State-recognized resort and the home of puppetry
The picturesque town of Hohnstein is located on the edge of the Saxon Switzerland National Park and offers an ideal starting point for recreation with Hohnstein Castle and over 70 kilometers of marked hiking trails.
The castle town of Hohnstein with its districts Cunnersdorf, Ehrenberg, Goßdorf, Hohburkersdorf, Kohlmühle, Lohsdorf, Rathewalde, Ulbersdorf, Waitzdorf and Zeschnig is located on the edge of the Saxon Switzerland National Park, embedded in the unique beauty of the forest, rock and river landscape of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Hohnstein and its districts are state-approved resorts. The hiking trails are well developed, signposted and marked with distances and times. A special hiking trail is the nature trail around Hohnstein.
Hohnstein Castle is the town's landmark and attracts many visitors. Half-timbered houses from the 18th and 19th centuries characterize the townscape. The oldest half-timbered building in the town is the town hall. The Hohnstein town church is one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Saxony. In 1724 the church had fallen victim to the devastating town fire and was rebuilt according to the plans of the famous council chamberlain George Bähr.
Max Jacob made the Hohnstein puppet show world famous as a hand puppeteer in 1928 at the castle and later in the specially built puppet show house. To commemorate the art of hand puppetry, an annual puppet show festival is held.