© Sylvio Dittrich, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz

Hercules Column-Johanniswacht Tour

At a glance

  • Start: Schweizermühle car park
  • Destination: Schweizermühle car park
  • Medium
  • 5,31 km
  • 2 hours
  • 155 m
  • 436 m
  • 345 m

Exciting and scenic hike with great views. From the Schweizermühle car park in Rosenthal, the trail follows the yellow dot up to the Kaiser Wilhelm Fortress. It then continues past the Hercules Columns to Felsengasse and back down into the valley to Ottomühle. On the other side of the Biela, the circular route continues via the Johanniswacht and the Sachsenstein to the neighbour, back to the starting point.

Open for winter refreshments:

Traditional Ottomühle restaurant

Opening hours updated daily on the website

Tour dashboard


  • Street (5%)
  • Tarmac (6%)
  • Hiking trail (46%)
  • Path (43%)


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