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Via Ferrata Combination - Elbe Sandstone Mountains

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Via Ferrata Combination - Elbe Sandstone Mountains

When Is the Best Time 

Important for this via ferrata are good weather conditions without snow, ice and rain.
Best months are March until October. Check the weather forecast first! We had to abandon the climbing although we checked it. I recommend to do this only without any chance of rain. I had to climb backwards with heavy rainfall. More crowded in summer, spring and fall less people.

The Kirnitzschtal is very popular and more crowded on weekends and during bank holidays. To get a parking place it is better to arrive early. You always need to pay a parking fee of three or four € (ticket machine).

Via Ferrata
Germany, Kirnitzschtal
Review and Tips 

This via ferrata is a combination of two different "Stiegen". Something special in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Some are similar to a via ferrata, also with iron ladders but unfortunately too many iron bails here. Some parts are secured and climbing gear can be used. Anyway it was great fun. Have a look to Rübezahlstiege, this is more challenging.

Park your car at Lichtenhainer Wasserfall (Waterfall) and walk back to Beuthenfall. Or take the old fashioned tram which starts in Bad Schandau. Both waterfalls are manmade. The Stiegen are not well marked and easy to find. Some of the pictures show you the very few signs. We combined the first part of the Zwillingsstiege with the upper part and the chimney of the Häntschelstiege. This one is better marked but ignore the sign walk straight forwards. On the top we hiked to "Langes Horn" and "Carolafelsen" which is a huge rock. Walk direction "Schrammsteine" which are mentioned in a hike description and worth to see, to climb down across "Kleiner Dom" and "Kleines Prebischtor" back to the car park. This climbing and trail are about 10 km and it takes 3-4 hours without a break.

If you like to do this combination of a via ferrata you need to be experienced and free from giddiness. Get in contact with me and I will send you the GPS data via mail.