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Medieval Tour to Neurathen Rock Castle and the Sweden Holes

Short facts

  • start: Kurort Rathen railway station
  • destination: Kurort Rathen railway station
  • medium
  • 6,18 km
  • 2 hours 5 minutes
  • 210 m
  • 312 m
  • 113 m

Where did the Swedish Holes actually get their name?The name goes back to the 17th century, more precisely to the time of the 30 Years' War (1618-1648), when the Swedes roamed the country. They had a reputation for robbing, destroying and plundering everything. So the inhabitants of the neighbouring villages at that time brought their belongings - and also themselves - to safety in the gorges or "holes". The craggy rock formations offered all kinds of good hiding places. The adventurous but also romantic gorge leads us between moss-covered, green walls and jagged rocks over two steep iron ladders and about 700 steps from the Gansweg down to the Amselgrund.


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