Euroregion Elbe/Labe

Großer Zschirnstein

Great view of Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland and the Eastern Ore Mountains

At 562 m, the Großer Zschirnstein is the highest mountain in Saxon Switzerland. It rises as a slightly sloping table mountain from north to south, and then drops steeply from the highest point. From there you have a great view of approx. 270 °. It extends from the Schrammsteinen in the west over Bohemian Switzerland, the nearby Hohe Schneeberg and the Bohemian Central Mountains to the Eastern Ore Mountains. When visibility is good, the Ještěd near Liberec can be seen, easily recognized by its tower as a white tip. A large information board helps to classify the recognizable landmarks.

Since 1865 there was a so-called Nagelsche column on the summit, which was used for land surveying in the 19th century. Today there is a copy because the original was lost.

The Saxon-Czech border runs almost directly below the Großer Zschirnstein. On it lies the Elbe Sandstone Forest Trail in this section, on which you can hike in a wild and romantic way to the Elbe.

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01814 Reinhardtsdorf-Schöna


We recommend the hike from Schöna train station directions_railway directions_bus via the Gelobtbachmühle directly on the border (approx. 9km and 3.5 hours). This is the most beautiful option, which initially leads along the Elbe cycle path, but then through the wild gorge of the Gelobtbach.

The shortest route from Schöna train station is about 7 km long and takes about 2:45 hours.

From the bus stop "Schöna, Dorfplatz" directions_railway directions_bus it is only about 6 km, which takes about 2 hours. This saves you the strenuous climb out of the Elbe valley.

The nearest bus stop is "Kleingießhübel, Wendeplatz" directions_railway directions_bus. From there it is only 3.5 km, but due to the climb you still have to allow 1.5 hours.

There are also larger parking lots near both bus stops. Two small parking lots for hikers are a little closer.

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