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14 Eight-thousanders in the Eastern Ore Mountains

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  • 14 Achttausender im Osterzgebirge
    14 Achttausender im Osterzgebirge
    Photo: Phillip Maethner, CC BY-ND, Tourist-Information Altenberg
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The Himalayas in the Eastern Ore Mountains! The 14 peaks over 8000 dm! Enjoy breathtaking views and hidden secret places on a unique tour.
Distance 73.7 km
21:00 h
1,977 m
1,980 m
906 m
568 m
Frank Meutzner, the Saxony mountaineering guru par excellence, had the crazy idea to bring the Himalayan eight-thousanders to the Eastern Ore Mountains. And he succeeded!


However, the peaks here are measured in decimetres, so we have a great and fascinating hiking trail in the Altenberg recreational area, which connects the Eight Thousanders of the Ore Mountains.


From Geisingberg via Lugsteins to Pöbelknochen. You can climb the 14 different peaks in different ways. On foot, by bike or even on cross-country skis. Very experienced hikers can do it in two days. However, you can also take a more leisurely approach and "climb" the peaks in several stages. On this hike you can fully discover and enjoy the beautiful authentic nature of the Eastern Ore Mountains. After completing the hike, you can also declare that you have climbed several eight-thousanders.

Author’s recommendation

After completing the route, would you like to receive a T-shirt with the logo as a souvenir?

Purchase a starter backpack for 29,50 € at the Altenberg Tourist Information and collect stamps along the way.

With your completed stamp card and voucher ( included in the starting backpack) you will receive a T-shirt at the Altenberg Tourist Information.

You can also purchase the starter backpack online here.

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Update: March 10, 2023
Highest point
906 m
Lowest point
568 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 13.20%Dirt road 24.25%Forested/wild trail 44.36%Path 10.79%Road 6.55%Unknown 0.83%
9.7 km
Dirt road
17.9 km
Forested/wild trail
32.7 km
8 km
4.8 km
0.6 km
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Safety information

  • Enjoy the nature
  • Allow the inhabitants of the forest to sleep peacefully
  • Protect plants and animals
  • Keep escape routes accessible
  • Use the parking lots
  • Don't leave trash behind
  • Be respectful towards other people
  • Prevent forest fires
  • Pay attention to the forestry works
  • Be aware of and accept closures
  • Be careful and cautious

Tips and hints

The hike is about 70 km in length and the elevation gain is 3530 metres, so it is not to be underestimated.


Altenberg (train station) (753 m)
50.765437, 13.753548
50°45'55.6"N 13°45'12.8"E
33U 412098 5624481


Altenberg (train station)

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point is the railway station in Altenberg. The route first heads to Geisingberg (8238 dm). From this point you go downhill to Geising, following the main road through the whole village. On the road towards Löwenhain you turn right onto Lindenallee to the natural swimming pool Hüttenteich. Passing the Hüttenteich swimming pool, you pass through the Erdbachtal valley, turn left towards Fürstenau and reach the summit of Traugotthöhe (8066 dm). Go back the way you came and then turn left around the Kohlhaukuppe to Zinnwald. Directly on the way towards Zinnwald is the Fuchshübel (8138 dm). The hike then leads through the forests between Altenberg and Zinnwald to Scharspitze (8072 dm) and via Biwak-Kuppe (8285 dm) to Zinnwald-Georgenfeld. The next destination are the two Lugstein peaks ("Big Lugstein" 8992 dm and "Little Lugstein" 8937 dm). From there is a fantastic view of the Bohemian Basin. You will continue your hike around the Biathlon Arena. Behind the arena is the Wüste Höhe (8266 dm - also known as the "Unbenannte Höhe"). Proceed westwards to Rehefeld and the Hemmschuh (8473 dm). Here you will find the stamping point next to the wooden hut by the ski lift. From Hemmschuh, continue along the Kammweg Erzgebirge-Vogtland trail to Schickelshöhe (8049 dm). Afterwards, your route returns back along the Kammweg Erzgebirge-Vogtland to Steinkuppe (8048 dm). Then the "14 eight-thousanders" route continues to Holzhau and through it to Kannelberg (8054 dm, also called Drachenkopf). Further on, it heads to Hermsdorf and then to the small town of Schellerhau. Here is the Stephanshöhe (8040 dm). This peak can be found easily along the hiking trail that runs parallel to the village. If you follow the trail above Schellerhau, you will reach the summit of Pöbelknochen (8328 dm). You are now on your way back to Altenberg. Passing the Gallows Ponds (Galgenteichen), you return to Altenberg railway station, your starting point. At the Tourist Information Office in Altenberg, you can pick up a T-shirt with the route logo after presenting a fully completed stamped card and voucher.


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Public transport

Train: Dresden - Heidenau – Altenberg

Bus: Linie 360 from Dresden Hbf, Linie 398 from Teplice

Getting there

Via BAB17 - Exitt Bad Gottleuba - Lauenstein - Geising - Altenberg

Via B170 - Dresden - Dippoldiswalde - Altenberg / Teplice - Dubi - Zinnwald-Georgenfeld – Altenberg


You can park your car in the car park behind the train station.


50.765437, 13.753548
50°45'55.6"N 13°45'12.8"E
33U 412098 5624481
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Wander- und Radkarte Osterzgebirge 1 : 33.000

Available at the Tourist Information in Altenberg and at the Information Office at the train station / community centre in Kipsdorf.

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Solid walking shoes, rain equipment, first aid kit, food and drink, binoculars if needed.

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73.7 km
21:00 h
1,977 m
1,980 m
Highest point
906 m
Lowest point
568 m
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