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Etappe 4: Von Stadt Wehlen nach Ostrau – Lausitzer Schlange

14.4 mi
2.1 mph
2,600 ft
2,350 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
1.22 mi

Großer Bärenstein

Hiking Highlight

4.12 mi

Gierseilfähre im Kurort Rathen

Hiking Highlight (Segment)

4.27 mi

Kurort Rathen

Hiking Highlight

7.23 mi

Blick vom Brand

Hiking Highlight

7.38 mi


Hiking Highlight (Segment)

12.8 mi


Hiking Highlight (Segment)

14.4 mi


Mountain Hiking Path: 1.43 mi
Hiking Path: 4.04 mi
Path: 5.83 mi
Footpath: 0.73 mi
Street: 1.81 mi
Road: 0.26 mi
Ferry: < 109 yd
Off-grid (unknown): 413 yd


Alpine: 1.07 mi
Natural: 1.46 mi
Unpaved: 7.33 mi
Gravel: 0.98 mi
Paved: 0.70 mi
Asphalt: 2.13 mi
Unknown: 0.73 mi
  • Includes a ferry crossing

    Check ferry timetable.

  • Includes an off-grid segment

    Navigation instructions may be limited.

Weather Forecast

Carola K. planned a hike.

March 12, 2020


  • Carola K.

    In the middle of the unique Elbe Sandstone Mountains, you are on the fourth stage of the Lausitzer Schlange. Since the long-distance hiking trail is looking for peace and nature, you leave tourist strongholds like the Bastei rock formation in the truest sense of the word. For this you can expect a less frequented but no less spectacular part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and a few vertical meters.If you took the ferry to the Pötzscha district yesterday, you will have to climb the first few meters in altitude towards the Bärensteine. Otherwise you start the day with a ferry ride. The tour leads through the rock formations of the Great and Small Bearstone. An ascent is definitely worth it, because from up here you have a fantastic view of the surrounding table mountains, such as the Lilienstein with its obelisks. Past the Rauenstein, the ferry takes you back across the Elbe to Rathen with its pretty half-timbered houses.Again and again you hike up and down, cross the softly rippling Polenz and enjoy the view of the bizarre rock formations by the fire. Over 800 steps lead you down from here into the deep ground, from which you can go up again. From here, the Lausitzer snake follows the Malerweg. Through the village gorge you climb down steep metal stairs to the Kirnitzschtal, which the river of the same name has washed deep into the sandstone.From here it is not far to Ostrau, where you can choose between a hotel, guest house, inn or youth hostel.

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    • March 23, 2020

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