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Nature hostel in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains


o enemy ever managed to scale the walls of Hohnstein Castle, such is the steepness of the

jagged rocky spur that it stands on, high above the Polenz River valley. There was also no hope of liberation, making the Black Hole of Hohnstein one of the most feared dungeons of the Middle Ages. As the people said, »He who goes to Hohnstein seldom goes home«. Thank goodness, this saying does not apply any more, since the current owners of the castle happily welcome guests to their beautiful building. In 1924, the castle at the gateway to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains was judged »most beautiful youth hostel in Germany«. Today it is open to visitors of all ages and from near and far Hohnstein castle

for staying overnight, since the hostel is situated on a plateau of rock in the heart of the Saxon Switzerland,

in 1756 by residents who were enraged that animals

because artillery and horses under General Dominique

1795. Curiosity is today stilled by the »castle tour for

the most beautiful national park of Europe. Countless

had escaped and caused »high spirits« in the village; of

Vandamme had to surrender before managing to get

all the senses«, the many concerts, the famous church

stories tell of Hohnstein’s eventful past, of Elector

the steep Wartenberg Road, which »in a way« cost

up the wet road; from the sinister gallows hill, where

designed by George Baehr and the annual puppet festival

Christian II’s bear-pit, the closure of which was forced

Napoleon his victory at the 1813 Battle of the Nations,

the last public execution drew large curious crowds in

in front of the museum.

Burg Hohnstein | Am Markt 1 | 01848 Hohnstein | Phone +49 35975 81202 | | BY CITY RAIL S1 from Dresden-Hauptbahnhof to Pirna, from there by bus to Hohnstein (bus stop Markt)


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DIRECTIONS | BY CAR federal road B 172 to Pirna, from there towards Neustadt via Lohmen and Rathewalde to Hohnstein

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Guesthouse Youth Hostel • 16 romms • 40 rooms • 50 beds • 200 beds


Old splendor in new glory  

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