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The Proposed New Nordwaldkammweg

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  Der Nordwaldkammweg
Das Nordwaldkammweglogo
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Here are the main details of the planned route of Nordwaldkammweg II between Dreisesselberg (Germany) and Nebelstein (Lower Austria). Please find details below.





In the map you can find the proposed new Nordwaldkammweg (II) in blue color, the existing route of Nordwaldkammweg I is more towards the south and completely on German’s and Austria’s territory.

In the middle of the map you can see the well known sign of Nordwaldkammweg.

Certain parts of the route are different for hikers and mountainbikers.

The route starts within the area of Czech Republic at Dreisesselberg (1.332 m). The tour for mountainbikers leads to the monument of Rosenauer at the beginning of Schwarzenbergischer Schwemmkanal (Schwarzenberg Logging Canal). Schwemmkanal is an artificial river of former times (1798) for transporting cutted wood of length near 1,50m. (
In past centuries, wood was mainly needed for heating and energy generation, and for hundreds of years charcoal piles were one of the principal features of the Bohemian Forest. With the growing need of industries and large towns, such as Vienna, for energy, timber had to be floated on waterways over long distances. Construction of the 44km "Schwarzenberg logging canal" (Schwarzenbergischer Schwemmkanal) was started in 1798. The canal is about one meter wide and crosses the watershed between the Danube and the Elbe rivers. Logs could be floated on the canal from the source of the Vltava river to the Danube valley. This masterwork of engineering was performed by Josef Rosenauer, forestry engineer from Krummau (Krumlov). It boasted splash dams, locks and chutes as well as the first tunnel ever built in Europe, which crossed a 400m-wide mountain ridge. At that time a workforce of 1200 was required to operate the logging canal, and during the more than 100 years of operation approximately 14 million cubic meters of piled wood were transported on it. Even after World War I, it was still wood from the Bohemian Forest that saved the people of Vienna from freezing to death; after that, railways and roads came to dominate the transport sector. Currently, the logging canal is being restored with funds from the European Union, and the path which follows it is particularly pleasant for cycling and rambling, since it is almost level and over long stretches shaded by a forest canopy.
By following this canal Schöneben, Hostel Blauer Hirsch, Glashütte, Bairische Au, Iglbach and Rosenhügel (Korunda) is reached.
Hikers follow the original path of 1910 to Plöckenstein, monument of Adalbert Stifter (an Austrian poet and teacher 1805 – 1868) and Plöckensteinersee. If this is not possible, it is an alternative to reach Plöckensteinersee via the monument of Rosenauer. Afterwards hiker will be led in half height of mountain Hochficht on Czech area to cross the border at Schöneben. Then they will follow the logging canal to Rosenhügel.
At Rosenhügel the logging canal crosses the continental watershed between Baltic Sea and Black Sea. Here we leave logging canal and walk / bike to Guglwald and Dürnau on the Czech side. After crossing border the route leads to Sternstein, goes down to Pilzstein (photo), Weigetschlag, Roßberg, Rading, an old mill (Graßlmühle), Allhut and Stiftung (big old border station). Then the route reaches ancient cult station Heidenstein (pagan stone), afterwards Zulissen, Deutsch Hörschlag and the old horse line (Pferdeeisenbahn, 1832) Linz – Budweis. At Kerschbaum there is Pferdeeisenbahnmuseum and the possibility to drive with a reconstructed horse wagon Hannibal II. The horse line leads again across watershed to Baltic Sea side.
Near Edlbruck an old bridge of the horse line can be vsisted. Not far away the new church of Maria Schnee allows a view to the old church Maria Schnee on Czech area. Near Leopoldschlag we reach the river Maltsch (Malše) to get to the Czech side over the old Maltschbridge. The sheltered district beside Maltsch is a place of untouched nature. The way is planned corresponding to the border. At Phyrabruck Nordwaldkammweg II crosses again the border (utmost north point) and leads south via Mandlstein and Harbach the target at Nebelstein (1.017m).

GPS-data for download:      
Section Mandlstein - Heidenstein: Fugawi-RTE-Format Text  
Section Heidenstein - Böhmdorf: Fugawi-RTE-Format Text  
Section Böhmdorf - Dreisesselberg: Fugawi-RTE-Format Text  


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