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    Take a hike to the Kuhstall

    by yumyum Written Dec 12, 2011

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    Once you arrived at the Lichtenhainer Waterfall you can start your hike to the Kuhstall (cow shed). The hike takes you uphill through a lovely foresty area. The Kuhstall itself is a giant rock arch through which you walk and then you have a fabulous view over the landscape.

    You can then climb up the Himmelsleiter (staircase to heaven) if you are not afraid for more views.

    One of the viewing platforms nearby was closed due to wasps but I climbed into the Schneiderloch (clothes maker hole) which I found quite thrilling.

    After all the excitment you can calm yourself down at the Restaurant Kuhstall which has a self-service counter and you may sit outside. The toilet is down the stairs behind the building.

    We took another path down and around, ending up at the Kirnitzschtalbahn stop "Beuthenfall".

    The whole trip with various transportation modes and the hike made an excellent half-day trip from Dresden.

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    Church Bad Schandau

    by german_eagle Updated Oct 8, 2010

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    The protestant church St. John Baptist dominates the market square of the small town. The tower (built 1645) is a landmark of Bad Schandau.

    The nave was built 1694 - 1709 after the previous one was destroyed by a fire. The highlight of the interior is the stunning altar (1575 - 79), originally made for the church of the Holy Cross in Dresden, then in the Annenkirche in Dresden until 1902. In 1927 it was moved to Bad Schandau. The altar is a major work of the famous sculptor Hans Walther II. Scenes include the last supper, Jesus at the cross etc.

    Worth a look are also the Baroque pulpit with figures of Moses, Salvator and the Evangelists; and a sculpture (Jesus in the rest) from 1500.

    The church - like the town - was severely damaged by the horrible flood in 2002 but afterward beautifully restored.

    Quite frequently concerts are given in the church (organ but also chorus). Please see their website for details.

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    Church Reinhardtsdorf

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 11, 2011

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    This small church is one of the finest examples of rural Baroque style in Saxony. Built in the 15th/16th century it was re-decorated 1675 - 89.

    From outside the windows with their tracery indicate that the church was originally built in late Gothic style. But already the western portal with its figures (angels) makes clear that the visitor will find Baroque decoration inside.

    After I got in I was absolutely surprised by the lovely paintings on the ceiling, the balconies and benches. They are works of Gottfried Scheucker and Johann Georg Walter, finished in 1711. The paintings on the upper balconies depict scenes from the Old Testament, these on the lower ones scenes from the New Testament.

    The altar with paintings and sculptures dates from 1681. The pulpit (1615) is magnificently decorated with figures depicting Jesus and the Evangelists.

    At the southern wall you see another stunning work - a side altar from 1521, with small figures and paintings.

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    National Park

    by german_eagle Updated Jun 11, 2011

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    The National Park "Saechsische Schweiz" with its natural wonders is the reason for most travellers to visit Bad Schandau and the region.

    There are two parts of the National Park, separated from each other: the frontier part (see my Kurort Rathen page) and the rear part. The latter is larger and 'wilder'.

    The National Park provides vast forests, bizarre sandstone formations, rare wildlife experiences, beautiful scenery. Remote places alternate with easily accessible places.

    You better avoid Easter, Whitsunday and school holidays - at least for visits of the easily accessible places.

    Please respect the rules in the National Park: use marked paths only, don't make noise, don't pick wildflowers, take leave garbage there etc.

    See my sports tips for what to do in the National Park also.

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    Neumann's Mill

    by german_eagle Written Aug 30, 2004

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    The Mill

    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.

    Opening times: Easter holidays, 1 May - 30 Oct 10-18 h

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    Königstein fortress

    by himalia11 Written Sep 26, 2006

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    The castle Königstein was first mentioned in the 13th century. In the 16th century, it was converted to a fortress. It had been a war camp, prison and also a spa hospital later. The fortress today is a mixture of lots of buildings of different ages. Most of them can be visited and house some exhibitions, like the Military History Museum, Commandants House, Wine Barrel Cellar etc. Also, there's a little church – the fortress is just like a little village of its own! You can walk almost all around the battlement, which offers you fantastic views on the countryside with the Lilienstein mountain and the Elbe river valley.

    Admission: 5 Euro adults, 3 Euro children/ students, 12 Euro family ticket.
    Photography permission: 1 Euro.
    There's a panorama lift that costs 1 Euro (disabled persons and families with prams are free). However I recommend you walk to the main entrance instead, that's more interesting, you get a better impression of the fortress if you start like this.
    We parked our car at the parking-lot "Eselswiese" and walked up to the castle (about 15 minutes). Parking fee was 2,50 Euro for 4 hours.

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    Lichtenhainer Wasserfall (waterfalll)

    by himalia11 Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Lichtenhainer waterfall

    The Lichtenhainer Wasserfall is located in the Kirnitzsch valley. The waterfall looks nice, but is not that impressive, especially as you only can see it every 30 minutes. They dam up the water and every half hour they open the door for a short time so that you can see the waterfall.
    Next to the waterfall is a restaurant with reasonable prices, and also the streetcar ends here. There's a parking-lot for hikers which is for free, but we noticed that it soon gets full. It's a popular starting point into the national park! There's a map of the national park and recommended trails that include the time you should plan.

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    Upper sluice ("Obere Schleuse")

    by himalia11 Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    In the near of Hinterhermsdorf, you'll find the "Upper sluice". You can take a boat tour on the little Krinitzsch river through the romantic gorge. The guy who carried us was joking at lot, it was very funny! The river there is also the border to the Czech Republic, so the people who sit on the left side of the boat are already in the Czech Republic...
    We went by boat from the landing stage (where is a very small restaurant) until the Upper sluice. There's also a path along/ above the river that you can use instead, if you want. The sluice is more a dam, which had been used by rafts-men until 1965. They collected the water and put the wood into the water, and then they opened the doors so that the wood was swimming down until Bad Schandau. The rafts-men walked along the river as they had to see that the wood doesn't get stuck in the small river, which was a quite dangerous job.

    Boat trip for adults costs 3 Euro (single trip) and takes 20 minutes.

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    Elevator of Bad Schandau

    by himalia11 Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    This elevator was build 1904 by Rudolf Sendig and has a 50 m high free-standing tower. There's a similar but much bigger lift close to Luzern in Switzerland. With this lift you can reach the village Ostrau, but you still have to walk a bit upwards until you reach the first houses. I did not use the elevator (I'm afraid of heights and would get crazy if I had to stand in this glassy cabine or walk on this grid bridge!), but have been on both sides of the elevator, using one of the walking paths that connect Bad Schandau with Ostrau.

    Fees:
    1,50 € single tour, 1 € reduced (children from 6 to 16 years old, bikes)
    2,50 € round trip, 1,50 € reduced
    There are also family tickets and if you've paid the local visitor's tax you also get a discount.

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    Kuhstall (cowshed) and Himmelsleiter (sky ladder)

    by himalia11 Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    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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    Schrammstein Range

    by himalia11 Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    The Schrammstein Range is a group of jagged rocks in the east of Bad Schandau. Our Schrammstein hiking tour was an adventure – mainly because that is not the best place for people that have problems with vertigo! The trail had some ladders, and they scared me... climbing up and down is nothing for me! There's a view point on the rocks called "Schrammsteinaussicht" (295 m over the Elbe river), but we didn't went the last steps to the top, that looked too thrilling. But the view from there must be fantastic! There had been lots of people, usually you don't meet so much people in the national park.
    You'll find lots of hiking trails in this Schrammstein area, and also it is very popular by climbers.

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    National park information centre/ Nationalparkhaus

    by himalia11 Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    'Rock' with animals

    This little museum in Bad Schandau shows information about the formation of the sandstone mountains, and the animals and plants that live in the national park. There are models to visualize it, and microscopes and other things where you can do something. There's a 5-minute slideshow at the beginning and downstairs in the cinema there's a 20-minute multivision show that shows nice pictures of the region and gives you some information about it.

    Open daily from 9:00 to 18:00 from April to October, and daily except Monday from 9:00 to 17:00 from November to March.

    Admission 4 Euro (3 Euro if you've paid the local visitor's tax).

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    Königsplatz – King's place

    by himalia11 Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    This viewpoint "Königsplatz" is found near of Hinterhermsdorf. It's said that this place was the favourite lookout point of the Saxon king Friedrich August II. It's very nice there, you see forests everywhere, really amazing!

    This place can easily be reached from the parking "Buchungparkhalle" in Hinterhermsdorf. There's not much up and down and doesn't take long. However we came from the Upper sluice, and had to go uphill a lot. We did the following tour which took 3,5 hours: Parking - Upper sluice - Hermannseck (if you like it adventurous, try the steep and narrow path through the rock up there...) - Königsplatz - parking.

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    Kleinsteinhöhle

    by himalia11 Written Sep 27, 2006

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    The so-called Kleinsteinhöhle is a cave that is open from both sides and is found in the Kirnitzsch valley, close to the parking site Sturmbauers Eck. The cave is only a few steps from the signed path. The path then goes up with some stairs and from above you also have a nice view. We did a tour the other way round from the parking. We first went to the view point Sturmbauers Eck (nothing outstanding, but a nice view), from there into direction Saupsdorf and then on the hill to the Kleinstein cave. It took a bit less then two hours.

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    Kurort Rathen and the Bastei

    by himalia11 Written Sep 27, 2006

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    The spa town Rathen is situated on the right side of the Elbe river. If you arrive at the train station on the other side of the Elbe river, you already see the rocks next to the town, where is found the well-known Bastei (305 m high). When we walked along the Elbe river, we could see parts of the 76 m long bridge of stone, called Basteibrücke. Closeby are the ruins of the castle Neurathen which can be visited. I guess the view from there must be great, but I'm sure I'd be too scared to pass the bridge. The Bastei area is also popular for rock climbing, we saw several people climbing on the rocks there - that's nothing for me!

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