Daypacking im Erzgebirge: Weißeritztal
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
deuter planned a hike.
April 24, 2021
This hike takes you in one big round through the valleys of the Wild and Red Weißeritz. There is a lot to discover along the way: impressive cliffs, Germany's oldest narrow-gauge railway and even a small gorge. The start of the hike is the Freital-Hainsberg train station, which you can easily reach by train from Dresden. After a short, steep ascent, you follow the Brüderweg, which leads you along the rugged slope. The path here is partly secured with an auxiliary rope and footbridges and you need a certain surefootedness. In Tharandt your hike takes you briefly into the valley and then on the other side again steeply uphill to the temple of the sun. The small shelter is ideal for a first break to take a breather. With your rucksack shouldered, you set off again and follow the valley on the Oberleitenweg. You will always catch beautiful views of the valley below you. You hike across the fields to Borlas and Seifersdorf and enjoy wide views of the gentle hilly landscape in all directions. From the train station in Seifersdorf you turn north again and walk along the Rote Weißeritz through the Rabenauer Grund. The tracks of the Weißeritztalbahn, which has been running through the narrow valley since 1883 and connecting Freital and Kipsdorf, also run here. Again and again the rails change the side of the river, sometimes running parallel to the hiking trail, then again on the other side of the river. These bridges over the Weißeritz in particular are popular photo opportunities. In Rabenau you can stop in the restaurant "Zum Wanderer" and strengthen yourself for the last few kilometers. The next section is the highlight of the hike. Bizarre rock formations can be seen on both sides. Time and again small streams flow into the Weißeritz and in the middle of the valley the river meanders, sometimes rushing, sometimes leisurely through the romantic valley. Finally you leave the main path and climb the slope via the sky ladder. The ascent here again requires some surefootedness, but the view from above into the valley always rewards you for your efforts. Two kilometers later you reach the Somsdorfer Klamm and hike back down the narrow paths and footbridges. Afterwards a path turns left and leads up a steep staircase to the Teufelskanzel. This section is really fun and once you get to the top you really deserve a rest and a few snacks. Downhill, the path now leads you back to your starting point.
May 4, 2021