Elbsandstone Mountains - Hicking tips, Climbing paths, via ferrata

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The Elbsandstone Mountains - also known as Saechsische Schweiz - is a true hicking paradise. A wide range from easy walking for families with small children upto challenging climbing tours - all is possible.

Lilienstein - The King of the Table Mountains

  • Start of the hiking tour in Koenigstein (pure walkingtime ca 2 1/2 hours)
  • Ferry over with the current ferry boat over the river Elbe to Halbestadt
  • In comfortable serpentines we walk up to the highplateau Ebenheit
River Elbe loop near Koenigstein
  • Crossing the highplateau Ebenheit on the trail to Tablemountain Lilienstein
  • Using a save stairway called "Steiganlage" we reach the Lilienstein summit
    (the stairway consists of ironsteps with handrail and is savely walkable for children as well)
    Sensational lookout, like out of an airplane window downto the winding Elb river and the citadel Koenigstein
  • Rest at mountain inn Lilienstein with beer garden
  • Descent along the north stairway downto the church trail, Lottersteig and Kottesteig to spa town Rathen
  • As finale of the walking tour a good idea may be a rowing boat trip on the near lake Amsel , over whom the Locomotive (a monumental rock formation) is enthroned
  • Cruise with the paddle wheel steamer back to Königstein
GPS Hiking GPS-Track circular route Lilienstone Table mountain, Rathen, lake Amsel (15 km)
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View to the stairway at Lilienstone Table Mountain
100 years old paddle wheel steamer cruising on the river Elbe near spa town Rathen

Schrammstein lookout

  • Cruising with ship from Bad Schandau upstream to Schmilka
  • Following the Wurzel path through the Heringsground to the Holy Stiege, a comfortable stairway
  • Follow the trail Schrammsteinweg on mountain top, it leads in steady elevation to the Schrammstein lookout
  • Descent along the front Promenade to the Schramm gate
  • Over the Obrigensteig trail we come to Postelwitz
  • Passing the Siebenbuerger houses in Postelwitz leads back to the starting point of the daytour in Bad Schandau

    Hikingmap Schrammstone region
GPS Hiking GPS-Track hiking Schrammstein lookout (16,4 km)

Upper Affenstein trail

  • Driving with car or the Kirnitzsch tramway towards Lichtenhainer Waterfall
  • Near Beuthenfall is the starting point for walking tour to Dietrichsground, Blossstock and lower Affenstein trail
  • Through the Wild Hell climbing up to the Upper Affenstein trail (easy),
    alternativ den Klettersteig (Zwillingstiege) durch das Grosse Bauernloch (extrem difficult, partly only u-iron as climbing facilities available, therefore head for heights absolutely required :o))
  • The view from upper Affenstein trail to the Brosin needle is unique and breathtaking.
  • After Surrounding the Affenstein massif on the panorama trail we make a side trip on the long Horn to the highest viewpoint (590 m)
  • From long Horn we walk back towards Frienstein (front side Raubschloss)
  • On the Koenigs trail or Heide trail we come back to the starting point

    Hiking map Affenstein region
GPS Hiking GPS-Track hiking upper Affenstein trail (8,6 km)
Via ferrata to Upper Affenstein trail

Kuhstall (cowhouse), small/big Winter Mountain

  • Start of the daytour in Bad Schandau, travel with the nostalgic tramway to Lichtenhainer Waterfall
  • Walking to Kuhstall (cowhouse)
  • Over the foreigner trail to the small Winter Mountain
  • Climbing up to Pavillon
  • Walking along the Reitsteig trail to the Big Winter Mountain
  • Descent to Schmilka with side trip to the Kipphorn lookout
  • With the ship we go back to the starting point in Bad Schandau

Kuhstall, small Winterberg, hidden Raubschloss

  • Start of the daytour in Bad Schandau, travel with the nostalgic tramway to Lichtenhainer Waterfall
  • Walking to Kuhstall (cowhouse)
  • Walking along the foreigner trail to small Winter Mountain
  • Climbing up to Pavillon
  • Descent downto Heringsloch and the Baerenfang towers
  • Spectacular climbing up over shaking ladders inside the Raubschloss upto the summit plateau
  • Passing the Zeughaus on the way to Lichtenhainer Waterfall
  • Travel with tramway from Lichtenhainer Waterfall back to Bad Schandau
GPS Hiking GPS-Track of hiking tour to hidden Raubschloss (14 km)
GPS Track Upload the Cowhouse and hidden Raubschloss roundtrip as Track direct into your Garmin GPS
Ladders inside the Raubschloss

Pfaffenstein with Barbarine

  • Start in Koenigstein, district Pfaffendorf (pure walking time ca 2 hours)
  • Over the stairway and through the eye of a needle up to the Pfaffensone Plateau with mountain inn
  • Most spectacular is the southview with the Barbarine, landmark of the Elbsandstone Mountains, first climbed in the year 1905
  • Descent westwards and along the foot of Pfaffenstein Mountain northwards leads us back to the starting point in Pfaffendorf.
GPS Hiking GPS-Track hiking to Pfaffenstein Mountain (3 km)
GPS Route Upload Pfaffenstein roundtrip as Route direct into your Garmin GPS
GPS Track Upload Pfaffenstein roundtrip as Track direct into your Garmin GPS
Stairway to the eye of a needle on Pfaffenstone

Climbing in Biela valley

  • Starting point Ottomill
  • Closeup watching the climbers in action
  • Walking tour to Grenzplatte
Climbing children at training Climbing in Biela valley

Imperial crown and Zirkelstone Mountains

  • Driving from Bad Schandau above Reinhardtsdorf to Schoena
  • Over the stairway with iron steps and iron handrail (attention at thunderstorm) we reach the summit of the Zirkelstone Table Mountain,
    The Lookout is fabulous

Prebisch gate

  • Walking from Hrensko to the Prebisch gate
  • Canoeing in the Wild Klamm (gorge) and the Edmundsklamm
GPS Hiking GPS-Track Walking to the Prebisch gate (19,2 km)

Due to the outstanding build and signed trails hiking in the Elbsandstone Mountains is a pleasure.
Stairways, ladders and miscellaneous climbing facilities enable the walking over dangerous locations without climbing experience, climbing KnowHow and safety ropes.
So for the walkers and hikers is opened up a fantastic alpine world, which is everywhere in the world reserved for the professional climber.


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