Kuhstall (cowshed) and Himmelsleiter (sky ladder)
The Kuhstall is a big door in the rock. The name "cowshed" probably comes because during war, farmers have hidden their cows there.
From the Kuhstall, you have a nice panoramic view which is even better if you go on top of the Kuhstall rocks. You can take the Himmelsleiter, which is a metal stair in the rock. I found it a bit thrilling, but you are soon on the top where you can enjoy the view. The way down is easier, and ends at the side of the restaurant that is found next to the Kuhstall. There are some other places that you can discover from there, like the Schneiderloch (tailor hole), but the path was too close to the abyss and I didn't dare to go there.
We started from the parking-lot at Lichtenhainer Wasserfall, went up to the Kuhstall, stayed some time there to discover all the interesting places and went back on another way. This was a short tour of 2 hours.
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Streetcar through the Kirnitzsch valley
There's a streetcar that travels between Bad Schandau and the Lichtenhainer Wasserfall (waterfall), along the river Kirnitzsch. It's a distance of 8 km. The streetcar stops at several places from which you can start your walking tour in the national park. Also, you take the so-called "rafts-men path" in the Kirnitzsch valley. In former times, the rafts-men have transported the wood on the river Kirnitzsch and used this path to take care that the wood doesn't get stuck in the river.
A single ticket for adults costs 3 Euro, a return ticket 4 Euro.
Go up the lift
If you walk into town from the train station you will see a metal life. When you go up the lift you end up in another small village with many small hotels and restaurants.
We stopped in one of the places for lunch which was very good. Traditional German food. Staff were very friendly too.
Neumann's Mill is the only of the many mills in the Kirnitzschtal valley which is originally preserved. It was first mentioned in the 14th century.
The creek provides the power for sawing the boles. In the 19th century the local engineer Friedrich Gottlob Keller invented a method for making paper of wood. Upon request you can see a show of this technology.
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Lift up the hill
In Bad Schandau there is a tower that has a lift that takes you to the top of one of the hills. It is well worth doing this as there is a nice residential area at the top with great views. At the top there are also a number of hotels and restaurants.
BAD SCHANDAU: Pavillons
Some houses at the foot of the steep slope have a pavillon like this high up in their gardens. That must be a lovely spot to have coffee or tea and cake and enjoy the view of the valley.
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