Small highlights (almost) along the way. Some call it a diversion, others detours and some detours. As a pleasure hiker, you will find several detours on this stage that are worthwhile. The highest drinking water reservoir in Germany is about 1.7 kilometres away. The church in Carlsfeld, which served as a model for the Frauenkirche in Dresden, can already be seen from the Kammweg. The detour to the German Space Exhibition is a bigger challenge at 9.5 kilometres.
At the start of the stage on pleasant paths, the first detour to the Carlsfeld drinking water dam soon awaits you at the edge of the forest. It is the second highest dam in Germany after the Schluchsee. We walk over the 200-metre-long dam wall towards Carlsfeld. The view opens up and the famous Carlsfeld church can already be seen. The detour to the Trinitatis Church leads down into the village. A beautiful jewel that served as a model for many well-known central church buildings, e.g. the Frauenkirche in Dresden. After a silent prayer, the trail continues along the ridge path, above the ski slope, in the forest towards "Drei Bächel". This nature reserve is home to the oldest stand of spruce trees in Saxony. The 235-year-old spruces have impressive heights of up to 48 metres. By the way, spruce needles contain many valuable oils, which makes them the ideal remedy for coughs and fatigue. A break at the rest hut also helps against hiking fatigue here. Shortly before Morgenröthe, our path leads downhill to the stream. We stroll through the fairytale forest. At the road you can make a diversion to the space exhibition, one more day. At half height, the ridge trail now follows a small canal. When we reach the top of Mühlleithen, we enjoy the great view. The view sweeps far and wide and we review the "little" detours in our minds once more before we move into our first accommodation in the Vogtland.
Milestones: Weitersglashütte - Carlsfeld with Trinitatis church and dam - Drei Bächel nature reserve with Drei-Bächle rest area - Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz with German Space Exhibition - Hammergraben - Mühlleithen winter sports resort.