A travel guide to hiking the Forststeig


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In October we hiked the 100 km long trail called “Forststeig” in Saxon Switzerland. It has been developed by Saxony Forestry Services and partners and was opened in April 2018. The hike follows remote landscapes on the left side of the Elbe River, in Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland. Off the beaten paths you’ll find silence and almost no supplies. That makes the hike a challenging one as you need to take food and water with you on most days and that makes your backpack heavier than you’d wish.

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I am sure this seasonal hike, which is open from April til October is beautiful in every season but I especially liked the time we hiked it (October) - being surrounded by colorful leaves and mushrooms.

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This is one of the three newly built bivouacs - the Zschirnstein bivouac.

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By the end of day one we made it to the Taubenteich bivouac right before dawn. There’s firewood and a dry place to sleep - but only if you are the first one at the bivouac. We had company from two old ladies who would hike certain parts of the trail. We set up our tent, slept in there and listened to the fire cracking, when they were still sitting there enjoying the warmth of the fire place.

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The “Großer Schneeberg” in Czech Republic offers a wide view over the woods.

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There is a restaurant on top of the mountain. As it was a little chilly we’d enjoy hot chocolate and a warm meal. Everything tastes better on hikes, right?

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Apart from bivouacs there are also trekking huts you can use for an overnight stay. Before using any of the facilities you need to by tickets beforehand at the information center in the main station of Bad Schandau. They also have detailed maps of the trail for free!

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100 km later we start our final day early in the morning. Right after dusk we pack our backpacks and soak up the sun to and finish the round trip in Bad Schandau again. 5 days in nature felt like 5 weeks in town. Our minds wide awake and the speed being slow we enjoyed a beautiful, demanding and quiet hike.

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For more informations go check: http://www.forststeig.sachsen.de