Schloß Pillnitz Sports & Outdoors

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    Hiking: Malschendorf - Friedrichsgrund - Pillnitz

    by german_eagle Written Dec 25, 2013

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    Several glens lead from the plateau Schönfeld-Weißig down to the Elbe river. One of them is Friedrichsgrund glen. Start of the hike is Malschendorf, a quaint farmers' village on the plateau that has recently become a popular residential area for well-off Dresdners who want to escape the bustling city, but still want to live close enough to make good use of cultural activities and shopping etc.

    Anyway, take bus 98B from Weißig or so to Malschendorf (see www.dvb.de for schedules). Take a stroll through the village - there are nice old, timber-framed farmhouses to see there, don't miss the viewing point at the southwestern outskirts (pic 1), then hike down the marked trail toward Friedrichsgrund glen (pic 2). Pretty soon you'll get to Meixmühle, an old mill that has been a popular restaurant for a long time - and still is (pic 3).

    This is where you really enter Friedrichsgrund glen. It is a narrow, romantic glen with a gurgling creek, the trail changing sides quite often (pic 4). The trail, the little stone bridges, benches and a few monuments were built in the late 18th century, when this part of the hillsides including this glen were turned into an English-style park as an addition to Pillnitz Palace and Gardens. Nowadays not too much of the designed park is left, though.

    After a pleasant half hour walk you finally reach Pillnitz main square where you can hop on bus #63 to get back or continue sightseeing.

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    Hiking: Zuckerhut

    by german_eagle Written Dec 25, 2013

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    The so called "Zuckerhut" (sugarloaf) above Hosterwitz is a nice, little known viewing point. The hike starts at the bus stop "An der Obstplantage" ( bus #63), from there head toward the hills. To the right you see Keppschloss, a Neo-Gothic castle from the 19th century (pic 1). Trail passes this castle (now upscale private apartments) and leads up in the woods. Several bends later, after gaining about 100 m elevation, you turn left and walk another 2 minutes flat to the viewing point "Zuckerhut" (pic 2).

    The panoramic view includes the hillsides along the Elbe river until Radebeul's vineyards in the northwest (pic 3) over the city Dresden, the Erzgebirge mountains in the background right in front of you in the south and a glimpse of Saxon Switzerland's flat-top mountains in the southeast.

    The trail continues along the edge of the plateau, with the woods on your right, obstructing the view most of the time, but with open farmland views to the left (pic 4). At some point the trail leads you down until you reach a larger gravel road which you follow (turn right) down to Pillnitz (pic 5).

    Keppschloss and the hillsides above Hosterwitz Zuckerhut viewing point view northeast from Zuckerhut farmland walking down to Pillnitz
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    Hiking: Dichter-Musiker-Maler-Weg

    by german_eagle Written Dec 25, 2013

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    The region between Loschwitz and Pillnitz offers excellent hiking/walking trails. There are many wonderful viewing points at the edge of the plateau, the glens are shady and romantic, the forests and vineyards beautiful - and there are lots of interesting places of culture/museums along the way.

    The marked trail introduced here refers to the many musicians, painters and poets that lived, stayed and walked in the area, e.g. Richard Wagner, Carl Maria von Weber, Adrian Ludwig Richter, Friedrich Schiller and Ludwig Tieck, to name just a few.

    The long-distance hiking trail starts at the Blue Wonder Bridge/Körnerplatz square in Loschwitz and ends at Pravcicka brana in Bohemian-Saxon Switzerland - a distance of more than 100 km. Don't worry, you can walk short parts of the trail, too. My recommendation is not to stick too close to the described/marked trail because there are often lots of other places of interest nearby that you don't want to miss.

    So, I'd start with a ride on the suspension railway from Körnerplatz up to Oberloschwitz for the fantastic panoramic views (pic 1), then walk through the residential area there to see some houses of musicians and painters, continue to the rhododendron park (pic 2) and Royal Vineyard (pic 3). Maybe you're lucky and wine tasting is offered at Kulturterrasse Scholz. Walk down to the picturesque village Wachwitz, walk up to Agneshöhe viewing point (pic 4) and continue via the marked trail to Pillnitz where you might want to visit palace and gardens or have a quick look at the vineyards (pic 5). The trail doesn't end there, but leaves the region described here.

    Bus #63 runs along the foot of the hillsides (every 10 minutes) and you can quit anytime, walk down to one of the villages along the way and hop on the bus which takes you back.

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    Cycling: Alter Bahndamm

    by german_eagle Written Dec 25, 2013

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    A very popular cycling trail runs along the old railway route Dürrröhrsdorf - Schönfeld - Weißig. The narrow-gauge railway was in operation 1908 - 1951, the cycling trail was opened 2002. These villages (not Dürrröhrsdorf), located on the plateau above the Elbe river near Pillnitz, are part of the municipality Dresden since 1999.

    I must admit I was a bit lazy and took the bus from Dürrröhrsdorf to Schullwitz where I started the cycling trip. On the other hand, I continued beyond Weißig via the Dresden Heath / Prießnitz valley and finished in Dresden's old town.

    The trail is well maintained, all asphalt, well signposted and mostly flat with only minor ascends/descents. Easily doable for kids/families/seniors, too. The landscape is mostly farmland, the trail is lined with trees providing shade on hot summer days - perfect. The views are pretty good, too - Saxon Switzerland's flat-top mountains and the Erzgebirge mountains on the horizon, cute villages close by.

    On several crossings you can make detours to other villages on the plateau that are not right on the cycling trail. You can even cycle downhill through one of the glens to the Elbe river / Pillnitz, Wachwitz or Hosterwitz, where you reach the Elbe cycling trail. Possibilities are endless.

    a relic of the old railway route at the place of the former stop
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    Cycling: Elbe Cycling Trail

    by german_eagle Written Dec 25, 2013

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    The Elbe Cycling Trail runs along both banks of the Elbe river, but the trail is not in best condition everywhere so I recommend to alternate between both banks of the river from time to time.

    Coming from Pirna or Saxon Switzerland (upstream) you will best use the well maintained asphalt trail on the left bank, which runs away from the roads always close by the river. The views are not overly exciting at first, but get better as you come closer to Pillnitz. There are a couple of snack places, rest places with benches and beergarden restaurants along the way, all of them highly recommended. In Heidenau you better cross the river by ferry to Söbrigen (pic 1) if you want to explore the area around Pillnitz.

    Take either the Elbe Cycling Trail from Söbrigen to Pillnitz, which again runs right by the river, or head toward to the hills/vineyards above Oberpoyritz (signposted, but not marked as cycling trail). The latter is recommended - more interesting (pic 2). Explore the quaint village Oberpoyritz, have a rest and maybe tasting at winery Zimmerling (pic 3). Continue to Pillnitz Palace and gardens. Here you must decide if you want to spend some more time visiting the palace and gardens, maybe see other sights in Pillnitz/Hosterwitz, or continue on the Elbe Cycling Trail - which leads you around the palace and between palace and river to the ferry to Kleinzschachwitz. Better take the ferry and continue on the left bank of the river via Kleinzschachwitz and Laubegast to Dresden centre (pics 4 and 5), again away from the roads and with beautiful views of the hillsides dotted with vineyards, mansions, houses, gardens.

    Ferry Heidenau - S��brigen Minor road to Oberpoyritz Break at Zimmerling's winery Elbe Cycling Trail at Dresden-Kleinzschachwitz Elbe Cycling Trail at Dresden-Laubegast
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