The hike we did on the third day was a continuation of the hike we'd started on our first day. If you recall, we'd planned to hike from Stadt Wehlen all the way to Hohnstein, but ended up cutting the hike short in Rathen instead. This time, we took the bus back to Bastei and then continued the hike from there (we really didn't mind another opportunity to admire the Bastei bridge!).
|Mist over the rocks near Bastei. Hard to capture with a camera, so please forgive the quality!|
It had rained the night before, so there was mist rising as we started the hike. The mists in this region are famous - the painters I talked about last time loved them, as I'm sure you can imagine.
Mists or not, I'd argue that this section was the most beautiful one of the hike. We also loved that it was quite varied, from Bastei through to different valleys and over the heights in between. I'm sure you'll agree as you look through the pictures :). Since all the pictures make the post long, you'll find the remainder behind the cut.
|Mist as seen from the Bastei bridge.|
|Overlooking the Elbe valley from Bastei.|
|Starting the new segment of the hike, in a side valley ending in Rathen. Note more mist up on the rocks!|
|The first section of the hike followed this little, babbling, tree-covered stream upwards.|
|...and more waterfalls (one of my favourite pictures of the hike!)...|
|...surrounded by lush, green forest on all sides.|
|I would not have been surprised if elves or fairies suddenly appeared here!|
|It seriously looked like this.|
|I loved this little house high up on a rock overlooking the guesthouse complex.|
|Which way do we go now...|
(Photo credit Tristan)
|After the break, the landscape suddenly looked a lot like home!(Photo credit Tristan)|
|Hohnstein, across the next valley.|
To get down to the valley, the path led down this horribly narrow and steep staircase leading through a cleft in the rock.
(Photo credit Tristan)
|But...the view down in the valley was worth it.|
|A closeup of the mural on the building.|
Onward to the next, and final, portion of the hike! Here, we hiked up the other side of the valley (thankfully less sketchy than the way down) and into Hohnstein.
more coverage of Hohnstein and some further mishaps we encountered!