Our second day in Saxony was much less rainy, in fact I can’t remember if it actually rained at all. Click here to read about how we got drenched hiking up to see Bastei. Having it not rain was lovely as I left the umbrella at home and could focus on shielding myself from the wind, random photos that Niklas takes of me when I am off guard, and all the stairs that we would have to brave to get to the top of the Schrammstein Mountains.
Our Hotel location in Bad Schandau was perfect, practically opposite the main entrance to the Parkhotel is a elevator taking you up to new heights. From there you can see an overview of Bad Schandau as well as start numerous different trekking routes. There is even a Linx at the top in an enclosure. Niklas and I set off after breakfast, happy that we wouldn’t have to use any public transport. The public transport isn’t bad by any means, it is just annoying that in Saxony you have to cross the river at least twice to get to other trekking places.
We made sure we were dressed appropriately and my shoes were 100% dry from the previous day when they got soaked from the rain. The signage however, wasn’t as prepared as us. Often we had to look to google maps to see which route to take, but this also confused us a little more. Needless to say, we did make it! We simply followed the numbers and google maps until we could see the Schrammstein Mountains, then we followed our noses the rest of the way.
How to get to the Schrammstein Mountains
I would say this route is easy. You do need to climb a lot of stairs, so added fitness is a plus. However, without it you would just need to take longer before reaching the Schrammstein Mountains. The most challenging part of the hike is getting to the top of the Schrammstein Mountains. This was no easy task. When you reach the base of the Schrammstein Mountains you have to take a one way route which involves ice cold metal ladders, industrial looking stairs and to top it all off, you have to be careful when stepping between two rocks so not to fall down and break a few bones. It sounds scarier than it is. When you walk with confidence and care you will be 100% fine. Especially when you have your trusty partner with you every step of the way making sure you are safe! Thank you Niklas.
Once at the very top of the Schrammstein Mountains we realised that no amount of windproof clothing could save us from the icy wind. Well, our clothes were much better than nothing, and mostly it was our faces that were freezing as well as our fingers when taking photos. To give you an idea of the cold, my phone battery was at 70%, I took one photo and it died. When I turned my phone on again the battery was at 6%. Crazy how the cold affects technology like that. Or maybe it is just iPhone that can’t handle the cold.
Wind aside, the view was amazing! It was breathtaking, not only because of the wind, but also because, unlike the day before, there was no fog to hide the landscape which was endless and plentiful. If you are scared of heights this place will definitely give you an adrenaline rush. You are so high up your ears start playing games, but not high up enough for them to do the whole airplane pop just yet. If Niklas had a drone he would have complained about how windy it was and that he couldn’t fly his drone to get epic pictures. Nonetheless, Niklas still managed to get epic pictures from up top.
The way back down the Schrammstein Mountains
After we snapped up enough photos and memories we headed down a different route and stopped for lunch. This is when we discovered that little birds would fly around waiting for you to drop your food on the floor so they could swoop in and eat it. I decided to put a piece of bread on my shoe and sure enough the birds came so close, landed on my shoe and took the bread without saying thank you. I guess their cuteness is a thank you enough.
One bird even landed on my shoe when there was no bread, took a long look and flew away. The bird was there long enough for us to take a photo and I am pretty sure it posed as well. I love how little things like nature interacting with us as humans is such a treat.
After our lunch with the birds we kept on hiking. We had to brave a few more ice cold metal ladders down to the bottom but took a different route back to the hotel, somehow missing all the stairs. It was a longer walk, but with no stairs making it better. I am not really a fan of stairs. Especially not when dressed up warm which means maneuvering isn’t so easy and lifting your already tired legs seems like such a strenuous task.
What goes up comes back down
Back at the elevator, our hair completely tangled from the wind, we rode back on down and planned the rest of our afternoon and night. This comprised of going to Lidl, buying dinner, and resting up so we could brave the long travel back home. I have to say, the time of year we went wasn’t great for eating well. We either had to fork out about 15-20€ minimum each for an okish dinner, or pay an average price for a ridiculously bad pizza.
The pizza we ate was so bad, the cheese was horribly fatty and my pizza with garlic turned out to be garlic with a little bit of pizza. I love garlic, but not that much! This experience was also on our first night there, putting us off of any further tries and meaning that we would be sticking to bread and cheese for the remainder of our stay.
Be my chef?
I wish we could have a personal chef that would travel with us and make us whatever we want whenever we want. I guess this just has to be life goals. And so, a little bit hungry and having swapped our bread and cheese for wieners and potato salad we finished our quick get away to Saxony.
Things we learnt: dress for the occasion. It is better to spend money on waterproof clothing than having to spend a day in wet shoes.
Also, if you liked the photos of here at the Schrammstein Mountains, be sure to have a look on Niklas instagram. He posted many more there. Just click on any of the above photos, or even right….HERE.