Elbsandstein Climbing, Hiking and Via Ferrata Fun

I have been climbing, hiking and doing via ferrata a lot in the Elbsandstein mountains recently. I give a short overview of Saxon style climbing and a summary of the main via ferrata in the region.

The Elbsandstein mountains are magnificent! I have been there three times in the last three months, always for extended periods of at least three days up to a week. There is a lot to see. Even though I have been there regularly in the last couple of years, I am surprised that I can always find new and exciting places that I have not visited before.

You have a great overview at the top of Häntzschelstiege.
You have a great overview at the top of Häntzschelstiege.

The Elbsandstein mountains are an accumulation of sandstone mountains near the city of Dresden, located in the very east of Germany. A part of them lies on the German side and is called Sächsische Schweiz, while the second part is called Böhmische Schweiz and stretches along the Northern border of Czech Republic. On the German side, they reach a height of a bit more than 550 m above sea level.

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Ice Climbing in the City

In January we went ice climbing in Berlin at Der Kegel.

Pascal wields the ice tools.
Pascal wields the ice tools.

To do ice climbing, you usually need a frozen waterfall or a glacier. At least you typically should be in some form of alpine setting. Here in Berlin, we do not have all this fancy stuff, and the landscape is pretty much flat. But thanks to the guys of “Der Kegel” we could enjoy our first routes of ice climbing earlier in January.

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Climbing Trip Frankenjura

This is a report of our climbing trip to the Frankenjura, which is one of Germany’s best-known rock climbing areas. We stayed in the small town of Schlaifhausen.

The church on top of the mountain near the climbing spot.
The church on top of the mountain near the climbing spot.

At the end of June, we went on a climbing trip to the Frankenjura. The Frankenjura is one of Germany’s best-known rock climbing areas. It is located in Bavaria and bordered by the cities of Nürnberg/Erlangen, Bamberg and Bayreuth to give a rough idea. The weather was perfect during our stay. It was scorching hot, around 33 degrees Celsius during the day. That was nearly a bit too hot when you are climbing the whole day. Luckily the rocks were in the shade during most of the day.

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