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    Hiking: Mt. Hochwald

    by german_eagle Written Sep 8, 2014

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    A visit of Mt. Hochwald is a *must*. You can easily get there from Oybin by taking the "Gebirgsexpress" bus, but how boring would that be? And it's like cheating! :-)

    No, if you are able to hike, then do it. From Oybin at ca. 400 m to Mt. Hochwald at 749 m it is an elevation difference of 350 m - doable in my opinion. There are several hiking trails up to the top. My favourite combination is as follows:

    Up the yellow marked trail to Kammloch (like for Felsengasse-Scharfenstein hike), from there turn right (west) to Mt. Hochwald. You pass the road Oybin - Lückendorf, then hike up right along the German-Czech border to the top. I found it funny that the borderstones stand some metres away one from another, so you seem to move in no man's land for a while (pic 2). After about 1:30 hrs you will arrive at the top.

    Hochwald mountain has two peaks, in only 200 m distance from each other, I recommend you go to both. Pic 3 shows the view from the northeastern peak, actually from the viewing tower's top, toward the other peak with the mountain hut and the Lausitz mountains in the Czech Republic in the background.

    Walk down another trail: Follow Ulmensteinerweg and Ankohrweg, cross the road Oybin - Lückendorf, and soon you'll see Kelchstein, a bizarre sandstone rock formation (pic 4). And soon you'll arrive in Oybin. For the hike down calculate another 1:30 hrs.

    Equipment: Solid shoes, the hiking trail up along the border is slippery.

    Signpost at Kammloch hiking trail along the German-Czech border View toward Czech Republic Kelchstein rock formation back in Oybin
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    Hiking: Felsengasse - Scharfenstein

    by german_eagle Written Sep 8, 2014

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    A very nice hiking trail south of Kurort Oybin is called "Felsengasse", the German name refers to an "alley beetween rock formations" - which is perfectly right. You get to the trailhead "Kammloch" (pic 1) by walking up from Oybin the yellow marked trail (about 45 min. I'd say) or, shorter and with little elevation difference, from the upper parts of the village Lückendorf, where you can park your car if you need to.

    The trail starts with rock formations called "Muschelsaal" (pic1), refering to the shell-like eroded sandstone formations there. While walking uphill in the woods you see other interesting sandstone rock formations, too, to both sides. Don't miss the viewpoint "Mönchskanzel" (monk's pulpit) to the left (pic 2). It offers a fantastic view of the whole valley of Oybin and the surrounding mountains. Shortly later you get to Scharfenstein, which is called "Matterhorn" of the Oybin valley (LOL). It is indeed a very prominent, interesting sandstone rock formation, like a needle that towers above the surrounding woods. You can climb it on iron ladders, it provides excellent panoramic views (pics 3, 4). Just at the foot of the rock formation is a nice picnic place with quite a good view, perfect for those with fear of heights :-)

    A few minutes later you get to a crossing of trails. You need to decide if you want to continue the hike along the mountain crest toward Mt. Töpfer (mountain hut) or hike down to either Kurort Oybin or Lückendorf.

    All in all the hike takes about an hour from the trailhead at Kammloch to this trail crossing. Add another half hour to the train station in Oybin and the 45 min. to get from Oybin to Kammloch first, and you see it's just a half day for this hike.

    Equipment: Solid shoes are recommended, the trail is rocky and in parts (ascent/descent in particular) a bit slippery. Bring a picnic, no huts/restaurants along the way. A map is helpful, but not really needed - perfectly marked and signposted trails.

    Start of the trail M��nchskanzel viewpoint view from Scharfenstein view from Scharfenstein arrival in Kurort Oybin
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    Hiking: Jonsdorf - Oybin

    by german_eagle Written Sep 7, 2014

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    A very easy hike for the start - more a walk - on "Thomasweg" takes you from Kurort Jonsdorf to Kurort Oybin. We did this on a day trip to the Zittau mountains from home. Reason was that the narrow-gauge steam trains run from Zittau to both small towns and you can start in one and finish in the other and easily go back to Zittau.

    "Thomasweg" starts at the train station in Kurort Jonsdorf at an elevation of 450 m, first takes you up the hill with nice views back of Jonsdorf and Mt. Lausche (pic 1), then relatively flat through the woods, passing Spitzer Stein sandstone rock formation (pic 2) to a crossing of trails and bus stop (pic 3), which is the highest point of the hike at about 560 m. You continue on "Thomasweg" toward Kurort Oybin and about 15 minutes later you get a beautiful view over the town and to Mt. Hochwald (pic 4). Soon you reach Oybin and walk through the town (pic 5) to the steam train station.

    The whole hike/walk takes maybe 1:30 hrs, but definitely not longer than 2 hrs.

    Equipment: Nothing special. Comfortable (sports) shoes are fine.

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    Cross-country skiing

    by german_eagle Updated Sep 7, 2014

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    What I prefer over downhill skiing is cross-country skiing. And the mountains south of Zittau are just perfect for that! A first look at the topography might make you sceptic, but believe me, there are many well groomed cross-country trails all over this area, connecting the villages with each other, leading from mountain hut to restaurant to hotel.

    There is a trail mostly along the German/Czech border called "Kammweg" (means trail on the crest). Elevation is always above 500 m (which makes it quite snow reliable). This trail leads from the western to the eastern end of the Zittauer Gebirge - experts can do it in one day, beginners and intermediates split it in two parts and stay overnight in Jonsdorf e.g.

    But there are easy and shorter trails around all the other villages as well. No shortage of groomed cross-country trails! On pic 4 you can see the trailhead of the "Jeschkenblickloipe", meaning "cross-country skiing trail with view of Mt. Jested" - which hits the nail on the head, the mountain in the background is Mt. Jested in the Czech Republic.

    No charge for using the groomed trails.

    Please see the tip on cross-country skiing on my Grossschönau-Waltersdorf page as well.

    Equipment: Bring your own or rent in one of the sports shops/rental stations - Zittau, Waltersdorf, Jonsdorf or Oybin.

    Groomed Cross-country trail Groomed Cross-country trail Groomed Cross-country trail Groomed Cross-country trail: Jeschkenblickloipe
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    Rowing

    by german_eagle Written Aug 14, 2005

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    For those who do not want to do extreme sports, but spend some time in a beautiful landscape with outdoor activity is rowing a good alternative.

    There is a small lake, rather a pond, in Jonsdorf in the Zittauer Gebirge where you can rent a boat for little money. It is fun rowing for a half hour and then sitting in the neighbouring beergarden and watching the others :-)

    Even the kids enjoy the rowing.

    Equipment: Rent a rowing boat in the restaurant "Zum Gondelteich" (actually in their beergarden).

    rowing on the (very) little lake
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    Climbing

    by german_eagle Written Aug 14, 2005

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    The bizarre sandstone rock formations in the Zittauer Gebirge are perfect for climbing. Although not as large and famous as those in the region south of Dresden (Saxon Switzerland) they attract a lot of locals who like outdoor activities.

    On the picture you can see a well maintained "Klettersteig" (climbing route with fixed iron hooks etc.) near Jonsdorf at a rock formation called "Nonnenfelsen". It is very popular especially among intermediate climbers. It is 350 m long and takes about 30 minutes.

    Equipment: Bring your own or rent in sports shops in Zittau, Jonsdorf or Oybin.

    For more information ask the DAV section Zittauer Bergsteigergemeinschaft.

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    Hiking in the mountains

    by german_eagle Written Aug 10, 2005

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    The Zittauer Gebirge (mountains) south of the town, right on the Czech border, is excellent for hiking/walking. It offers more than 100 km of well marked and maintained hiking/walking paths, from short walks to day hikes.

    The elevation of the villages in the valleys is about 400 m, the mountain tops reach almost 800 m (Lausche 793 m). The paths to the tops are sometimes quite steep due to the topography of the mountains - former vulcanos! There are also bizarre sandstone rock formations to find - but this is another tip (climbing).

    However, do yourself a favour and hike to one of the mountain tops - the views are fantastic. You can see far into the Czech Republic to Mt. Jested above Liberec (1020 m) and the Jizera Mountains (1122 m), with good luck you can even see the Krkonose (1602 m).

    Equipment: Nothing special needed. Bring good shoes, preferably hiking boots, but jogging/sports shoes are sufficient.

    Hiking near Jonsdorf
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