Kirnitzschtal Valley – a winter dream

Winter rail adventure and mill romance

Some shaking and squeaking are part of the ride when the old lady tram approaches the bend! Understandable at her age. After all that she has seen: Empires, world wars, flooding, rock falls, mudslides, film productions. The world has changed and so have the outfits of the travellers since the Kirnitzschtal Tram’s maiden voyage in 1898. What have remained are the stunning appeal of the valley and its unhurried means of transport. They both invite you to slow down, in particular in winter.

On both sides of the Kirnitzsch Stream is one of the most attractive and varied winter hiking areas of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.  Some of the region’s most spectacular hiking destinations such as Schrammsteine Rocks, Kuhstall (Cow Stable) Rock Cave, Bärenfangwände (Bear Trap Walls), Hinteres Raubschloss (Outer Robbery Castle) and the Great Basin “Grosser Zschand” are all accessible from Kirnitzschtal Valley. Numerous inns, lodgings and hotels run with great care by their owners are well-prepared all year round to warmly welcome tired and hungry hikers. Great for foodies and city escapists!



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