Zum Felsentor des Neuen Wildensteins
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz planned a hike.
October 19, 2020
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 start of the hike to the famous Kuhstall rock gate is at the Lichtenhain waterfall in the Kirnitzschtal valley. We cross the Kirnitzsch on the bridge and take the hiking trail marked with a red dot and M, and follow the signs to the massive rock cavity.The cowshed is the largest layer joint cave in Saxon Switzerland, created by weathering and erosion in connection with backwater. In the Middle Ages, the huge cave was by necessity a “cowshed” for the farmers' cattle and a safe, protected hiding place for people and animals in the deep forests. At that time, wars with wandering, plundering armies ravaged the country and raids were the order of the day.On the left after passing through the cowshed, a narrow column with steps - the so-called heavenly ladder - leads steeply up to the plateau with a wonderful view of the Kleiner Zschand and the Affensteine. The Neu-Wildenstein castle complex was located here in the 15th century.After the comfortable descent from the plateau, we take the stairs down (marking red dot and M). At the bottom we meet the Hinteren Kuhstallweg (red line, which we follow for 500 meters, before we branch off to the left into the Räumichtweg, which leads into the Dittrichtsgrund. We follow this downhill towards the Kirnitzschtal to the Beuthenfall.The tour is for children, but only partially suitable for dogs (Himmelsleiter is very narrow and steep).Starting point: Lichtenhain waterfall (Kirnitzschtal)End point: Beuthenfall (Kirnitzschtal)How to get there: With bus 241 (direction Hinterhermsdorf) or Kirnitzschtalbahn to Lichtenhain waterfallArrival by car: paid parking lot at the Lichtenhain waterfall and Beuthenfall
November 2, 2020