From Schmilka to Kurort Gohrisch
From Schmilka, the Elbe ferry takes you to the S-Bahn station Schmilka-Hirschmühle. Take the Aschersteig ascent in the direction of Schöna. You meet the Caspar-David-Friedrich round walk (Rundweg); follow this trail through the town as far as Wolfsberg. The path then leads on to Reinhardtsdorf with its beautiful, Baroque-style church, which is well worth a visit. Walk through the village to Krippenberg and then take the Püschelweg path. The Elysiumweg and Koppelbergsweg paths take you to the Liethenmühle mill. Pass the mill and leave the village via the Alten Schulweg. Rejoin the Malerweg until you reach the Papststein (via steps). Once you have reached the summit, you have a descent before climbing another table mountain, the Gohrisch (rock). From here, you take the Muselweg path to Kurort Gohrisch.
Information and detours from the Malerweg
The Kaiserkrone is a 350.8-metre-tall table mountain. The path to the rocky plateau takes you past an information board, which provides information about the view that Caspar David Friedrich made so famous. The picture "Wanderer above the Sea of Fog" was based on a number of sketches from the region.
(Distance 0.6 km | 20 min)
This striking sandstone rock is the smallest table mountain in Saxon Switzerland. The summit has been accessible via steel ladders and steps since 1842. There was a mountain inn here until 1926 when lightning struck and burned everything to the ground.
(Distance 1.9 km | 1 hr)
Rheinhardtsdorf - Schöna
The village was first mentioned in 1379. The village is set amidst a stunning landscape and is dominated by farms and old half-timbered houses. The valleys are home to several mills. A visit to the small museum Heimatstube in Schöna, which features a range of historical artefacts, is worthwhile. Conditions are ideal for walking from here.
The Wolfsberg, with a height of 343 metres, is the landmark of the Reinhardtsdorf-Schöna region. From here, you can enjoy picturesque views of the landscape, reaching right up to the Schrammsteine. The Malerweg leads directly over the Wolfsberg. Today, walkers can find a panorama hotel at the top of the summit.
The "Kellerhaus" Museum is situated in Krippen. It features lots of interesting facts about the beginnings of the paper industry and the inventor of groundwood pulp paper, Friedrich Gottlob Keller, who revolutionised the paper manufacturing industry.
Friedrich-Gottlob-Keller-Straße 76/ Krippen
Opening hours: May-October 9:30 to 11:30 am
(Distance 0.5 km | 10 min)
Hikers can enjoy another magnificent view by taking a small detour to climb the Kohlbornstein. Its airy viewing turret offers walkers panoramic views spanning from the Papststein in the west to the Lilienstein, the Schrammsteine and the Winterberg massif in the east.
(Distance approx. 3 km | 1 hr)
This village, which belongs to Gohrisch, provides walkers and its guests with a wonderful panorama. The Wyndische Heynersdorff was mentioned as early as 1439: Here, "wyndisch" or "windisch" has a similar meaning to Klein or "small". The inhabitants were mainly agricultural and cattle farmers, and forestry workers until the 19th century.
The Kleinhennersdorf stone with its caves is a popular excursion, especially for families. The Lichterhöhle is the largest of the caves and owes its current length of 20 metres to the quarrying of sand. The sand was extremely popular around 100 years ago due to its fineness and was mainly used as scouring sand to clean dishes or polish wooden surfaces.
(Distance 2 km | 30 min)
Steps and steel ladders run between jagged rocky walls up to the 451-metre-high plateau summit. A wooden pavilion was built on the summit back in 1858. Later, it was developed into a mountain inn, which continues to serve delicious food to hikers to this day. It is recommended that you leave plenty of time to enjoy the views from the various viewing platforms.
Various étriers lead you to the 448-metre-tall Gohrisch. A small picnic pavilion is located at the south-eastern end. You can make out the Schrammsteine in good weather. Meanwhile, to the west, you can see two destinations from the next stage of the Malerweg walk: the Pfaffenstein and Königstein Fortress.
Gohrisch is situated on an elevated plain and offers views of the following table mountains: Gohrisch, Papststein and Kleinhennersdorfer Stein, Lilienstein, Pfaffenstein, as well as Königstein Fortress. The village was originally shaped by farming. In 1869, the first summer guests found accommodation here. Nowadays, there is a village shop, a bakery, eateries and hotels.