Rafter’s path

Nature trail through the KIRNITZSCH valley

This trail starts in Bad Schandau, where the Kirnitzsch stream meets the Elbe and runs all along the Kirnitzsch valley. Information boards along the way tell you interesting facts about the geology, natural history and the history about raftsmen.

Duration of the walk: about  4.5 hours, comfortable walking, sturdy boots required 

Starting point: Bad Schandau, local park “Kurgarten”

Ends: Kirnitzsch valley, “Neumann’s mill”

How to get there: bus no. 241 runs from Bad Schandau to Hinterhermsdorf through the Kirnitzsch valley 

Two stages:

  • Bad Schandau to “Beuthenfall” (9 km)
  • “Beuthenfall” to “Neumann’s mill ” (7 km)

Signage along the path: green line on a white background
Total distance: 9 km, 92 information boards, walk can be broken off or paused at several stages, seven stops of the Kirnitzschtal tram and local buses pick you up and take you back to Bad Schandau

This nature trail dates back to 1958 and was the first of its kind in Saxon Switzerland. The information provided along the trial underlines the importance of the Kirnitzsch valley in terms of the region’s natural and cultural history. The walk along the stream has many facets and is a joy for nature lovers. There is a choice of several pubs along the way at which to have a bite to eat or rest your feet .

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