Germany: Up to the Kuhstall (Himmelsleiter)

Another popular but totally worth wile tour in Saxon Switzerland is the hike up to the Kuhstall. In order to avoid the crowds we started the tour around 8 am at the Lichtenhainer Waterfall parking lot. At that time we were the only car. It is important to start this tour early, as there is not only a huge parking lot but also the last station of the Kirnitzschtalbahn. The train…

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Czech: Into the Edmundova soutěska

As Czech is around the corner from Bad Schandau, we decided to do one hike in the area. Luckily many European borders are open again, including the one to Czech. It is interesting that as a European we do not even think about crossing borders anymore in Europe. It is just a given for years that we can just go from Germany to Czech, or to another European country. Seeing during…

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Germany: Morning hike to the Affensteine

Wald-Geißbart Find the right way Glockenblume This morning should be another 4:30 am challenge but without torturing my family, it became 6 am. The time was right, and we been the only people at the Beutenfall parking lot, where we started this hike. Originally I planned this tour to be around 8 kilometer, but all went a bit different as planned. The first part of the hike was over a wide…

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Germany: Iconic hike to the Schrammsteine (Elbe Sandstone Mountains)

One hike that cannot be missed in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains are the Schrammsteine. There are hikes in various lengths leading up to this iconic rock formation. The Schrammsteine are an elongated, strongly jagged rock group of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. It is located east of Bad Schandau in Saxon Switzerland and lies in the district of Ostrau. In the north they are bordered by the Kirnitzschtal and Hohe Liebe, in…

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Germany: A morning hike to the Sebnitz River

Sumpf-Vergissmeinnicht Purpur-Storchschnabel As the overall area around Bad Schandau is not wide, it is possible to start nearly every hike in the surrounding area. Same is true for the towns of Altendorf, Mittelndorf and Lichtenhain. All towns are tiny and mainly quiet, away from the crowds in Bad Schandau. The Malerweg, a long distance hiking trail is connecting all the trails in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The trail is 112 kilometer…

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Germany: Vacation at home (Elbe Sandstone Mountains)

After months in home office, cabin fever got to me. I knew I needed to get out for a few days. As big travel plan will not happen this year, at least not internationally, I needed an alternative. Even that starting from the 1st July most of the European borders are open again, I made a list in my head where I wanted to go in Germany and never did. One…

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Germany: The incredible Elbe Sandstone Mountains

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains (in German "Elbsandsteingebirge") are located in Saxon Switzerland, in the east part of Germany. Mainly it is known for the rock formation Bastei but it has so much more to offer. It is a gorgeous region in Germany, with endless hiking and climbing options. As a kid I was to that region with my parents a couple of times, sadly I was too youngto appreciate the beauty…

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