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Hohnsteiner Kasperpfad (“Punch Trail“)

Hiking trail · Saxon Switzerland
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    Photo: Yvonne Brückner, Yvonne Brückner
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    Photo: Yvonne Brückner, Yvonne Brückner
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The so-called “Hohnsteiner Kasper“ (Hohnstein Punch) is a famous character and was created by Max Jacob who set up a puppet theatre in Hohnstein in 1928 with his characteristic figures featuring carved heads. A stage was set up first in the local castle and later in its own theatre, attracting guests from far afield. Up to this day, the famous puppets are being produced in Hohnstein, and there is a yearly puppet theatre festival in town.
easy
2.8 km
0:53 h
94 m
94 m
The “Hohnsteiner Kasperpfad“ reminds visitors of a major tradition in this town. It starts at the “Eiche“ carpark where hikers can pick up leaflets at an information point. Follow the trail markers (a red dot) and you’ll automatically get to the trail’s eight stations. You’ll start off by walking along the street to Ehrenberg before getting to a trail to the left where you’ll find the first station. Continue here while enjoying the view of the town. Then cross the street and follow the markers through the town, past a herbs garden and up to a subway where you’ll have to turn left. The trail now runs along the foot of Hohnstein Castle. End by visiting the Punch exhibition in the tourist office, before returning to the car park.

Author’s recommendation

Great hiking trail for children!

Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
340 m
Lowest point
247 m
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Safety information

Tips, hints and links

Start

Hohnstein car park “Eiche” (302 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.978871, 14.113862
DMS
50°58'43.9"N 14°06'49.9"E
UTM
33U 437792 5647849
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Destination

Hohnstein car park “Eiche”

Turn-by-turn directions

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Bus number 236 (during the week) and number 237 Pirna-Sebnitz

Bus number 253 Bad Schandau-Sebnitz (only stops in Hohnstein during weekends and in high season)

Getting there

In Pirna, cross the new Elbe bridge (“Sachsenbrücke“). Take the first exit for S167 to the left. Follow the signs for Bastei. Where the major road makes a bend to the left, stay on the road to continue on S164 and up the hill. After 1,1 kilometres turn left on Lohmener Straße and towards Lohmen. After Lohmen continue on S165 towards Bastei and then towards Rathewalde. After Rathewalde you’ll get to the “ Hockstein“ crossing. Continue down on the old race track and up again to Hohnstein. In Hohnstein, the “Eiche“ car park is right next to the main thoroughfare.

Parking

Car park "Eiche"

Coordinates

DD
50.978871, 14.113862
DMS
50°58'43.9"N 14°06'49.9"E
UTM
33U 437792 5647849
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.8 km
Duration
0:53h
Ascent
94 m
Descent
94 m
Loop Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value

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