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From Freital along the Rote Weißeritz river through the Rabenauer Grund region

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  • Die Arthur-Lohse-Brücke im Rabenauer Grund.
    / Die Arthur-Lohse-Brücke im Rabenauer Grund.
    Photo: Matthias Sengenberger, Outdooractive Redaktion
  • / Herbst im Rabenauer Grund
    Photo: Tilo Harder, Stadt Freital/Tilo Harder
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This hike takes us from Freital-Coßmannsdorf along the Rote Weißeritz through the Rabenauer Grund to Spechtritz. With the historic Weißeritztalbahn we go back to Freital.
Distance 6.6 km
1:30 h
93 m
5 m
The Rabenauer Grund is the most famous gorge in the foothills of the Ore Mountains. In this 80 m deep notched valley you can find many beautiful rock formations as well as unique flora and fauna. For example, the fire salamander is at home here. On our way we pass the historic Rabenau Mill, which today houses a hotel as well as a restaurant.In 1882, the Weißeritztalbahn was put into operation as the second narrow-gauge railroad in Saxony. Today, as the oldest narrow-gauge railroad in Germany, it runs daily in steam service between Freital-Hainsberg and the spa town of Kipsdorf.

Author’s recommendation

The hiking trail through the Rabenauer Grund is well developed and pleasant to walk. Numerous small paths and trails branch off from it and lead to the well-known rock formations, such as the Teufelskanzel  above the Somsdorfer Klamm. Detours are worthwhile, but require surefootedness and good footwear.
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282 m
Lowest point
190 m
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S-Bahnhof Freital-Hainsberg West (189 m)
50.981100, 13.621660
50°58'52.0"N 13°37'18.0"E
33U 403245 5648627

Turn-by-turn directions

Our hike starts at the S-Bahn station Freital-Hainsberg West. From there we cross the tracks on the Somsdorfer Straße as well as the Wilde Weißeritz on the Hainsberger Straße the Rote Weißeritz. At the left turn we go straight ahead and thus come to the station Freital-Coßmannsdorf of the Weißeritztalbahn. Now we turn right on the street "An der Kleinbahn" and walk straight ahead past the shopping center in the direction of the Rote Weißeritz. After a few hundred meters the road turns into the "Rabenauer Grund". A bridge leads us over the river, on whose bank we now keep left and upstream. To our right the rugged rock walls rise and soon we come to the rock tunnel "Nadelöhr", which inspired the painter Ludwig Richter in the 19th century to some paintings. In the river bend the narrow gorge widens a little and we pass a hydroelectric power station. Soon we pass the Arthur Lohse bridge and the entrance to the Theler gallery. The tunnel was once built to search for ore. Then we pass the legendary Nixentump, of which the legend says the following: "Here the old Nix lived, the farmers he helped unpaid. Two beautiful daughters were his, who bleached their laundry finely. But sounded from Lübau Fidelton, are to the lads they escaped. They danced free and unbound and were gone by midnight." We then continue our way along the banks of the Rote Weißeritz and arrive at the Planwiese, at the edge of which benches and tables invite you to take a rest. In spring the tasty wild garlic grows here. Following the meanders of the river, our path winds further to the Rabenau mill, where there is also a stop of the narrow-gauge railroad. The mill, which was first mentioned in a document in 1235, today houses a hotel and a restaurant. South of the mill we continue the trail through the forest and a little later cross the river. We continue to follow the river bank and soon arrive at Spechtritz, where we follow the hiking trail and pass the rest area over a pedestrian bridge to reach the Spechtritz stop.


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Public transport

Take the S-Bahn to Freital-Hainsberg West

Getting there

A4 to exit Dreieck Dresden-West, continue on A17 in the direction of Pirna to exit Dresden-Gorbitz, then on B173 in the direction of Kesseldorf/Freital, turn left onto Kesseldorfer Straße and follow the signs to Tharandt, shortly before leaving Freital turn left to the S-Bahn station Freital-Hainsberg West.


At the S-Bahn station Freital-Hainsberg West


50.981100, 13.621660
50°58'52.0"N 13°37'18.0"E
33U 403245 5648627
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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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Marion Rudek
March 07, 2016 · Community
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93 m
5 m
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