That's the right place for a hiker - a former B&B with restaurant, built in pseudo-Swiss style in 1896 in totally isolated location in the Polenz valley. The name refers to the mill near the village Waltersdorf, which is on a plateau above the valley (opposite side from Hohnstein). The mill was mentioned in the 15th century, is out of operation since the late 19th century.
Waltersdorfer Mühle offers snacks for hikers and cyclers. Self service, tables are in the lovely garden and in the rustic wooden annex with the large windows (wintergarden style). The family who bought the place some years ago stopped decay and started a gentle renovation. I am pretty sure in a couple of years this will be a gem again.
Open from about Easter to late October from Tue - Sun.
Favorite Dish: We only had a piece of apple cake and coffee. Dirt cheap and tasty.
The mountain hut style Brand-Baude enjoys a fantastic setting on the edge of a forested plateau overlooking the Saxon Switzerland region. It is about 3 km away from the small town Hohnstein, easily accessible in a 40 minutes flat walk.
The place became popular about the year 1800, when a kiosk offered simple food. Soon a first wooden hut was built but replaced in the 1860s by a log-cabin (info-point of the National Park service nowadays). In 1893 a larger house of stone was built, also preserved - it's where the accommodation is offered, dorms but also two double rooms.
The restaurant building was erected in 1877, several times reconstructed, most recent in 2007. It is now very beautiful, cosy ambience with lots of bright wood, an old tiled stove, nicely decorated. If the weather co-operates you can also sit outside.
Open from 10 am on daily. Really daily! Closes about 5 pm in winter, 7 pm in summer.
Favorite Dish: They offer a surprisingly large variation of food. From simple soups over goat cheese and hearty regional food to yummy desserts. I had potato pancake with apple sauce and coffee. Yummy! Very reasonable prices, too.