Bad Schandau (dpa/sn) - Forest workers have repaired the steps of the hiking trail in the area of the Schwedenlöcher (Saxon Switzerland). The heavy rains of the past few days had mainly caused damage to the steps of the Schwedenturm, as the national park administration announced in Bad Schandau on Tuesday.
The name Schwedenlöcher refers to a gorge between the Bastei and the Amselgrund near the spa town of Rathen in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The hiking trail leads up through rock faces over more than 700 steps and two steep iron ladders, the difference in height is 160 meters. Up to 140,000 visitors per year have already been counted on the popular hiking route, said national park manager Ulf Zimmermann.
It was not until 2021 that the jetty near the Schwedenturm was extensively renovated, replacing the rusted iron girders from the 1960s. Another refurbishment is planned for 2023.