The trekking route marked in yellow begins at the Schöna train station on the river Elbe, runs 100 km to the left of the Elbe predominantly along forest trails and paths as well as logging trails through the bordering forests of Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland, crosses 13 table mountains and ends in Bad Schandau – A complete experience with opportunities for overnight stays in trekking huts and at bivouac sites.
The Forststeig Elbe Sandstone has been developed by Saxony Forestry Services together with Lesy České republiky and many other partners gradually since 2012, and was opened in April 2018.
It is a challenging, multi-day hiking route for trained, sure-footed and properly equipped hikers.
Mostly on forest paths and trails, as well as logging trails, the route passes through remote landscapes on the left side of the Elbe River, in Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland.
It is characterised by spacious, connected forests, unique rock formations and mighty mesas.
During the months of April to October, visitors can hike the hiking route through the forests along the German-Czech border region in 7 days, and stay overnight in trekking huts on the German side and in bivouac spots provided by Saxony Forestry Services and tourism partners.
There is a public campground on route in the Czech Republic.
Safety informationYou need to observe a few rules so that you do not interfere with the nature, the animals and all those people who work for the forest. If you do not observe these rules, the natural environment could be harmed and the project may fail as a result!
Observe the Forststeig code:
✔ Do not start fires in the forest!
✔ Do not smoke in the forest!
✔ Only cook in the cooking areas provided!
✔ Only spend the night in the forest in a trekking hut or a bivouac spot!
✔ Do not make noise in the forest!
✔ Do not leave behind rubbish!
✔ Do not go hiking at dawn, dusk or at night!
✔ Stay on the path!
✔ Always use the trekking ticket at the start of your stay.
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EquipmentThe Forststeig is a demanding trekking route for sure-footed and practiced hikers. Good preparation is important!
1 Gather enough information
Inform yourself thoroughly about the route, updates and upcoming weather and obtain information on how to behave on the Forststeig, in the huts and at the bivouac sites. Detailed information can be found at forststeig.de.
2 Assess your skills realistically
Think about how fit you are. Plan stages in such a way that you arrive at your goal during daylight. A division into 7 stages can be found on page 2.
3 Plan suitable overnight stays
Plan your overnight stays and also think about alternatives. Be advised that camping in the forest is forbidden. You can also use the offers of Forststeig partners.
4 Your safety
Always walk with another person and tell someone in advance about your plans. Remember to bring a first-aid kit.
5 Pay attention to the weather
The weather is an important factor. Take a look at the forecasts. Avoid the forest during bad weather and storms. Be aware of wildfire risks.
6 Be well equipped
Bring sufficient food, drinking water and the right clothing and equipment with you. Remember that cooking and light with open flames is only permitted at official fireplaces and in the huts.
7 Forestry work and dangers
The Forststeig runs through natural areas and cultivated forests. Enter at your own risk. Pay attention to closures and notices, which you can find on forststeig.de.
8 Don’t forget: Trekking tickets
You will need trekking tickets if you would like to spend the night in a trekking hut or at a bivouac site. The proceeds from the tickets go towards the maintenance and care of the Forststeig.