The first stretch of the trail was the most "populated." It went to probably the most famous attraction of the National Park - the Bastei Brücke [Bastion bridge]. This section was also more accessible - via road and train, so there were some people just hitting up this site without doing much hard-core hiking. I was continually impressed with how well-maintained the trails were, and well-marked (except for a few exceptions the second day...). There were lots of stone and wood steps, and on the really steep parts even handrails and ladders. It's great that they make this trail more accessible to everyone. We saw very young and very old people out hiking. And with the exception of a Spanish-speaking family we passed, we never heard any other foreign tourists - only Germans.
|So hard to capture in pictures this vantage point|
|I think I look a little scared...|
|the trail the first day: from Stadt Wehlen to Waitzdorf|
|from the Garmin: our trail from Day 1|
More photos coming as well as Day 2 of the adventure!