Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Malerweg II: Hiking in the Sächsische Schweiz

Tuesday morning the Pension had breakfast 8:00-9:00, so we got an early start after a great German breakfast: warm rolls, jams, cheese, meat, honey, nutella, muesli, a soft-boiled egg...For the second leg of the journey we went through forests, fields, and then back into the more difficult terrain of the National Park. This section of our hike had some of the most spectacular views...but you had to earn them through lots of climbing!

Animal sightings: field mice, cows, goats, sheep, and, DAD, 2 deer!!

We came across a few trail sections that were not quite as well marked...including one section where we weren't quite sure which side of the creek we were supposed to be on. Had to do a bit of trailblazing, and crawl on our bellies under an electric fence...but we made it out okay and back onto the main path. :)

some Bratwurst for lunch

 After a huge climb involving stairs and ladders, we arrived at the Schrammsteinaussicht...an amazing 360 degree outlook, waaay above the treetops: 417 meters, or 1,300 feet up. It was beyond words and pictures. So beautiful.

chocolate bar break

last view from the top before it goes down to Elbe-level
Ende. after 40km in 2 days
putting our feet in the Elbe after the hike
Andy swimming in the Elbe
the victory photo
putting the feet up
We were not really "roughing it". At night we showered and slept in a clean bed... for almost every meal we had something wonderful. But the last meal was the cherry on the top of a great trip. We happened to end up on lounge chairs at a café overlooking the Elbe, which was a Bio-Restaurant with amazing food. Some of the best food I've had in Germany.
the hike.

Jessica walking along the train platform

some stretching on the train platform


  1. Tante MargueriteJuly 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Was ein Uterschied macht eine Tag!!!

  2. Railings to keep hikers from the dangerous areas...not like the trail along the cliffs of the Baltic! Your hikes were long...how do they compare in difficulty to the Superior Hiking Trail?

  3. Yeah, the railings were novel and fun, so I probably have more pictures of them than the parts of the trail with just forest bed and tree roots... :) I thought it was good though because they made really high areas accessible and safe--so you were able to reach very high points on the trail without it being too scary. I think there was probably more elevation change than the Superior Hiking Trail, but I'm not sure. We'd have to look at the maps. You have more experience hiking in MN than I do. :) Some of the climbs were pretty difficult though. You get out of breath and our knees/legs were shaky by the end of the day.