is the Porschdorf stop or the parking lot at Polenztal in Porschdorf. This is where our path (blue line) begins into the Tiefen Grund. The path meanders along the Tiefen Grundbach, sometimes up and back down to the creek. Later we branch off to the left and hike (blue line) up the fire steps. About 850 steps and 150 strenuous vertical meters lie between the Tiefen Grund near Porschdorf and the rocky plateau high up. The area has been called “fire” since the plateau, including the surrounding forests, was on fire in the 18th century. We walk on historical paths. The fire steps are part of the classic route of the Malerweg through Saxon Switzerland. The artists were attracted by the dramatic nature of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains: bizarre rock sculptures, clammy green gorges and lofty table mountains left deep impressions and subsequent works were created.After the ascent, we continue towards Brandbaude - here we are on the edge of the slope. As if on a balcony, only the railing separates us from the land, the table mountains in the distance and the deep canyon of the Polenz below us. The fire view is one of the most beautiful views in Saxon Switzerland. The historical ensemble of the Brand-Baude consists of a restaurant, accommodation and national park information point.From here we walk a little on Brandstrasse (blue line) and soon branch off to the left following the red line marking, down the Schulzengrund into the Polenztal. In the valley we turn left (red dot) and we stay on the river side to get back to the starting point.The tour is suitable for both children and dogs.Starting and ending point:
Hp. Porschdorf (U28 direction Rumburk from Bad Schandau National Park Station) or Porschdorf car park
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A very nice hike in Uttewalder Grund along the Malerweg in the Saxon Switzerland National Park with the Uttewalder Felsentor as a highlight.The grounds in the Wehlen bastion area impress with wild romance and all varieties of green that can only exist. Due to the humid climate, the vegetation is diverse and you are guaranteed to discover things that you have never seen before.
Have you ever consciously looked at the ground you step on during your hikes?
We all perceive it as the underground on which we stand and build, but very few know what it can do with it.On this educational trail you get an insight into the world of the soil and its direct connections with the flora. In close proximity you will get to know different types of soil and their potential uses.
Go on a little journey "underground"!
Waterfalls, high cliffs, fairytale hiking trails. Short and sweet it goes up to the Neuer Wildenstein. There is so much to discover up there in a very small space - you almost forget to enjoy the impressive view.After the cowshed and Schneiderloch have been explored, it goes gently down into the bottom and over the Räumigtweg to the Beuthenfall with its ruins from bygone times.
The starting point is the parking lot or the oak bus stop in Hohnstein. We walk past the playground, down into the village and at the town hall to the left (following the signs to Gautschgrotte). The small road leads into the forest and we now follow the green line and slash (nature trail sign). It goes at almost the same height along the rocks. After a few minutes we take a detour to the left to the Gautsch grotto.The Gautsch grotto is one of the most famous layer joint caves in Saxon Switzerland. It owes its name to Karl Gautsch, who fought for democratic rights during the German Revolution of 1848/1849. The riot was suppressed militarily in 1849. Karl Gautsch was sentenced to 20 years in prison for participating in the uprising.Back from the detour to the grotto, we continue hiking. Later, the terrain widens a little, we take a detour to the left to the thief's cave.We hike slightly uphill and keep right at the next fork in the road (green line). After some time we come to an intersection with a red line, we follow this sign for a short distance to the left / straight ahead and turn right at the next intersection (green line and slanted green line). Soon a wide, unmarked path branches off to the left, we turn into this and continue hiking. We cross a wide hiking trail, pass the Waldborn, cross the Brandstrasse (wide forest path with a blue line) and hike slightly uphill to the edge of the forest. Here we meet a path (green line) and branch off to the left. It goes along the edge of the forest, then we turn right (following the signs) across a meadow to the Napoleonschanze.The Napoleonschanze (Schanzenberg) is an artificial earth wall up to 4 meters high, which had to be built in 1813 by the residents of the Hohnstein-Lohmen Office under the most difficult conditions in order to secure the Napoleonstrasse from the Königstein Fortress to Stolpen Castle. One day after completion, the French army moved into the position. There followed costly battles on both sides of the war opponents. After Austria allied itself with the Russians and Prussians against the French and Saxon troops in August 1813, Napoleon's defeat was sealed with the Battle of Leipzig.After visiting this place steeped in history, we continue to hike (green line) downhill, pass the outdoor pool and keep to the left when we arrive at the road.The tour is suitable for children and dogs.Arrival by public transport:
With S1 to Pirna, there with bus 237 (direction Sebnitz) to Eiche, Hohnstein.Arrival by car:
Parking is available at the roadside or at the Eiche car park (day ticket: € 5) in Hohnstein.
The Königstein Fortress is one of the classic excursion destinations in Saxon Switzerland, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. We want to conquer the fortress, which was once considered impregnable, on foot. This hike offers the opportunity to combine a tour of the Königstein Fortress and immersion in its 800-year history with a varied hike.