Walkers and lovers of nature will find several walking trails around Bad Schandau to suit all fitness levels.
Walk to Ostrau
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Take the path from ‘Badallee’ via ‘Lutherweg’ or just step on the historic elevator that towers 50 metres above the Elbe and was built in 1905 by Rudolf Sendig.
Take in the views over the Elbe valley down to the Lilienstein mountain and continue past the lynx enclosure further torwards Ostrau. There are several good viewing points from which to to see the ‘Schrammsteine’ range. Ostrau also serves as a starting point for walking trails into the Schrammstein and Winterberg rock formations. Take ‘Luther’s path’ (Lutherweg) back into town, passing the ‘Wolfsberg’ to Postelwitz or the ‘Ostrauer Berg’ to Kirnitzsch valley.
Walking tour to the mountain ‘Großer Winterberg’ (552 m)
You start at Lichtenhain waterfall, follow the signs for ,Kuhstall’ and walk on to the small and big mountain of ,Winterberg’. At the top of >>Großer Winterberg<< is a cosy pub to have a bite. Descend towards Schmilka and a bus, ferry or even local train back into Bad Schandau. You could even walk along the river Elbe from Schmilka to Bad Schandau.
Walking tour to ‘Schrammsteine’ and ‘Winterberg’
Take the elevator from Bad Schandau up to Ostrau or walk from the town centre torwards Postelwitz, following signs for ‘Zahnsgrund’. Pass the viewing point ‘Schrammsteinaussicht’, continue via ‘Gratweg’, ‘Reitsteig’ up to the ‘Großer Winterberg’ mountain. Return back to Bad Schandau either via Schmilka or walking past the ‘Kleine Winterberg’, ‘Kuhstall’, Lichtenhain waterfall to the Kirnitzschtal tram.
Walking tour to the Lilienstein
415 m high table mountain
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Leave Bad Schandau in the direction of Rathmannsdorf, turn left towards Prossen; at the end of this little village follow the ‘Kanonenweg’ up to the Lilienstein. After a lot of steps and stairs you will be rewarded with panoramic views over Saxon Switzerland. Descend towards the village of ‘Ebenheit’ and continue towards the town of Koenigstein. Alternatively, you can take the ‘Lottersteig’, which leads you into the spa town of Rathen; from there, you can take the ferry, the train or walk back to base. If you want to use your car, you can drive up to the foot of Lilienstein via Waltersdorf.
Walking tour to the Pfaffenstein
Duration: 3 hours
Take the bus or your car to the village of Pfaffendorf or walk from Bad Schandau across the bridge towards Königstein, ascend via ‘Rietschgrund’ to the spa town of Gohrisch – and from there via ‘Pfaffendorfer Straße’ to Pfaffendorf. Ascend via the ‘needle’s eye’ “Nadeloehr” (more than 100 steep steps and ladders require a good level of fitness). The main attraction of this rock is the famous ‘Barbarine’, a lone-standing 35m high, slim rock. Legend has it that the ‘Barbarine’ is a maiden cursed and turned to stone by her mother, because she didn’t want to go to church.
Walking to ‘Kaiserkrone’ and ‘Zirkelstein’
Go by train or ferry to Schmilka/Hirschmühle, follow the path ‘Aschersteig’ towards Schöna (or go by car up to Schoena and park here). Ascend the ‘Kaiserkrone’ or the ‘Zirkelstein’ and return via ‘Wolfsgraben’ to the villages of Reinhardtsdorf and Krippen and take the ferry from Krippen across to Bad Schandau. This tour offers magnificent views over Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland.
Walking tour to ‘Obere Schleuse’ and boat trip
Duration: 4 hours
Following the signs with the blue stripe: take bus no. 241 to Hinterhermsdorf/Buchenpark (GHs, P) or a car and park at ‘Buchenpark’. Walk along ‘Alter Hohweg’ to ‘Dachshöhlen’ (badgers’ den) to the boating stop at ‘Obere Schleuse’ at the German/Czech border. Take a barge trip (50 min.) and let the guide tell you about the area, its fauna and flora.
Following the signs with the red stripe: Hermannseck (footpath) 1.5 hours – steps up to ‘Schlegelhütte’ and ‘Wettinplatz’, 2 hours – Neuer Hohweg. Or ‘Lehmhübel’ to Hinterhermsdorf, a comfortable path (return home by bus or car) – 3 hours
Walking into Bohemian Switzerland
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Take the bus or ferry up to Schmilka and walk across the border to Hrensko (CZE). Walk up to the ‘Prebischtor’, Europe’s biggest natural stone gate (16 m high, 26.5 m wide), which was formed through centuries-long weathering of the sandstone. Exceptional views! Continue your walk to the village of Mezna and ‘Edmundsklamm’, take a romantic barge ride through the ‘still gorge’ and the ‘wild gorge’ (opened in 1890 and 1898 respectively). Return to Hrensko. We recommend the cycle path along the Elbe to Schöna. Alternatively, take the train. There is also a ferry connection to and from Hrensko.
Ride on the Saxon Bohemian railway
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
This romantic train ride takes you through seven tunnels and across two viaducts. Starting at Bad Schandua or Rathmannsdorf, you will first pass through the quiet Sebnitz valley and arrive at Sebnitz. We recommend a visit to the local flower museum. You can also see how decorative silk flowers are made by visiting the ‘Silk Flower Factory’ and walk back through the valleys of ‘Schwarzbach’ and ‘Sebnitz’ or take the train or bus back.
Alternatively, you could walk via ‘Hohe Straße’ to Lichtenhain, follow the ‘Hörnelweg’ to Lichtenhain waterfall, take the Kirnitzsch valley tram back to Bad Schandau.
Walking to ‘Große Zschirnstein’
The highest mountain in Saxon Switzerland – 562 m
Duration: 3 – 5 hours
Take the bus from Bad Schandau or walk along the ‘Caspar-David-Friedrich-Weg’ to the village of Reinhardtsdorf and further on to the ‘Wolfsberg’. Then follow the ‘Salzleckenweg’, cross the ‘Schlosserhübelweg’ and walk through the woods to the ‘Große Zschirnstein (ca. 5km). Choose the northern ascent to reach ‘Schifferweg’, then follow left to ‘Hirschgrundweg’ which will take you to the village of Kleingießhübel (ca. 3 km). Return to Reinhardtsdorf via the idyllic ‘Wiesenweg’ (ca. 5 km) or ‘Dr.-Jacobi-Weg’ (ca. 3 km).
Walking trail ‘Flößersteig’
Duration: 4.5 hours
Starting point: Bad Schandau, Kurpark – comfortable walking, sturdy boots recommended
Ends at Neumann mill in Kirnitzsch valley
Take the bus no. 241 from Bad Schandau to Hinterhermsdorf or the Kirnitzschtal.
Or walk from Bad Schandau to Beuthenfall (9 km) and from Beuthenfall to Neumann’s mill (7 km)
Follow the signs with the green stripe on white background, total distance: 9 km, with 92 information boards along the way
You can also hop on the tram for parts of this trip. The Kirnitzsch valley tram stops seven times along the Kirnitzsch valley where Neumann’s mill is situated.
The path teaches the visitor about the tradition of raftsmen on the Elbe that started in 1958 and was the first of its kind in Saxon Switzerland. The information boards teach the importance of the Kirnitzsch valley. The walk along the stream takes you through a diverse landscape that shows nature at its best. There are several pubs along the way at which to rest your feet or have a bite.