Together with the adjacent Affensteine and due to its unique truculency of the rock formations, the Schrammsteine represent the actual heart of the Elbsandsteingebirge. There is a difference between the front and the rear Schrammsteine. Both wanderers and mountain climbers will find a complex rock labyrinth with a large multiplicity of differently demanding hiking trails and climbing rocks. Even the front Schrammsteine counts over 60 climbing summits! The term "Schramm"stone derived completely simply from the historically most frequent kind of injury of tourists and inhabitants in this area; scratch themselves... Bad Schandau has a very good connection to regional public transport (rapid-transit railway, bus). The connection between the train station and local centre is guaranteed by a constant ferry route. However the possibly best approach is by rapid-transit railway and to get off at the station Krippen (just one station after Bad Schandau).
Having arrived in Bad Schandau/Krippen two possible routes can be taken in order to defeat the Ostrauer Scheibe in the first section.
Fans of technology should under no circumstances miss to use lovingly restored passenger hoist (technical monument) which was built in 1904. In case of a late way back you should consider that the opening hours are limited in the evening. From the 50m high platform you will have a wonderful view over the Elb valley. Afterwards we will perambulate the place which attained its touristy importance since the 20th century. The mansion colony with its Swiss architectural style tells of the gloss of past times. Today the "Falkensteinklinik" in Ostrau contributes to the good reputation of the health resort Bad Schandau ("Bad" since 1920).
At the local entrance of Ostrau there is a parking lot from which we follow the blue way marker.
Without the trip to Ostrau and by following the yellow markers it is possible to walk from the ferry in Bad Schandau / Krippen to Postelwitz and then to the Zahnsgrund. From the road to Ostrau in the Zahnsgrund and by either passing the Obrigensteig or the Lattengrund we reach the flat plateau in front of the Schrammsteine.
At the way crossing on the Elbleitenweg we can choose between a 800m long trip to the Falkenstein or "immersing" into the Schrammsteine region through the crevice of the Schrammtor.
With its over 70 different ascents (ways) the Falkenstein has a special historical importance for mountain climbers. In 1864 five gymnasts from Schandau were the first who mounted (on the "Turnerweg" which was named after them) the summit. This special moment is considered as the birth of the mountaineering in the Elbsandstein mountains. The typical form of rock climbing as we know it today without rock-changing aids (to attach steps, to cast in or attach climbing irons,...) became generally accepted after 1890. This respect for the nature and the transience being strong enough anyway, was made a point of principle by the mountaineer Doctor Oscar Schuster with his roped party. Still today climbers adhere to the climbing rules of the Elbsandstein mountains. However the first actual human "utilisation" of the Falkenstein is a thing of the far past. With its exposed position the Falkenstein was particularly suitable as an observation and safeguard post of the old trade routes in the Middle Ages. On the summit was a look-out, which was hard-fought due to its strategic importance and often changed the owner. At the bottom of the rock you can still find inscriptions from earlier centuries.
When deciding for the prompt way into the Schrammsteine, then you will arrive at the Schrammtor just a few metres later. At this point the trail was worked up very extensively by using much wood. We cross the (as one will see later) impressive range through the high rising rock faces of the Schrammtorwächter and the Ostertürme. Following the blue way marker we reach the Wildschützensteig right below the cliffs. As an alternative we can also take the ascent Jägersteig which branches off later. At this point you have fantastic view on the adjacent climbing rock "Jungfer".
Reaching the top this ascent meets the Gratweg. By walking into the left direction and after some climbing we arrive at the unique lookout points of the Schrammstein outlook. If you have a good head for heights, then you can enjoy the impressive panorama over the Saxony Switzerland at this point