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  1. Ralf went for a hike.

    about 23 hours ago

    1.17 mi
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    hallunke, Franz5 and 11 others like this.
    1. Ralf

      A very short detour to a second highlight of the day. The St. Marienthal monastery. The monastery has been in this place since 1234. A very nice place and the monastery tavern sensational !!!

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      • about 18 hours ago

  2. Ralf went for a hike.

    a day ago

    4.73 mi
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    hallunke, Franz5 and 9 others like this.
    1. Ralf

      Görlitz .. as always a highlight

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      • about 19 hours ago

  3. Ralf went for a hike.

    2 days ago

    8.18 mi
    1.2 mph
    925 ft
    1,000 ft
    Sachsen Onkel, Franz5 and 13 others like this.
    1. Ralf

      May 2020
      Gypsy Mountain
      from Lückendorf: Gypsy Mountain - Bohemian View - Pottery - Small Ice Gutter - Brand - Lubischhöhe - Heinrich Singwitz Bank - Muschelsaal - Large Felsengasse - Small Felsengasse - Pottery - Töpfersteig - Geldsteinweg - LückendorfWith Gypsy Mountain and a new ascent to the Bohemian View, two “first ascents” are pending today. The Zigeunerberg is not far from Lückendorf and offers a nice little scramble up to the summit. The summit is lonely, the prospects are unfortunately overgrown. Today we also use an access to the Bohemian View, which first leads right around the rock group and then leads back to the hiking trail shortly before the actual view. The Bohemian View today offers a view into the distance. Jeschken and spruce can be seen alongside many other peaks. At the top of the potter we enjoy the view of the wide country and then hike to the Lubischhöhe. The lonely bench on the Lubischhöhe is today on the wind side and so there is the Bemme on the Heinrich Singwitz Bank with a view of the Bohemian. The way back is via the Muschelsaal, the rocky lanes, past the Scharfenstein and Luisenstein. Once again we are entertained excellently on the potter. As a descent back to Lückendorf, we choose the Töpfersteig today.

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      • 2 days ago

  4. Ralf went for a hike.

    3 days ago

    8.24 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,150 ft
    Bernd & Bärbel, Hentschel and 13 others like this.
    1. Ralf

      May 2020
      from Lückendorf: Eichgraben - Fuchskanzel - Straßberg - Scheibenborn - Lückendorf
      The heavy rain of the night stopped this morning and so we start eastwards from Lückendorf. Varied forest trails take us down to Eichgraben. Then it goes uphill again on the old Gabler country road. On the side of the path you can often still see the old street stones. At the stone table you come back to the road, cross it and disappear a little later into the forest. A rather steep path leads us up to the old Karlsfried castle. We find a rather narrow entrance to the cave, but the mud at the entrance saves us the trouble. Has anyone of you ever been there? We enjoy the view at the Fuchsloch. The triangulation station Strassberg is also located here. We climb this a little later. On the way towards Lückendorf we make a detour to Scheibenborn and a little later enjoy the cloud-covered view of the Hochwald.
      The innkeepers changed in the old smithy. The new ones are just as nice as the previous ones. Eating and drinking are just as tasty and so we wish the hosts all the best. The climb to the parking lot is difficult again.

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      • 3 days ago

  5. Ralf went for a hike.

    4 days ago

    3.32 mi
    1.0 mph
    125 ft
    50 ft
    Franz5, Yvonne and 14 others like this.
    1. Ralf

      May 2020
      Großschönau - Mandau
      We have been going to the Zittau Mountains again and again for so many years, but I have never known that Großschönau down here on Mandau is such a wonderful place. This is really the house next to the house, one more beautiful than the other. Some are still in the "Sleeping Horse Sleep" and everything flows through the Mandau River.
      Not a real hike but a real insider tip.

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      • 4 days ago

  6. Ralf went for a hike.

    May 10, 2020

    7.99 mi
    1.4 mph
    700 ft
    675 ft
    Thomas aus EF, Bernd & Bärbel and 15 others like this.
    1. Ralf

      May 2020
      Summer break
      from Neumannmühle: Großer Zschand - Sommersloch - Sommerlochwand - Webergrotte -
      The last time we were up on the summer wall was in 2017.
      Back then we were reversed because of the snowfall at the top of the summer hole.
      The weather is fine today. I'll save the description up to the summer break here. The Great Zschand looks completely different after the many bark beetle victims. Maybe only 2 things: The little spruce on the old stump didn't make it. (The attentive hiker knows what I mean) and at the junction to the Richter gorges is the latest fool of the national park administration. There are currently thousands of trees on the ground in our Saxon Switzerland, but the national park administration is planting a plastic stump on a concrete foundation in the middle of the core zone. This is how the environment works ... not! On the ugly plastic thing, the national park administration has published all sorts of robber pistols and success stories about their unsuccessful work. Man, man, man ...
      Up on the summer wall, however, there are now some adventurous paths up to the Auerhahnsteig. We will do this later. Today it is very muggy and stormy and we shouldn't cross the border to the Czech Republic yet. But the way to the Weber Grotto is always worthwhile. Curse still climbed the old stairs and we start the way back.
      PS comment:
      The big butterfly is a mourning coat.
      The National Park Administration has drawn the Jortan on the Black Pike's blocking info. We take that as an "invitation" ;-)
      In Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland, all roads are no longer signposted and secured. Many of these paths have an ancient history, a tradition spanning hundreds of years. Orientation and sure-footedness are essential when walking these paths.
      I heard that parts of this hike lead through areas where you can be fined for easy hiking.

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      • May 11, 2020

  7. Ralf went for a hike.

    May 3, 2020

    11.7 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Andreas J, Hentschel and 4 others like this.
    1. Ralf

      May 2020
      Fox pond
      from Cunnersdorf:
      Cunnersdorf - Signal - Katzstein - Schneebergblick - Fuchsteich - Taubenteich
      We start from Cunnersdorf up to the signal. For me one of the most beautiful prospects in the back Saxon Switzerland. In a wide view, the table mountains line up. We continue up to the Katzstein. An adventurous and endless iron staircase leads to the viewing platform. From the Schneeberg rest area there is only a yearning view of the same mountain. It kind of feels like it was in the 80s. At that time we were looking at the Rhön Mountains with a similar feeling, en route in Thuringia. A lonely drake greets me at the fox pond. The pond is totally romantic, in the middle of the forest. And since there is even a bench and table, there is a hassle for the duck man and me. I don't think the pigeon pond and its peculiar "free overnight stay" is particularly beautiful. The pond is completely weeded, the place itself seems carelessly thrown onto the meadow. The way back to Cunnersdorf is something for "fast runners" seem endless to me these kilometers along the asphalt forest road.

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      • May 9, 2020

  8. Ralf went for a hike.

    May 1, 2020

    12.9 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,425 ft
    Kati, Kauai and 7 others like this.
    1. Ralf

      May 2020
      Border guards
      from Hellendorf: Hartenstein - Zeisigstein - Sechzehnender - border guards - Grenzweg - Moorteich - Mehlsteig - Sachsenstein - Diebsgrundweg - Kochemoor
      We have already been to this corner on May 1st. It is lonely here even on a day like today. First we visit the Hartenstein with its wide view. Busy people, as can be seen later on the Zeisigstein, painted the viewing platform in green / yellow. The ascent to Zeisigstein can be found not far from the Hartenstein. Unfortunately, the prospect continues to grow. The following descent is pretty wild across the country. I've got lost here a bit. For that, the sixteen-man is quickly found today. The memorial stone commemorates Christoph von Carlowitz, a descendant of Carl von Carlowitz, the inventor of sustainable forestry. On narrow paths that require some sense of direction, it goes over to the border guard with his boofe and further up to the border path. This lonely path meanders along the boundary stones. Unfortunately we can not finish the way to Eiland today, but treat ourselves to the Sachsenstein as a "consolation". This daring climb with a dream view over the Bielatal is always worth a detour. Then back to Hellendorf via the path on the cooking bog.

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      • May 3, 2020

  9. Ralf went for a hike.

    April 25, 2020

    10.2 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Kati, Kauai and 12 others like this.
    1. Ralf

      April 2020
      from Kleingießhübel: Hirschgrund - Ringweg Kleiner Zschirnstein - Kleiner Zschirnstein - Großer Zschirnstein - descent at the Kleine Zschirnsteinturm - Gliedenbach - Krippenbach - Hertelsgrundweg - resting ground path
      Today we are back in Saxon Switzerland. The two Zschirn stones with their enchanting views are our goal. The Hirschgrund takes us up to the Little Zschirnstein. The old ring road leads us halfway along the western flank of the Little Zschirnstein. Always hard on the slope, past countless boofs, it goes up to the northern tip and then steeply up to the Little Zschitnstein. From the Little Zschirnstein there are many dream prospects in the whole of Saxon Switzerland. The table mountains lie in front of us like a string of pearls. From here it goes over to the highest mountain in Saxon Switzerland. From the large Zschirnstein you have a view of the endless forests in the border region to the Czech Republic. Now in spring there is a wonderful contrast between the dark green of the conifers and the light green of the deciduous trees. On the way back we take another look at the crash site of the Czech Chesna. In 2010, two young people died here. Nevertheless, it is good that there are such places, they keep reminding us how fragile and valuable life is. Through the endless forests it goes back to Kleingießhübel.

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      • April 25, 2020

  10. Ralf went for a hike.

    April 19, 2020

    7.79 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    925 ft
    Kati, Franz5 and 11 others like this.
    1. Ralf

      Small home round

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      • April 19, 2020

About Ralf

Ich bin gern draußen in der Natur. Es gibt so viel zu sehen, so viel zu erleben. Dafür muss man oft nicht erst um die halbe Welt reisen. Wie oft ist es vor der eigenen Haustür soooooo schön. Zumindest kann ich das von meiner Haustür in Sachsen sagen. Einen Teil meiner Touren veröffentliche ich hier, um Euch dies zu zeigen. Ich hoffe dem Einen oder Anderen macht der eine oder andere Tourbericht einfach Freude. Und vielleicht finden Einige von Euch auch ein Anregung in meinen Touren. Dann wären hier schon alle meine Wünsche erfüllt.
Somit, Danke fürs Lesen und viel Freude beim Stöbern.

Ralf’s Tour Stats

Distance3,971 mi
Time2734:51 h