On the Pfaffenstein with Needle Eye & Sacrificial Cauldron
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At the top, after a short break, you should turn left at the next junction, where the breathtaking view of the Gohrisch and the Papststein awaits. Back on the main trail, continue until you reach a turnoff that leads to the "Opferkessel", a cauldron-shaped depression that was probably formed during the last Ice Age. Here again a wonderful panorama reveals itself.
Back on the hiking trail, the route continues to the inn on the Pfaffenstein with its observation tower. There you can take a break and enjoy the delicious food and drinks on offer.
Thanks to good signposting, the path to the Barbarine is easy to find from this cosy resting place. After numerous steps and a dark crevice, the view opens up to the "Stone Virgin". Now walk back in the direction of the inn and then turn left at the first junction, down the gorge path. It finally leads back to the starting point.
All in all, a moderately difficult circular hike, very varied with wonderful panoramic views.
Safety informationPlease note: in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, only marked trails may be used in the core zone! Fines may be imposed for violations.
Tips and hintsTourist info Königstein:
+ 49 (0) 35021 68261
S-Bahn S1 to Königstein, continue with bus 244 a to Pfaffendorf, village centre or with bus 244 only to Gohrisch and continue on foot along the Malerweg (approx. 40 min.)
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