Take the train to the Jedlová station. This is a small, isolated station in the middle of the woods, but there are several footpaths leading to it. From there, head up the hill following the yellow and green routes, towards the Tolštejn Trail. After a while, that will take you to the ruins of Tolštejn Castle. From the castle there is a wonderful view of the Lusatian Mountains and Bohemian Switzerland. You can get something to eat and drink in the castle restaurant. Then go back down below the castle and keep on the red route along the asphalt road towards the summit of Jedlová, not far away. From Tolštejn it’s only about two kilometres, but you have to ascend to a height of 774 metres above sea level.
On the summit of Jedlová there is a tourist restaurant a lookout tower. The first mountain chalet was built here in 1888 and the stone lookout tower was opened two years later, from which there is a beautiful panoramic view all across the surrounding countryside. In good weather you can see as far as the Jizera Mountains, Ještěd, the Bohemian Central Mountains and the Krkonoše.
Return following the same route back below the summit of Jedlová and keeping on the red route go down alongside the ski slope to the Jedlová–ski slope crossroads. Then join the green route and continue on to Křížová hora above Jiřetín and go down from the stone chapel past what used to be the Stations of the Cross into Jiřetín pod Jedlovou.
The Legends of Tolštejn
Tolštejn Castle is wreathed in many a legend. There are tales of a treasure which still lies hidden here, or a lord of the castle who was cursed and tuned into a bird, which croaks sadly, and if it sits on the castle wall, the wall will fall down. There is another legend about strange wailing ghosts flying over the castle, and, of course, like any castle worth its salt, Tolštejn also has a White Lady:
The legend of the White Lady is about a Tolštejn knight and a young girl named Hilda. The girl was in love with a poor yeoman, but had been married off to a wealthy knight of Tolštejn. After the wedding, however, this knight stopped taking any notice of her, and so Hilda went on seeing her old flame. Her husband found out about her love form him and wanted to bring Hilda the head of her sweetheart. In order to save him, Hilda decided to put poison into her husband’s wine. When her husband took a drink, he realised that the wine had been poisoned. With his sword in his hand he forced Hilda to drink the rest of the wine. Before he died, he managed to place a terrible curse on her:
“May she never find peace in her grave, may she wander the castle walls as a white lady until she finds a young man who has never known a woman, despite having grown up amidst vices, who was weaned by a wild animal, and yet still remained untainted. Only a young man like this may free her.”
Since then, on clear nights, Hilda has appeared on the castle walls and in the windows of the ruins as the White Lady. Her husband appears in the guise of a terrifying black dog that guards his treasure and will kill anyone who tries to retrieve it.
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- On cross-country skis
- On foot
- For beginner walkers
- Medium difficulty
- Trail of legends
- With attractions
- Spiritual attractions
- Routes with a story
- In search of viewpoints