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To the “balcony” of Saxon Switzerland

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  • Aussicht vom Brand zum Lilienstein
    / Aussicht vom Brand zum Lilienstein
    Photo: © Nationalparkverwaltung Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Aussicht vom Brand
    Photo: © Nationalparkverwaltung Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Brandaussicht
    Photo: © Nationalparkverwaltung Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Brandstraße
    Photo: © Nationalparkverwaltung Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Gasthaus am Brand
    Photo: © Nationalparkverwaltung Sächsische Schweiz
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This hiking trail will take you to the Brand viewpoint, the so-called “balcony” of Saxon Switzerland. Here, the landscape ends in a sheer drop, and you can look down into the deep Polenz Valley. The location is exposed, and views down into the canyon-like valley and into the landscape beyond are truly spectacular.
Distance 8.3 km
2:25 h
196 m
196 m

Author’s recommendation

The tour is suitable for prams, pushchairs, children and dogs. In addition, if you take the same route back from the Brandbaude, it is also suitable for wheelchair users.
Highest point
357 m
Lowest point
285 m


Hohnstein (337 m)
50.974562, 14.114356
50°58'28.4"N 14°06'51.7"E
33U 437821 5647369



Turn-by-turn directions

Our hike begins at the edge of the village (towards Brandstraße) in Hohnstein. We first follow the road (blue line) in the direction of Brand. At the beginning of the forest, the road turns into Brandstraße, a wide forest road. Straight ahead (blue line) we hike into the "Brand", as the area is called here: In the 18th century, the forest here was devastatingly in flames. Underneath the spreading treetops, the trail leads to the Brandaussicht. In good weather, a fantastic view opens up from here to the table mountains of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and Bohemian Switzerland on the left bank of the Elbe.


In addition to the main view at the restaurant, a detour to the viewpoint "Hafersäcke" is recommended, which offers a view of the "Tiefen Grund". It is also worth visiting the Brandbaude information point. Interesting information on the mountains, waters and sights shown can be accessed via interactive screen presentations. You can also find out about the Polenz Valley and its special features. The "children's corner" of the exhibition entices visitors with a foray into the world of birds. Children can playfully learn how much our native bird species are bound to specific habitats on the screen and with the help of animal specimens.For the way back to Hohnstein, we first take the same path to the green line junction, where we turn left, later pass a small pond and after a few minutes meet the path with the red line marking. Here we turn right. At the next crossroads, keep left and continue on the wide hiking trail to the outskirts of Hohnstein. Once there, we keep to the right and our loop closes.


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Public transport


With S1 to Pirna, from here with bus 237 (direction Sebnitz) to "Markt, Hohnstein" or "Eiche, Hohnstein". The starting point of the tour is approx. 1.5 km to the south.


Parking is available at the roadside or at the car park of the former railway station in Hohnstein.


50.974562, 14.114356
50°58'28.4"N 14°06'51.7"E
33U 437821 5647369
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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8.3 km
2:25 h
196 m
196 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Botanical highlights Flora and fauna Accessibility Dog-friendly Suitable for strollers


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