Lohmgrund, Großcotta, Spitzberg, Rottwerndorf. 27.03.2021 12:57
Fat Albert went for a hike.
March 27, 2021
What an exciting and adventurous hike.Inspired by Wolfgang, today we went through the Lohmgrund, past many old sandstone quarries, to the Cottaer Spitzberg.From Rottwerndorf, along the former Pirna-Großcotta railway line, the path leads through old abandoned farmsteads, in one of which there were even three cars standing around in the area, without numbers and overgrown. You walk right past countless quarries up to 20 meters high, some of which look as fresh as if they were broken yesterday.Allotment gardeners have settled in some of the former quarries for many years, and one often comes across loosely distributed houses.Finally the first highlight comes, the tunnel entrance in which some art treasures from the Dresden picture gallery were hidden from 1944-45. In a large puddle, right in front of it, sits a splendid specimen of a fire salamander. I haven't seen one like this in a long timeIf there is a tunnel entrance here, the train 🚆 must have come out again somewhere. According to the description, it is only about 250 m. A look at the map shows a street that is actually called "Am Tunnel". Unfortunately, there is no direct route. Well, let's see, to the left of the tunnel there is a small path that goes steeply up on the tunnel plateau, so let's go up!Then a bit across the field and across the road (to Dohma) and you can see a deep bottom. Down this a bit and back again, and you actually stand in front of the completely walled-up tunnel exit.Nowhere is a hint to be seen, only the year 1893 on the keystone. The joy is great and photos are taken.📸 When you return to the planned main path, you immediately pass an active sandstone quarry. It is impressive how big the blown out quarters are.The Cottaer Spitzberg is the highlight, in the literal sense, with its great panoramic view.After a detour to the Cotta church and the castle, which has just been refurbished and converted into a residential building with various apartments, you head back down to Rottwerndorf.
March 30, 2021
Simply great, and again the most beautiful photos. As I can see, I have to go there again, because I missed the other tunnel entrance.
Another very interesting hike and beautiful pictures as always. After breakfast we studied your description together - just great.
March 31, 2021
With this hike and description you scored full points for me. I have been interested in the Rottwerndorfer Tunnel ever since I read Max Seydewitz's booklet "If the Madonna Could Talk" about the fate and the history of this and many other pictures. And also about their outsourcing towards the end of the war. And I wanted to have a look at it. I talked to Frank F. about it and he could show me the way because he knows his way around there. Unfortunately nothing has come of it yet. It's a shame that you can't enter the tunnel. It would be great to get an idea of the place where such world treasures were hidden. After all, the Madonna is about the same level as the Mona Lisa.Incidentally, I hadn't known that the pictures were stored in a train tunnel. I always thought it was an old mining or quarry tunnel.So thank you for the clarification and the gain in knowledge.
April 1, 2021
😃 Thank you, I'm glad!I think the great thing about Komoot is getting ideas and suggestions from places and tours that you probably wouldn't get to know or do.This tour was particularly beautiful, interesting and steeped in history.If you want, I would be happy to invite you to go hiking again.
April 2, 2021