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Through the Kuhstall to the Himmelsleiter is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sebnitz, Saxony, Germany that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 1,519 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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The Kirnitzschtal is the starting point for many hikes in Saxon Switzerland. Using the world's first overland tram, the Kirnitzschtalbahn, which went into operation in 1898, you can travel from Bad Schandau to the starting point of our hike at the Lichtenhain waterfall. The Lichtenhain waterfall shoots from over 5m down the water. A particularly impressive spectacle is when the "waterfall puller" pulls the slider on the reservoir above the waterfall and several cubic meters of water tumble down the rocks, which occurs about every 30 minutes. Cross the Kirnitzsch and walk up the Flößersteig through the romantic valley. Hike for about 500m along the road, and then up through the idyllic Knechtsbachtal to the altitude near Ottendorf. You will be rewarded with great views. After the small Sebnitzer district of Ottendorf you come back into the coniferous forest and can take a break on the meadow at the edge of the forest. You return to the Kirnitzschtal. Walk comfortably uphill and reach the Neue Wildenstein with guesthouse, the rock gate "Kuhstall" and the Himmelsleiter. The "Kuhstall" is a huge rock gate, which leads 24 m through the mountain to finally end before the Himmelsleiter. The ladder takes us over narrow steps through a narrow crevice 27m steeply uphill to the New Wildenstein with breathtaking views of the Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland. The descent via concrete stairs is not so difficult. The numerous signposts show you the direction and soon after you reach the destination, the Lichtenhain waterfall.

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