The weather reports were not very promising for this long planned hiking tour of the Welcome Center: Rain in the morning and thunderstorm in the evening. Nevertheless, we took the risk and it was worth it.
Having started early in the morning under a cloudy sky in Dresden we commuted to Freital Hainsberg where we changed the regular train for an old steam train, the Weißeritztalbahn. This very special vehicle took us on a short but intense nostalgic trip through the, by then, sunlit flora of the Rabenauer Grund. For some of us the ride was like the Baraks Valley Express-scene in the Bollywood-movie Dil Se – only, and maybe sadly, without the dancing. After having reached our destination, the over 100 years old river dam Malter, we started our 4-hour hike through the Rabenauer Grund back to Freital.
The comfortable route along the river Rote Weißeritz impressed with an idyllic atmosphere. Planned – as well as unplanned – detours along the slopes brought us to some wonderful spots with views from the plateau into the gorge. A stop for lunch at the restaurant Rabenauer Mühle as well as a short bath in the cold Weißeritz were welcomed breaks from the long walk.
The highlight of the tour – or the strains – was a last short detour through the gorge near the village Somsdorf and the steep climb up to the interestingly named rock formation Teufelskanzel (Devil’s Pulpit). After having snapped a last group picture we continued our tour back to Freital. Some of us were eager to catch the train back home and to their well-deserved recreation whereas other enthusiastic hikers continued for another one-hour-trip to the nearby small town Tharandt. There we finished the trip with ice cream and coffee at café “Bahnwärterhäusschen”, and, in spite of the weather reports, without any rain or thunderstorm.
For the more beautiful pictures of our tour please take a look at Laércio Dias’s flickr profile. Do not forget to check out his other snapshots, too.