Just a few steps south of the village, next to the parking at Buchenparkhalle, is the so called "Waldhusche" (pic 1, entrance) - an information/education center of the National Park service. Here you can learn a lot about the nature in the National Park in general and the woods / foresting in particular. The info centre in one of the old buildings...more
Hinterhermsdorf has a cute parish church that is not to be missed even if you only have a short time in the village. It is located on top of a hill with a nice view. Usually it is closed but you can get the key in the small museum "Waldarbeiterstube" which is where the footpath to the church leads up from the street - so you pass it anyway.The...more
The best viewing point around Hinterhermsdorf is definitely Weifberg (478 m). A couple of years ago a tower (height 37 m) was built. The panoramic views are breathtaking.With a little luck you can see even the Krkonose (Riesengebirge) mountains in the Czech Republic (Kotel 1435 m elevation, 90 km distance). The main crest of the Erzgebirge (Ore...more
Deep in the woods, about 3 km from Hinterhermsdorf, is this B&B and restaurant, an old mill as the name indicates. They have 6 basic, spotless clean rooms with (mostly) bathroom down the hall, a cosy, rustic dining room, a beer garden and a nice playground for the kids. When I was a school kid my family went there on vacation for a week in winter...more
It took several trips to Hinterhermsdorf until I found this cute restaurant as it is located a bit off the main street. It is signposted, though, I just overlooked the sign ...On a cold but sunny winter day after a hike to Weifberg this little family run place was exactly perfect for a stop to warm up and have a piece of cake and hot chocolate. The...more
This restaurant is located conveniently to the hiking trails, south of the village on a hill. Parking nearby (fee). It makes a perfect stop after a hike to Königsplatz or a boat ride on the Kirnitzsch at "Obere Schleuse".The ambience is quite like in a mountain hut. Wooden interior. Self service. I love their sunny terrace with good view of...more
Getting to Hinterhermsdorf is pretty easy - if you take the bus. A warning for drivers - the roads are scenic but narrow and windy.
Hinterhermsdorf is served by the OVPS buses which are integrated in the VVO transportation network. This means you buy ONE ticket for the journey from Dresden or Pirna e.g. to Hinterhermsdorf.
From Pirna bus #241 runs via Bad Schandau through the romantic Kirnitzsch valley to H-dorf, from Dresden you'd have to take the S-Bahn train first to Pirna - or you decide on riding bus #261 with runs w/o change to H-dorf on weekends while you have to change to bus #268 in Sebnitz on weekdays. Both buses run frequently in summer but the service slows down quite a bit on weekends in winter (not on weekdays, though, as locals and especially schoolkids commute).
Saupsdorf (pop. about 550) is the neighbouring village to Hinterhermsdorf. It is located on the sunny slopes of Wachberg mountain (496 m), a popular destination for hikers/walkers with fantastic panoramic views. Saupsdorf was first mentioned in 1445 and is part of the municipality Sebnitz since recently. Many old Umgebinde- and timber-framed houses...more
The "Königsplatz", a sandstone rock with an elevation of 437 m, only a short walk (approx. 45 min) away from the village offers gorgeous views of the hills and vast forest in the National Park. From the village turn south towards Buchenparkhalle and from there it is signposted. I went there numerous times, often in fall when the colours of the...more
A worthwhile destination for a short hike ist Wachberg mountain (496 m) above the small village Saupsdorf (see Off the beaten Path tip). Wachberg is not really a solitary mountain but more of an extension of a slightly taller mountain near the border (a few hundred meters away) to the Czech Republic.You can go by bus or drive to Saupsdorf (large...more
Another rewarding hike, and one without meeting many other fellow hikers, is via Lindigt viewpoint to the Thorwalder Wände (Thorwald cliffs). Start is in Hinterhermsdorf, either at Buchenparkhalle parking or in the village proper (bus stop). From Buchenparkhalle you follow the so called "Zollstraße", a gravel road, used by foresters only and closed...more
There are many biking routes around Hinterhermsdorf. However, please note that it is a mountainuous area - it's not for the beginner, mostly quite challenging with a few exceptions.The easy routes lead down to the Kirnitzsch valley, optional with a short detour through the woods around Buchenparkhall south of the village. Here you have the chance...more