About Marcel Schaller
Wer die GEGENWART genießt,
der hat in der ZUKUNFT eine wunderbare VERGANGENHEIT!
- Marcel Schaller
Also in the new year of life applies "who rests, rusts" and so it went on the boards again today. We were thrown onto these at the entrance to the parking lot, because the Altenbergers are asking for 7 from today! euros for the parking ticket at the cross-country ski run car park. The greed has thus also reached the Ore Mountains. On the other hand, the snow conditions were excellent today and so we went straight to the Eastern Ore Mountains cross-country ski run in the direction of the mob bones. This mountain is one of the regional 8000s and for us today it was the first ascent on skis. If you want to learn more about the history behind the 8000m, you can do so at achttausender-im-erzgebirge.de. The next destination was the Kahleberg from which the view was unfortunately pretty poor. So it went straight down from the stormy summit and over nice descents but also pretty crisp climbs we went back to the starting point. Finally, the sun even came out from behind the clouds and made this wonderful day just perfect.
4 days ago
- Marcel Schaller
In the finest winter weather, we went back to the cross-country ski trail with the narrow skis. The start was at the biathlon arena car park and due to the low snow depth, the selection of cross-country trails wasn't that big. So get into the Kahlebergloipe (L1), which was great to drive at first. Only on the descents was it quite borderline, as the climbs were very icy. Since it was going so well, we decided to take the Wüster Teich circular trail (L4) with us, especially since it was listed as “passable” on the internet. Unfortunately, it didn't say which means of transport was used, because the middle section simply couldn't be used with skis. Here it was time to unbuckle the skis and carry them... well, that's no use. At some point we were back on the Kahleberggrund and now it was a long and steep climb up the mountain. Unfortunately the whole of Dresden seemed to have had a good night's sleep, because the streets were full of people. Therefore, it was now the shortest way back to the starting point and so a very nice, but also athletically demanding round came to an end.
January 16, 2022
- Marcel Schaller
An old, but wise man once said: "You have to go again with friends on paths that you have walked with a smile." Ok, in that case it was me and so today we went again on a wonderful round to the Königshain mountains with the wonderful granite quarries and rocks. I had hoped for a little more snow, which would have given the whole thing a slightly different charm, but to compensate for that, the sun was often shining today and the air was wonderfully clear. From the hiking car park at the old Königshain train station, it goes straight up through the forest to the summit of the Hochstein and then even higher to the observation tower, from which you have a beautiful all-round view of the Landeskrone. Up there, however, a very nice wind whistled, it quickly went back down towards the Teufelstein, a free-standing rock in the forest. Then we went to the cuckoo stone, a bird's head-like rock with an artificial viewing hole as an eye. During the winter solstice, the midday sun appears in it on several days and it is therefore one of the sun sanctuaries of Upper Lusatia. Then you reach the actual quarries, which are marked as break I and II. There is also a small open-air museum, which gives interesting insights into the arduous work. Via the Schwalbenkammweg and then wonderful forest paths you reach the Schoorstein with its quarries and then continue to hike to the Totenstein. This served as a place of worship in prehistory and early history and can be climbed using a ladder. Unfortunately, this is currently closed, but there is still another way to get to the summit from the side. Know how ... we Saxons are bright. Now we went back to the quarries, which always allow wonderful views from below and above. The rocks and the dark water create a wonderful contrast that cannot be captured so well with a mobile phone. Once again past the open-air museum, a narrow path leads back into the valley and the starting point is quickly reached. All in all, a tour that is just plain fun.
January 9, 2022
- 04:039.94 mi2.5 mph1,275 ft1,325 ft
- Marcel Schaller
"If you know exactly where your path is going from the start, you will never get far." Well, in the age of Komoot, a rather inappropriate quote. However, this comes from the namesake of our first station today. It was none other than the little Frenchman who liked to scratch his stomach with his hand through the button placket - exactly, Napoleon Bonaparte. He is said to have followed his troop movements from the Napoleon Stone and was only just missed by a golden Russian cannonball up there. At least that's what a small board on the rock reports and if you just believe in it, then the story is definitely true. Due to the snowfall, the view today was more like taking off your glasses - just blurry. Our way over snow-covered paths led us on to the Bernhardstein, from which you can otherwise enjoy a wonderful panoramic view. Well, you can't have everything and so, after building the obligatory snowman, we went straight to the labyrinth. The rock area is simply a huge adventure playground for children. Real life with climbing, crawling, jumping and getting dirty. The childish arrogance overcame me again and I wanted to crawl into a rock tunnel. However, the winter fat, but rather the admonishing index finger of the washing machine commissioner who wandered with me, kept me from it and phew, lucky, the hiking clothes stayed so halfway clean. On wonderful snow-covered paths we went on towards Nikolsdorf and then continued on the Harald-Schurz-Weg. This path is wonderfully narrow and always leads along the slope. Our next destination, the quaint Teufelsgrund, was unfortunately only accessible via wide and also a little monotonous forest highways, especially since the view of the Königsstein Fortress was blocked in the drifting snow. But the Teufelsgrund is wonderfully natural and due to the lack of signage it is certainly not very busy at other times of the year. The next destination was the Spanghorn, a previously unknown rock, the summit of which can be reached via a steep climb. Following the ridge path, we then descended towards Leupoldishain at the end, wandered a short distance through the small town and then returned to the Nikolsdorfer Walls via Richters Grund. We admired the Nikolsdorfer Nadel from above and also used part of the way on the ridge here. Via an adventurous descent through a small ravine, we came across the mountaineering path below the rock walls and so we came from below to the needle that we just saw from above. We shortened the planned route across a field and then suddenly stood in front of a snow-covered and cleared slope. The way should lead here, said Komoot. There is no way here said my eyes. So we fought a little over fallen trees and through branches and then found something like a way. The rest of the way to the starting point was then feasible and so a wonderful lap came to an end. The absolute silence, the almost deserted paths and the crunch of snow under your feet were simply wonderful.
January 8, 2022
- Marcel Schaller
The tour has been slumbering in my planning list for a while and since it doesn't always have to be Saxon Switzerland, the time was just right for it today. Glashütte is the Mecca of German watch manufacturers, because at least 8 well-known watch manufacturers are located in the small town in the Müglitztal. So if you don't know where to go with your money, you are sure to find a wonderful timepiece for your wrist here. Our path led us straight from the parking lot up to the Ochsenkopf, where the path led us through the striking rock gate. On the other side, it went straight downhill again and past the observatory of the Wempe company, which rebuilt the building as a production facility. In a constant up and down the path now leads down into the Müglitztal and shortly afterwards leads steeply up again. So the Erzgebirge is all well and good, but I hadn't interpreted the tour profile as so hilly. But you can't get lost in the area, because even signposts are signposted. I think that only exists in Germany. Then we went back down via the Eselsteig and we reached the Prießnitztal, after which how exactly did we continue? Right, up to the Wittichkreuz, which is intended as an atonement cross to commemorate a former robber baron. But we weren't right at the top yet, because the Kalkhöhe should be today's summit. From here you have a beautiful view all the way to the slopes of the Elbe and even the Dresden TV tower can be seen as a mini pencil in the distance. Past the Cunnersdorfer Linde (a husband used to be executed here because he had beheaded his lady before ... she must have been annoying) we went on dirt roads to the Teufelskanzel. This is a vantage point from which you can see parts of the Müglitztal ... well, as I said, parts of it. Now it goes downhill and you reach another lookout point called "Pilz", where you can easily recognize the namesake due to the shelter. From here and the “Kleine Bastei” view shortly afterwards, you have a good view of the lower glassworks ... certainly unspectacular but no less interesting. Now it is actually only further towards the valley, you pass the German Clock Museum and thus the center of Glashütte and then you have actually already reached the starting point of the hike again. All in all, a tour on extremely quiet and lonely paths, some of which are reminiscent of the Brüderweg in the Tharandt Weißeritz slopes.
January 2, 2022
- Marcel Schaller
Fantastic round over stones and through caves with some hidden places. Beautiful caves on the Quirl were followed by a wonderful ascent through the Nasse Schlucht on Pfaffenstein. In addition to classics such as the Barbarine or the sacrificial kettle, the hidden Goldschmidthöhle and the dilapidated ruins of the former “Falken” mountain rifle association were on the program. The descent through the eye of the needle was later followed by the exciting ascent through the dark Falkenschlucht on Gorisch. The rest of the way then followed the Malerweg back to Pfaffendorf. That was the shortened summary of a terrific round. We wish everyone a nice 4th Advent - stay healthy on your way.
December 18, 2021
- Marcel Schaller
Beautiful winter round over the Gamrig and then to the oven rock. Rathen, lying deserted, was only passed briefly before the rest of the way led us along the Elbe towards Lilienstein. The south ascent turned out to be a smooth climb, but it was definitely the better choice in this direction. A wonderful snow-covered summit with exciting bridges and ladders awaited us at the top. They were pretty borderline due to the ice on the steps, but without adventure it's no fun either. Quickly inhaled one or two mulled wine and a little incense cone at the monument and then we went back down the north descent. In this weather, it can also be run much better downhill than its southern counterpart. Past the memorial of the war and displaced persons camp, it went to Walthersdorf. Here we used the road straight away due to lack of time, which we normally do not really like to do. Great lap on which, apart from the area around the Lilienstein, we hardly met a person.
December 11, 2021
- Marcel Schaller
As avowed lovers of lonely mountain trails, away from the tourist crowds, we have so far avoided the tourist epicenter of Saxon Switzerland - the Bastei. But that we had been doing this for almost 20 years, that was surprising. So the goal was clear on this wonderful winter day, not without adding a few classics from the area. The start was at the Elbparkplatz in Wehlen and the Buschholzstraße led us uphill straight away, only to descend again into the Teufelsschlüte. A short crawl through the Heringshöhle and then we went on through a wintry Uttewalder Grund with its famous rock gate. We left the following grinding ground via the Kluftsteig and the rather overgrown Müllerweg took us to the Zscherregrund by the shortest possible route. That was not the last reason, because the hell ground followed, which brought us back up the mountain. But why linger up there for a long time when the Schwedenlöcher can bring us back down into the valley. This path was only recently re-opened after extensive repairs and is simply wonderful. The connoisseur walks this path down the valley like us, because the bright red faces of the hikers coming towards them are simply funny to look at. Briefly around the Amselsee below and then it went back up. The many wooden steps are great to walk and at some point you stand in front of the imposing Bastei bridge. Of course, the number of people grew a lot and so we first turned into the Rathener Felsenburg. You walk across many footbridges through the magnificent rocky world and get some interesting information about the history of the castle. The Bastei bridge was then also very “pretty” but also quickly crossed because there were just too many people there for me. The rest of the way now led unspectacularly over forest paths back to Wehlen. A short detour to the Wehlen castle ruins and the starting point of the tour was reached again. All in all, a wonderful round and now the bastion has another twenty years of peace in front of me.
December 4, 2021