The Pfaffenstein, also obsolete Jungfernstein, is 434.6 m above sea level. NHN  high table mountain in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxony. It lies to the left of the Elbe near Königstein and is also referred to as "Saxon Switzerland in miniature" due to its diverse structure. The rugged mountain, crisscrossed by numerous caves, shows traces of Stone and Bronze Age settlements and, because of its poor accessibility, later served as a refuge in times of crisis. The Pfaffenstein has been used for tourist purposes since the 19th century. On the mountain there is an inn, a lookout tower, several lookout points and some other sights.The massif of the Pfaffenstein has been developed for climbing since the beginning of the 20th century and, with 32 climbing rocks, is one of the most important sub-areas of the Saxon Switzerland climbing area. The best-known rock, which is considered to be the symbol of the Pfaffenstein, is the Barbarine,  a 43-meter-high rock needle, which was closed to climbers in 1975 due to severe erosion damage
June 5, 2020
The Pfaffenstein, also outdated Jungfernstein, is 434.6 m above sea level. NHN  high table mountain in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxony. It lies to the left of the Elbe near Königstein and is also known as "Saxon Switzerland in miniature" because of its diverse structure.
The Pfaffenstein is located about two kilometers south of the district Pfaffendorf in the area of the city of Königstein. Another nearby settlement is Cunnersdorf about three kilometers south-east. The neighboring mountain in the northwest is the 349.6 m high Quirl, another table mountain.In the south, the mountain is surrounded by forests that slope down to the Cunnersdorfer Bach. Around the northern part of the Pfaffenstein there are predominantly agricultural areas.The appearance of the mountain is characterized by an extensive summit plateau, which extends about one kilometer in north-south direction and up to 400 meters in west-east direction and has an area of about twelve hectares. It rises about 100 meters above the surrounding area. The peak is in the southern part of the plateau. The edge of the Pfaffenstein is formed by rugged and jagged sandstone rocks. In front of the main massif are numerous individual rocks, the most famous of which is the Barbarine on the southern tip of the Pfaffenstein. Other important rock towers are the Königspitze, the Förster, the Bundesfels, the Rauhe Zinne, the Jäckelfels, the Pfaffenschluchtspitzen, the Peterskirche and the Einsiedler.
August 17, 2020
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