Rondrit Sachsische Schweiz Westelijke zijde
Published: 25/12/2019
View on mount Lilienstein and the Elbe river
This ride is part of a journey that lasts approximately 3 weeks. In June 2018 I visited Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic with my partner. This is the 9th trip of this holiday and is a tour through the Western part of the Sachsische Schweiz, on the border with Germany and the Czech Republic.

This route gets 4 stars from me, because you drive along beautiful rock formations, through forest and over hills. It is a wonderful day of touring with varied sights along the way that you can choose from (both cultural, sporting and beautiful viewpoints). The route eventually scores somewhat lower, because the road surface is not always good, certainly on the Czech side. You can regularly (status 2018) come across roads where the asphalt is damaged.

If you have spent the night at Gasthof zur Hoffnung, you will leave from Hinterhemsdorf in the direction of the West to Sebnitz. This is a small town known for the silk artificial flowers that are produced here. Nowadays, salmon is swimming in the river of the same name, which flows through the city.

Because there is plenty to see along the way, today we only drive briefly through this town to continue the route to the first attraction along the route: Schloss Hohnstein. This castle dates from the year 1353 and towers high above the town. In the center you can park your car and from there walk past some beautiful wooden houses to visit the castle. Here you will find two museums; one about the history of the castle and the city. The other about the salmon in the region. You can also climb a lookout tower here to take in the surroundings well. Check the castle's website for opening times and admission prices.

After this cultural interruption you can "get to work again". Immediately after leaving town of Hohnstein you will drive over a number of delightful hairpin bends, after which you will eventually turn onto the road towards the Lilienstein mountain.

On your way to this mountain you first pass the "Ziegenrücken" viewing point. This stop along the S163 offers a view of the Elbe river and valley with the village of Rathen and the famous Bastei rock formation. I didn't stop here myself. If you stop here for a photo and my information is incorrect, I would love to hear from you.

After this photo stop you continue to Waltersdorf. If you enjoy walking, you can turn right in the village and follow the signs to a parking lot from where you can walk further to the Lilienstein mountain. Keep in mind that this is a walk where you can fill a (large) part of the day with. Definitely worth it because of the beautiful view and the rock formations along the way. Lilienstein is one of the most famous rock formations in the Sachsische Schweiz and is therefore a symbol for this area. It is a table mountain located on the right bank of the Elbe. From the parking lot there are several easy walks to and on the mountain, with a number of special viewpoints.

If you continue the route, you will cross the Elbe river at Bad Schandau and enjoy more than 45 minutes of fine winding roads through the nature reserve, after which you will eventually arrive in Bad Gottleuba-Berggießhübel. Here are two restaurants where you can take a break. You can choose delicious sweet dishes at Konditorei Schönbach or hearty dishes at Gasthof Hillig.

After this break you continue driving towards the West. Before you head south to enter the Czech Republic, you will come across 3 more sights.

First you see Schloss Kuckuckstein. This castle cannot be visited, but it towers prominently over the village. It is believed that construction of this castle started around 930. The castle was built as a border fortress, which also explains why it was eventually named "Cuckoo". This bird is regularly seen on coats of arms and is a symbol of vigilance. If someone has been able to find a nice photo spot, I would like to receive the RP so that I can add it to the route.

Secondly you pass the ENSO egg channel Altenberg. This ice rink is used for (international) bobsleigh races. You can look around here and - if you dare - ride a bobsled, up to a maximum of 140 km / h.

Finally you will arrive in Rechenberg. Here you will find a castle ruin on the right side of the route with the local brewery hidden behind it. This is one of the oldest private breweries in the Sachsen region, and offers the opportunity to take a look. In the brewery museum you naturally also have the option to participate in a beer tasting, with or without a hearty meal (Grillhaxe mit Sauerkraut). Please contact us in advance to check whether the museum is open.

After Rechenberg you finally finally go down to the South and cross the border at Český Jiřetín. Then you drive back to the East via the Czech Republic. You will soon pass the Fláje dam. You can park here to take a photo of this 56 meter high dam. There are also limited options for visiting the inside of the dam. For more information you can visit the visitor center near the parking lot.

Further on in this area you will come across a number of modest ski slopes. Modest, because the mountains barely exceed 1000 meters (eg Bradáčov, Liščí vrch, Pramenáč and Rudný vrch). These areas are therefore mainly visited by families from the area. Also keep in mind that in this area the quality of the roads can be disappointing, so your average speed on the engine will also go down.

On your way to the last ski area (Ski Areal Telnice) you will pass the Fürstenauer nature reserve (RP25) in Germany. This road section still contains memories of the cold war. Along the way you will come across signs with the text "pozor statni hranice", or "be careful, state boundary". On the shortest part it is perhaps less than 50 meters to the border with Germany.

Eventually you will arrive in Ski Areal Telnice with the ¨Chata u Vlaku¨ break. You can perch here on the terrace and recover from all the impressions.

The last part of the route has arrived. This part is especially enjoy driving. Along the way you drive over winding steering roads through the nature reserve of northern Bohemia. After a while you arrive in Děčín, with a view of the castle of the city and the Pastýřská stěna ("Shepherd's Wall"), one of the Elbe sandstone rock formations.

Here you continue the route along the Elbe river, back to the North and Germany to the end point Gasthof zur Hoffnung. Along the way you have the option to fill up your gas tank before you end the route.
Hohnstein Castle in winter
ENSO Eiskanal Altenberg
Useful links:
Gasthof zur Hoffnung
Burg Hohnstein
Rechenberg Castle Ruins and Brewery
ENSO Eiskanal Altenberg
Fláje Dam information centre

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About this route collection
This collection of routes is based on a 3-week vacation that I rode with my partner in June 2018.

The journey goes through Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and a piece of Germany. In total there are 11 driving days, a combination of touristic tours and routes from A to B. All routes avoid the highway and go exclusively on the smaller roads, which makes it a beautiful and varied journey.

Along the way you regularly come across sights, where you can stop to look around. These vary from beautiful viewpoints, to museums and special buildings. You also visit various national nature parks along the way, such as the Tatra Mountains, the Giant Mountains, Eagle Mountains, Krkonoše and Bohemian Switzerland. Because the overnight places are often also located in these areas, you can alternate the driving days with days with wonderful hiking trips.

If you only want to ride a motorcycle, then this collection can also be done in 2 weeks (including a return trip from the Netherlands).

The routes themselves can be challenging from time to time, particularly because the quality of the road surface in Eastern Europe - especially on the small country roads - is not always good. In June 2018 all routes were on paved roads.