From Brand, we head directly to Rathen along the red route. At first, we continue along Brandstrasse road, then the marked route heads left and descends through the Schulzengrund sandstone ravine to the base of Polenzthal Canyon. We follow the valley for a short while past the Walterdorfer Mühle former mill, and then the red route climbs to the left to the road (a small parking lot, views of Gamrig cliffs and toward Bastei), and again downward along a forest trail to Kurort Rathen. Take the well-known road among lodging houses to the ferry – see longer variant.
This route can be completed in 3 hours (without stops).
Places of interest on the route:
Tiefer Grund Valley
Brand lookout – Saxon Switzerland Balcony
Hohnstein – city
Hockstein lookout tower
Bastei – lookout, rocky bridge
Neurathen cliff side castle
Felsenbühne Rathen – cliff side theatre
Kurort Rathen resort
Main route - Porschdorf TRAIN STOP – Brand 2.5 – Hohnstein, parking lot 5.5 – castle (views from the castle complex) 6.5 – Polenztal 8 – Hockstein 9 - Švédské Díry (Swedish Craters) 14 – Bastei 16 – Rathen, ferry - Rathen TRAIN STOP 17 km
Variant 1 - Porschdorf TRAIN STOP – Brand – Walterdorfer Mühle – Rathen, ferry - Rathen TRAIN STOP 8 km
- On foot
- Medium difficulty