Hohnstein – Altendorf

The third stage of the Malerweg is about 18 km and goes from Hohnstein to Altendorf.

This is the start of our second stay along the Malerweg. We’ll hike again two stages. First from Hohnstein to Altendorf, then the next day to the Neumannmühle. We’ve parked the car along the road near the Neumannmühle and hitchhiked in two rides to Hohnstein. In Hohnstein we easily picked up the Malerweg trail where we had left it earlier in September last year.

Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf
The city square in Hohnstein
Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf
From Hohnstein the Malerweg follows an easy path that goes around the edges of the rocky forest around Hohnstein.

Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf

Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf
The first panorama view point of this stage of the Malerweg is at the Brand-Baude Bergrestaurant & Herberge.
Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf
Lada enjoying the view from the viewing platform at Brand-Baude Bergrestaurant & Herberge.
Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf
From the hotel the Malerweg continues on spiral stairs.
Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf
It seems we’ll go all the way down!
Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf
Luckily they know very well how to build safe and solid stairs where necesary here in Germany!

Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf

We’ll reach the road in a minute. Then, we had to climb up again on the other side. And this is just a preview of what will be waiting for us tomorrow!

Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf
Arrival in Waitzdorf after a tough climb!
Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf
Before we descend again, the Malerweg still passes some stunning view point with breath taking views. Especially if you are lucky with the sun light.

Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf

Hiking the Malerweg trail in national park Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Stage 3: Hohnstein to Altendorf
A few kilometers before reaching Altendorf we were surprised by a massive building: Goßdorf-Kohlmühle.

The Malerweg continues along the railroad. We didn’t reach Altendorf yet, but the meadow between the railroad and the river was just a great camping spot. The climb to Altendorf can wait one more night.