About Marcel Schaller
Immer auf der Suche nach unbekanntem und neuen Wegen in der Heimat Sachsen oder auf der ganzen Welt.
- 03:4410.3 mi2.8 mph950 ft925 ft
- Marcel Schaller
The inspiration for today's tour comes from the Dresden transport company. I beg your pardon? Yes, exactly, because they have put together some very nice tours or rather so-called forays in Dresden and the surrounding area at dvb.de/de-de/entdecke/wandertipps. Our choice fell on foray number 10 “Through the donor base”. However, I had set the starting point on the free parking lot at the Mockritz allotment garden directly on the Nöthnitzbach. We went along this and after a few meters it was clear that today is going to be a very dirty business. The paths were really soft and very slippery with the mud. It's hard to believe that there is still this type of people who want to go for a walk there in low shoes (preferably in fashionable white). But ok, you also have something to smile about on the side. With the Nöthnitz Castle, the first intermediate goal was reached quickly. The three-wing complex of the renaissance castle is characterized by an octagonal stair tower from the 17th century with a spiral staircase and the staircase with parallel window profiles. Just that you take a closer look. The path continues over the Eutschützer Grund to the mill of the same name, which was built around 1711. Past the sports field in Bannewitz and over the Goldene Höhe Weg, it is now constantly slightly uphill and after a hand-measured and exact 345m you are on the Gohlig. Of course, there is also one of the triangulation pillars here, as you have a perfect view of Dresden or the Elbe slopes behind it. With a short detour to the Lunapark, with its views towards Kahleberg, you continue through ribs, orchards and paddocks to the Gebergrund. Incidentally, this and the Lockwitzgrund form a common landscape protection area with an area of 936 hectares. The Geberbach, which you follow the whole time on a wonderful path, flows into the Elbe in Tolkewitz. You reach Golberode via a small ascent and then go straight back down into the Gebergrund to pass the Golberoder Mühle. The further path leads past some very beautiful old farms in Goppeln and after the barrage of the Geberbach you reach the Kauscha dam. Sorry, but as a local from Dresden I have never heard of that… Ashes on my head. The punishment followed immediately, because the following path developed into the purest mud fight. But here too it came to an end at some point, because at the latest at Schloss Nickern you have solid ground under your feet again. The castle stands on the remains of a 12th century moated castle and the main building was rebuilt at the end of the 17th century in the rural Baroque style, the tower was built in 1870. The original DVB foray ends here, but we followed the road to then one Dirt road and through apple orchards to get back towards the starting point. But we allowed ourselves a little detour over the source of the legendary “Holy Born”. This is said to have been part of a place of worship in pre-Christian times. Later its water, which does not freeze even in severe winters, was used by the monastery courtyard. According to tradition, the fountain was the destination of pilgrimages until the Reformation, as its clear water was said to have healing powers. Can't do any harm in today's times, but we preferred to trust the contents of the thermos. After a last short muddy ascent, you then come back to the starting point of the tour. All in all, a wonderful round in quiet nature and yet in the immediate vicinity of the city. Rating absolutely recommendable.
5 days ago
- 05:1013.4 mi2.6 mph1,550 ft1,550 ft
- Marcel Schaller
Today's destination was the so-called Left Elbe Valleys, at least some of them. These extend between Dresden and Meißen on the left side of the Elbe. In this area, the valleys break through the steep slope between the Elbe valley and the Meißner highlands. Because of its peculiarity, the landscape is part of a landscape protection area. The starting point was the free parking lot at the exit of Scharfenberg and the path first leads briefly up the road. After a short time you turn sharply right into the Wolfsschlucht, which is really steep up a trail. The following path is called Elbleitenweg, although MTB riders should know it more as a death house trail. Always following a narrow path along the slope, you get to the so-called Batzdorf house of the dead. Contrary to what the name suggests, this building has nothing to do with the storage of the dead, but was a garden and pleasure house near a vineyard. The house itself is rather ordinary, but the view in front of the opposite vineyards and the Bosel is simply magnificent. The path continues past Batzdorf Castle and downhill again through the quiet Rehbock Valley. Shortly after the Rehbocktal campsite, the path climbs again very steeply to lead out of the forest shortly before Bockwen. You can take a break at the idyllic forest lake in the village and then continue walking through the village. Unfortunately, you have to use the federal highway for a short time, which you then leave again very quickly. The next destination is the Zuckerhut viewpoint, which offers a good view of the Triebisch valley. Descending from the mountain you can reach it after a short time and now walk along the Triebisch. A little bit through the suburb of Meissen is also there before the path leads again steeply up to the rock of the gods. On this one can even find a real summit cross with the Afra cross. After all, the monument on the Pechstein cliff is a simple replica of a cross that was erected in 1843 for the 300th anniversary of the Meißner Fürstenschule St. Afra, so that's a really cool place in the Triebischtal. Then we went to the Hohe Eifer, an elevation on which there was probably once a fortification. Well, today it's a field, but we still ran around it once. But to be honest, you can save yourself this part of the way. True to today's mountain and valley motto, it then went back down through the city forest, back over the Triebisch and then one last time steeply over the Huttenburgweg up towards Schloss Siebeneichen. This castle, built around 1553, is a really beautiful place with its garden and is now the home of the State Office for Schools and Education. The last highlight down in the valley is a huge tarpaulin, which has a trunk length of almost 8m. A short stretch of the path leads through the forest to finally turn onto the Elbe cycle path. With wonderful views of the Spaargebierge and the Bosel on the opposite side, you now follow it for a long way before you reach the starting point of the hike again. This is the end of a wonderful hike, which promises wonderful tranquility. Due to the altitude you are challenged again and again and the soggy trails are challenging and grand at the same time.
6 days ago
- Marcel Schaller
Let's just start today's tour with Peter Flache's poem “Schneeschmelze”: “When the snow thaws in the garden, everything will be familiar to you. Everything defrosted in its place, including the neighbor's missing cat. ”Ok, at least at the start of the hike, which should lead us into the extensive Moritzburg pond landscape, the white ceiling was just perfect. The start was at the small train station in Bärnsdorf and led a short distance along the rails past the large pond. On the opposite side you could already see the lighthouse, which we could see up close after a short time. The path continued past the snow-covered pheasant castle and then always along the canal. The canal between the Upper Großteich and the Fasanenschlösschen, which was artificially created in the middle of the 18th century, is almost two kilometers long and is an important part of the baroque cultural landscape. The visual axis offered the view from the dining room of Moritzburg Castle on the 1st floor to the Pheasant Castle. So, you've learned something again. After a short detour through the grounds of the former Diakonie drug clinic, we reached the castle pond and photographed the famous castle for the thousandth time. Let's put it this way, it was on the way to another highlight, namely the Hohburgtunnel. This is not marked on the hiking signs and is a little off the main path. The approximately 120m long tunnel was driven through the rock at the beginning of the 18th century and was driven through in a horse-drawn carriage for court festivities. It's not that elegant anymore, but it is all the more adventurous to walk through the dark tunnel. Then we continued on snow-covered forest paths in the direction of Altenteiche, where you can take a break at a large refuge. However, a lot of people know that and it is accordingly "sociable" there. The next pond was then the Sophiente pond, which is next to the better known middle pond. On the latter, a small rustic path leads directly along the shore, on which you then reach the Königsweg. This is a nearly 11km long circular route, which is absolutely flat and barrier-free. Therefore you will never have this path to yourself, if you understand what I mean. In any case, after a short time we turned towards the Frauenteich and also passed the previously unknown Schösserteich. From the Tannersberg on the way you have a beautiful view of the Frauenteich, which you should enjoy. The further path then leads for a long time over open fields and far away from the lake. The background here is the nature reserve around which you are practically led around. In the meantime, the snow had thawed and turned the paths into water and mud, which also explains the face mentioned at the beginning. Only at the height of the Luisenteich does the path get a little better and you can enjoy the view of the Frauenteich again. Unfortunately, a short piece of the official hiking trail then leads along or rather on the connecting road between Berbisdorf and Moritzburg. That is a little bit stupid, but you ran the almost 500m quickly. Our hike turned off at the pheasantry in the direction of game feeding and led back to the starting point at the already known large pond. All in all, a wonderful tour through the woods and past the many lakes in the Moritzburg pond landscape. You will certainly meet a few or many people on the main paths, but the paths through the forest or along the lakeside are almost deserted.
January 3, 2021
- 04:3911.4 mi2.5 mph1,475 ft1,450 ft
- Marcel Schaller
It is slowly getting tight with the goals in the corona radius, because actually we have already seen everything. Everything? No, not everything because there was still a white spot up the Elbe, so we started at the small parking lot at Helfenberger Park and then hiked along the trail through the Helfenberger Grund. The trail always stretches nicely along the slope and every now and then you have to make some space for the mountain bikers. In Hosterwitz the path winds up again and via serpentines you can quickly reach the Sugar Loaf viewpoint. It doesn't offer a view over Rio but who needs that when the most beautiful city in the world is at your feet from up there. We went on along the top of the ridge and after a short while we climbed down a bit to turn into the wonderful Leitenweg. This stretches above the Pillnitz vineyards and offers fantastic views of the Elbe or the small vineyard church "Zum heiligen Geist". Even if there were too many people here today, we can definitely recommend this route. In addition, due to the many signs, you can learn a lot about viticulture in this area. The next destination was the Rysselkuppe, a small rock on the slope from which you can also enjoy the view. A short time later, the so-called panoramic view follows, which allows you to see the mountains of Saxon Switzerland. Unfortunately, thanks to Corona, currently unreachable. Then it was time to do calf training again, because the ascent to Borsberg was via the narrow downhill trail. I have no idea how to get down there safely by bike. In any case, we climbed steeply and could then have a picnic at the triangulation column and take a breather. The way back led us first on the upper Jagdweg which stretches almost straight above the slope back towards Dresden. It became much more exciting and idyllic in the following Friedrichsgrund because the path leads over picturesque bridges always along the stream. At the Meixmühle we went up again and we could enjoy a wonderful sunset on the Malschendorfer Höhe. Since we ran out of light, the speed was increased again and we could just see the lonely Keppgrundmühle. But then the light was over and so we arrived at the Rockauer Aussicht in the dark. But that also had its charm, because the city shone with countless lights in the Elbe Valley. The last part was only on Dorfstrasse and ended again at the starting point. All in all, a wonderfully varied round on the outskirts of Dresden. What a beautiful home we have. ❤️
December 30, 2020
- Marcel Schaller
At Corona-Radius-Bingo, the finger stopped this time on the white spot around Cossebaude / Niederwartha, i.e. the places where we only rode our bikes. The starting point was the free parking lot opposite the Prinzenkeller and the path also led directly to the Elbe Cycle Path in the direction of Cossebaude. To hike around the Niederwartha reservoir, however, shortly afterwards it turned right onto a dirt road. Anyone expecting a beautiful view of the lake here will be disappointed, as one hikes in the shadow of the dam all the time. The view of the reservoir is only possible at the swimming pool. From there it continues through the residential area and the old town center. Actually, you could now hike up the Gnomensteig directly to the Herrenkuppe, but our path continued towards the old Cossebauder Park, which is unfortunately completely overgrown. Shortly afterwards we turned into the Amselgrund, which leads up wonderfully but very steeply. With a puff we reached the so-called Osterberg with its distinctive villa, which was originally built as an inn. From there it went downhill again to the Bismarck Tower on the already mentioned Herrenkuppe. The building, erected in the form of a fire altar, does not really deserve the name tower, but offers a magnificent view of Dresden. The path led hidden further down and over the Krumme Gasse down to the valley road. This leads through an almost village-like district to the entrance to Oberwartha. On the so-called cat's jump you get steep up on the path towards the upper reservoir. A rustic path runs around this directly on the shore and offers wonderful views of the lake. After the circumnavigation, we went on to the picturesque Tännichtgrund, which extends to Oberwarthaer and Niederwarthaer Flur and at the same time represents the western city limits of Dresden. The valley is formed by the Tännichtgrundbach, which rises about 300 meters north of the "Dresdner Tor" motorway service station on Kaufbacher Flur. Past the Grundmühle, the path then briefly leads through the village and you have reached the starting point again. All in all, again a very nice lap in the Corona radius. You can also find a lot of interesting information about Cossebaude and the stations of our hike here: dresdner-stadtteile.de/West/Cossebaude/cossebaude.htmlNote December 27th, 2020: The hopping jump is currently closed due to tree felling work. But since there was no work at the moment, we are still high. Please note this in any planning.
December 27, 2020
- 03:038.83 mi2.9 mph375 ft375 ft
- Marcel Schaller
In search of a short Advent tour that justifies more than a piece of stollen with coffee, the finger on the menu stopped this time in Langebrück. The start was the free parking lot at the Waldbad in the village. The Waldbad Langebrück is an outdoor swimming pool located in the Langebrück district of Dresden. Parts of the facility, inaugurated in 1912, including the ticket booth at the entrance, the kiosk, the refreshment hall and three historic changing rooms are now listed. From there, the path leads straight into the heather and thus towards trout ponds, which you pass on beautiful narrow paths. After crossing the railway line and past the Liegauer Saugarten, you reach Liegau-Augustusbad, which marks the beginning of the Seifersdorfer Valley. The Seifersdorfer Tal is the name for one of the oldest German landscape gardens. Conceived and laid out by Christina von Brühl at the end of the 18th century, it runs geographically along the Großer Röder from Liegau-Augustusbad to Grünberg. This time we did not choose the main path, but the beautiful trail on the left side of the river, always towards Marienmühle. Past the Laura Column, the Leopold von Braunschweig monument and the Anna-Amalia bust, the Marienmühle was the first stopover. The mill has had an eventful history and is now being lovingly rebuilt and operated. At marienmühle.de you can get a nice insight. For us it was important that there was still a snack here, albeit “outside the home”, and strengthened with freshly grilled bratwurst and fruit punch we continued down the valley. We use a beautiful single trail halfway up the slope, a little insider tip so that we don't have to walk on the main path. After a short detour to the Schönborn forest pond (rather a small puddle), we went in the direction of the Roter Graben Weg, which led us back to Langebrück. The way through Langebrück is probably more for window-gazers, but at least one crosses the place on a side street with little traffic and reaches the starting point again. All in all, a nice short round and the Seifersdorfer Tal always works.
December 20, 2020
- 02:467.95 mi2.9 mph850 ft850 ft
- Marcel Schaller
Looking for a little tour in the area, Erlitzsche’s inspiration yesterday resulted in this nice short tour. It started with the free parking lot on the right side of the Elbe below the railway bridge in Meissen. The path then follows the Elbe cycle path for a long way upstream to the exit of Meissen. At this time of year you can use the cycle path without any problems without your ears ringing from the ringing bell.At the exit of Meissen it goes over the street and then over the Kapitelholzsteig straight uphill. Passing the Bosel Tower you reach the Boselblick, which has a wonderful view Up the Elbe to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Strictly speaking, you are standing here in the so-called Spaar Mountains and, more precisely, on the German Bosel. Because there is still a Roman Bosel to which the path continues. This is done just before the Bosel Tower in the forest and here you have to look for the path for the first 50m. But over time it gets better and you hike quietly down the valley in the forest. The viewpoint of the Roman Bosel is not signposted but is easy to find at the end. Anyone who has already enjoyed the view from the Deutsche Bosel will certainly not get rid of any new Ah and Oh calls here, but it's always nice. Since there is no circular route at this point, we now go back a little and then hike uphill again towards the Juchhöh view. From there you have a great view of Meissen and the Albrechtsburg. The residential areas on the outskirts of Meissen can then be reached again via the Rauenbergweg and the Jagdsteig. Through the narrow paths of an allotment garden, you can now reach the hidden view at the Spaar air bath, which once again provides a view of the Elbe and Meissen. Incidentally, the star combo Meißen had their first appearance in front of a few retirees in the Spaar air bath in Niederspaar on September 24, 1964. Many an old Saxon reading here will now have tears of memory in their eyes, I wasn't even planned at this point. But back to the tour, because this leads back to the Elbe Cycle Path via hidden and narrow streets. A short time later the starting point is reached again. This ends an entertaining round, the highlights of which are undoubtedly the view of the Bosel, the further views but above all the tranquility ..
November 21, 2020
- Marcel Schaller
Today the Bielatal has been on the program again for a long time and the planned starting point was headed for the hiking car park Ottomühle. Once there, however, due to the many parked cars, we had to find out that the Bielatal is probably no longer an insider tip. Too bad, but not to change. So still full of anticipation invested 3 € in parking and off to the forest. Since we only wanted to move on narrow forest paths below the rocks the whole time, one was absolutely alone in the forest a short time later. The Bielatal has most of the climbing rocks in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and so we could always take a look at these crazy guys on their ropes and hooks. So that's nothing for us, we prefer to explore the rocks in a horizontal direction. But it's also fun to read the names of all the rocks in retrospect ... there are some funny ones. After visiting the small Swedish cave, we continued on the narrow paths and then turned towards the other side of the valley at the Dürrebielenadel. After the ascent on the Biela pane, the path goes almost invisibly towards Grenzplatte and every now and then you just have to guess the path. But it's fun to walk alone, far from the main paths, through the rocks. The view from the Grenzplatte, however, was already pretty crowded. With astonishment one heard many Czech voices there, probably a sign that even Corona cannot prevent every border crossing. In any case, the rest of the way led us on the ridge towards Bennohöhle. This is a cleft cave created by rubble blocks made of sandstone and is around 35 m long and 13.5 m deep. Walking through it is really fun and needless to say that a flashlight would be helpful here. Shortly before the Ottomühle we had to reschedule, because parts of our route were closed due to forest work. So all the way down into the valley again, and then walk back up the Kerbensteig to the Johanniswacht. From here you have a beautiful view as far as Königstein Fortress. On the other side of the valley you can still see the Kaiser Wilhelm Festival, which was actually still on the plan. Unfortunately, the sun was already going down, so we at least went straight to the Sachsenstein, which is equipped with a wonderful ladder system, the orange color of which is already very borderline. But it's not about looks, it's about having fun climbing, which is definitely not neglected. However, it is advisable to leave the backpack down, because in the upper chimney you will have problems with space. Since the sun had completely disappeared in the meantime, it was just down to the valley and back to the starting point. All in all a wonderful tour in the beautiful Bielatal. The whole thing away from the crowds - what more could you want. This is how home works.
November 18, 2020
- 04:5211.7 mi2.4 mph2,050 ft2,125 ft