Cross-country skiing: Rehefeld - Hermsdorf

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Cross-country skiing: Rehefeld - Hermsdorf Altenberg Reviews

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Cross-country skiing along the Czech border and to quaint villages Jan 29, 2017
Another cross-country skiing tour in the western part of this region runs from idyllic village Rehefeld along the Czech border via hamlet Neuhermsdorf to Hermsdorf, another quaint village.

I started at about 700 m elevation in Rehefeld (bus #373, unfortunately not on weekends! Or end of ski tour from Altenberg). The groomed cross-country skiing track leads in southwestern direction, along the Czech border uphill around Hemmschuh mountain to Neu-Rehefeld (800 m). I once took the chair lift up to Mt. Hemmschuh (846 m, see separate review), from where I reached Neu-Rehefeld on a short and easy groomed track - slightly downhill. From here I proceeded on the perfectly groomed cross-country skiing track that runs on the dam of the former narrow-gauge railway slightly downhill - for classic style, skaters take a separate track, always parallel a couple of meters away.

The "Skibahnhof" SWF hotel/restaurant (former train stop) provides food and drinks (rustic, rather basic, see separate review), if you want something more upscale or more choices, then the hamlet Neuhermsdorf with two other hotels/restaurants is only 500 m away (turn right, signposted), see separate restaurant reviews of Landhotel Altes Zollhaus and Hotel Wettin! A short time later the track to Hermsdorf takes a turn right while the track along the Czech border on the former narrow-gauge railway dam heads down to Holzhau. From Neuhermsdorf you follow a - most of the time - well groomed ski trail across a large pasture with beautiful views in western direction (start at Landhotel Altes Zollhaus) and soon join the other groomed cross-country skiing track.

It's slightly uphill now, along a forest and later over farmland, reaching almost 800 m again with panoramic views. The tour ends in Hermsdorf at the parish church/free parking in the centre of the village (pic 4), where you find a bus stop for #373 back to Rehefeld-Altenberg (not on weekends! You must take the same trail back then) and a restaurant and two cafes.

This whole tour is about 12 km one way.
Start in Rehefeld
Cross-country skiing trail is cycl…
The easy way up: Chair lift Rehefe…
Neu-Rehefeld: Start of the cross-c…
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king_golo says:
Nice to read some tips about cross-country skiing in the Ore Mountains! I'd love to do that again.
Posted on: Jan 29, 2017
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