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Most beautiful paths through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

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Most beautiful paths through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Hiking Collection by Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz

13

Tours

33:27 h

72.3 mi

8,500 ft

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains have much more to offer than the Bastei Bridge: The further you venture into the narrow valleys and into the heart of the Saxon Switzerland National Park, the more lonely the paths and paths and the more pristine nature becomes. Sometimes you follow creeks and rivers through canyon-like valleys, sometimes it goes on steep paths up to the promising table mountains and again and again you see the gently flowing Elbe, which has so unmistakably left its mark on the region.

Our national park guides present you their favorite tours in this collection. It goes through the Uttewalder Grund and through the Polenztal, to venerable castles, through the Schwedenlöcher, along the course of the Kirnitzsch and of course up to numerous promising rock towers. And of course, a detour to the world-famous Bastei Bridge and the striking Schrammstein view should not be missing in the collection!

Leave the narrowness of the city with us and go to the most beautiful places in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. What are you waiting for?

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:15
    6.64 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,150 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The tour starts at the train station in Wehlen. You take the ferry across to the other side of the Elbe and climb up to Wehlen Castle. Then you follow the marking red point through the Wehlener Grund, Zscherregrund and Höllengrund to the stone table and on to the bastion.

    The secret, quiet highlight of

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  • Intermediate
    01:37
    3.71 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Deeply cut grounds run through the sandstone of the Upper Saxon Switzerland. They have an almost mystical atmosphere and a cool cellar climate.

    It is a world of its own that we can immerse ourselves in on this hike; in seclusion and a little bit detached from reality.

    

    From the Kohlberg car park (road between

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  • Easy
    01:38
    3.73 mi
    2.3 mph
    175 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Romantic artists came from Dresden to Saxon Switzerland on foot. With the sketch pad "back to nature" in the 18th century was not an easy undertaking, but at the time it was an expression of a new attitude towards life. The wild grounds in the Upper Saxon Switzerland were among the first impressions

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    4.53 mi
    2.1 mph
    600 ft
    625 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The starting point of the hike is the train station in the health resort Rathen or the parking lot (on the left bank of the Elbe). The historic Gierseilfähre takes us across the Elbe. In the village we branch off to the left between the houses into the Amselgrund and reach the Amselsee in a short time

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    7.96 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On this hike you have the opportunity to get to know several valuable, largely natural habitats between the Elbe and Polenz.

    

    The starting point is the S-Bahn stop in the health resort of Rathen or the parking lot on the left side of the Elbe. After the ferry ride we go through the health resort Rathen

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  • Easy
    01:32
    3.52 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike leads to the fire view, the "balcony" of Saxon Switzerland. Here the edge of the terrain plunges vertically into the deep Polenz valley. The location is exposed and from the terrace you have a direct view of the Polenz valley and the vastness of the landscape.

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    6.31 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point is Hohnstein Marktplatz. From here we first take the narrow Rathausstrasse downhill - the castle to our right - and then turn right into the “Bärengarten” path. The blue line marks us down into the Schindergraben.

    

    The name comes from the original profession of the "slayer" or skinner

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  • Intermediate
    01:57
    4.13 mi
    2.1 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    We start at the Markt, Hohnstein bus stop and follow the Pechhüttenweg north through the town above the town church. Soon we come into the forest and now walk along the slope on the Klötzerweg. After a while we come to a small stream, branch off to the left and walk slowly down the Kälbersteig into the

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    6.60 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    None other than the developer of the Upper Saxon Switzerland, Pastor Wilhelm Leberecht Götzinger, said that when visiting Hinterhermsdorf, the first step must be to the Weifberg in order to enjoy the magical view.

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  • Intermediate
    04:17
    9.66 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The panorama path lives up to its name! Between the Kirnitzschtal and the Sebnitztal, the hike runs along a ridge. There are not only individual vantage points, but also unique panoramic views along almost the entire route!

    

    Once at the top, it goes over the gently undulating surface of the Lusatian granite

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  • Intermediate
    02:40
    5.78 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike first leads through the cool, wooded Knechtsbachtal. You reach Ottendorf via gentle meadows and fields. The highlight of the hike is the sandstone pulpit of the Großstein, from which one has an impressive view. The way back leads over the narrow and varied path of the Flößersteig.

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  • Intermediate
    02:27
    5.64 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike on historical paths begins at the Beuthenfall stop in the Kirnitzschtal valley. If you have time, you can travel with the Kirnitzschtalbahn - a moving monument that has been transporting hikers since 1898. The route is 8 kilometers long and the smallest line in Saxony.

    

    After crossing the Kirnitzsch

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    4.14 mi
    2.0 mph
    825 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The hike begins at the forester's lodge in the Kirnitzschtal, on the road west of the parking lot (signposted "Schrammsteine"). After crossing the bridge we turn right.

    

    We climb uphill, initially keeping to the right for a while, on the Kohlichtsteig / Oberer Steinbruchweg and follow the signs to Ostrau

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    72.3 mi
  • Duration
    33:27 h
  • Elevation
    8,500 ft

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