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Stolpen: Hike with a visit to the castle

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  • Burg Stolpen
    Burg Stolpen
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Stolpen a castle legend and its charming surrounding countryside!

Through pretty villages, the mysterious Wesenitz and with beautiful views, the Stolpener surrounding countryside can be explored. Then the mighty castle, which was built on basalt columns, is first circled before you can uncover the secrets about Countess Cosel inside the castle.

Distance 7.7 km
2:15 h
107 m
107 m
337 m
231 m
Markt Stolpen - Schützenhausgasse - Kirchsteig (gelb–grüne Markierung) -  Seerosenteich -  Rennersdorf - Neudörfel - Rittergut - Helmsdorfer Straße - Wesenitztal - Bischofsweg - Obere Straße - Stadtkirche - Aussicht Bastionen - Burg Stolpen - Markt Stolpen

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The basalt columns at Stolpen Castle are remarkable.
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Update: September 08, 2022
Highest point
337 m
Lowest point
231 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 4.40%Forested/wild trail 3.03%Path 7.42%Unknown 85.13%
Dirt road
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
0.2 km
0.6 km
6.5 km
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Opening hours & information: Burg Stolpen
Tourist Information Stolpen


Marketplace Stolpen (316 m)
51.049500, 14.082384
51°02'58.2"N 14°04'56.6"E
33U 435680 5655730
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Marketplace Stolpen

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of our tour is the parking lot on the market square. We walk along Schützenhausgasse and cross Schützenhausstraße. Then we follow the former Kirchsteig (yellow-green marking) to the left of the bus stop along the allotment garden and turn right at the soon following junction in the direction of Rennersdorf/Fischbach (yellow marking). After a small grove, a beautiful view of the castle silhouette and the town reveals itself to us. On the other side, a carefully restored historical building complex, the former Brettmühle, can be seen in the distance.

At the next junction we turn left (green mark) and discover a picturesque little pond overgrown with water lilies. Our path continues to follow the green markings in the direction of Schmiedefeld/Großharthau. A few meters later we see the Wesenitz, which rises in the Lusatian Mountains and after 83 km flows into the Elbe near Pirna.  From here we follow the Wesenitztal hiking trail with a red dot. At the Wesenitztalstraße we turn left and pass the district Rennersdorf-Neudörfel to the crossing at the main road. At the yellow house we turn right.  

We follow the road, keep to the left and walk past the village pond with a small group of boulders. After the unfortunately very dilapidated manor house we turn left again and cross the Stolpener Landstraße. We continue along the Helmsdorfer Straße. After a small group of houses we turn left onto a path between pasture fences, recognizable by a bench. Here the Wesenitztalwanderweg leads through the romantic valley along the small river, which meanders gently. To the left we discover a wooden footbridge on which we reach the other side. 

Crossing a small paved bridge, we take the small path straight ahead, which turns into an imposing hollow path surrounded by woods. This is the old Bishop's Way, the medieval connecting road between the main episcopal residence in Meissen and the secondary residence in Stolpen, which became such a deeply cut hollow way due to the once busy wagon traffic.

A bench with a floral rondel and a sandstone fountain invites you to take a rest before the final stage, before we turn left into the Obere Straße in the district of Stolpen-Altstadt. The Altstädter church is worth a visit. Continue along Obere Straße (blue marking) straight ahead until you reach Pirnaer Landstraße at the school. 

A sign shows us the way left to the city center, which we soon reach via Dresdner Straße and the old city gate. Directly after the gate we keep right and turn right again into the Kirchgasse and reach by steps the town church of Stolpen. Passing the monument on the left, we walk along the promenade path and turn left to the view of the bastions. Continue along the foot of the castle and enter the castle through the gate on the left. After an extensive tour of the castle and the museum, it is not far back to the starting point. We only have to walk down the street from the castle and we arrive at the market place. Who has time and desire can still visit the city museum here.


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Public transport


Bus stop: Stolpen Schützenhausstraße
  • 232 (Montag bis Freitag)
  • Plus-Busline 261
  • Regionalbahn RB 71 Stolpen (+30 min Fußweg)

Getting there

Stolpen is connected via state roads with Dresden and Bautzen via connection to the federal road 6, Radeberg, Pirna with connection to the A 17, Neustadt in Sachsen and Bischofswerda with connection to the A 4.


Parking lot, Stolpen Castle


51.049500, 14.082384
51°02'58.2"N 14°04'56.6"E
33U 435680 5655730
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Hier kaufen: Wanderführer

Author’s map recommendations

Order her: Wanderkarte Dr. Böhm - Stolpen und das Stolpener Land

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2:15 h
107 m
107 m
Highest point
337 m
Lowest point
231 m
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