Little bear stone

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Little bear stone
The Kleiner Bärenstein seen from Weißig

The little bear stone Weißig seen from

height 337.7  m above sea level NHN
location near Weißig , district of Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains , Saxony ( Germany )
Mountains Saxon Switzerland
Coordinates 50 ° 56 '44 "  N , 14 ° 2' 34"  E Coordinates: 50 ° 56 '44 "  N , 14 ° 2' 34"  E
Little Bear Stone (Saxony)
Little bear stone
Type Table Mountain
rock Sandstone

The Kleine Bärenstein is 337.7  m above sea level. NHN high table mountain in Saxon Switzerland in the Saxon district of Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains . Immediately adjacent is the Großer Bärenstein , which, together with the Kleiner Bärenstein, forms the Bärenstein massif .

Location and surroundings

The Kleine Bärenstein lies in the Elbe loop in Rathen . The bear stones belong to the Weißig locality marker . At the foot of the Bärenstein are the forests of the farmer Fleck from Weißig. The villages of Thürmsdorf and Naundorf are also nearby . There are several climbing peaks on the Kleiner Bärenstein . The most important of them is the Thürmsdorfer Stein.


The Kleine Bärenstein was first mentioned in 1548 as " in the Behrenstein ". Earlier descriptions also spoke of the " Thürmsdorfer Bärenstein ".

From 1851 to 1881, the district forester Wilhelm Mahn made the Bärenstein accessible to hikers.

Since 1847 there has been a small wooden mountain inn on the Kleiner Bärenstein, which was massively expanded after 1867. Around 1902 even two bears were kept in a bear pen. It belonged to the small troops manor . After 1945 the much-visited excursion restaurant fell into disrepair. Its foundation walls are still visible today.

In 2004 the forest area around the bear stones was acquired by private owners.


Thief cellar

At the southwestern foot of the Kleiner Bärenstein there is a collapse cave created by a rock fall and washouts , which is popularly known as the thief's cellar. In the Saxon cave cadastre the cave is listed as a thief's cellar (Götzinger cave) with the cadastral number 5050 PW-15. It has a length of 25 meters and is easy to walk on.

Wilhelm Leberecht Götzinger , who grew up in nearby Struppen , said he received his first suggestions for exploring the nature of Saxon Switzerland as a child on a hike to the Kleiner Bärenstein. In later years Götzinger wrote the first comprehensive descriptions of Saxon Switzerland. In 1886 the Mountain Association for Saxon Switzerland put a Götzinger memorial plaque in the thief's cellar.

Maiden jump

The maiden jump at the southern end of the Kleiner Bärenstein is based on the legend according to which a girl who was persecuted by Swedish soldiers in the Thirty Years' War threw herself from the rock . To commemorate him, a cross that is still visible today was carved into the vertical wall at this point.


On the summit of the Kleiner Bärenstein there is a lookout point with a view of large parts of Saxon Switzerland.


  • Günter Schweizer: On the history of the mountain inn on the Kleiner Bärenstein. in: Country calendar book Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge 2020, SEW-Verlag, Dresden 2019, pp. 107–110, ISBN 978-3-936203-37-0

Web links

Commons : Kleiner Bärenstein  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Map services of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation ( information )
  2. a b c Peter Rölke: Stiegen-Wanderführer Saxon Switzerland. Berg- & Naturverlag Rölke, Dresden 2012, ISBN 978-3-934514-27-0 , pp. 54–60
  3. Manfred Hickmann: On the actual age of the former inn on the Kleiner Bärenstein . in: Saxon Switzerland working group in the Saxon Homeland Security Association, Bulletin 12, Pirna 2013, pp. 60–62
  4. Saxony cave register , managed by Roland H. Winkelhöfer
  5. ^ Roland H. Winkelhöfer: The Quirl. Without a doubt ... A local history of the 20 table mountains on the left Elbe in Saxon Switzerland. Der Höhlenforscher, Dresden 2010, ISBN 3-00-004380-2
  6. Peter Voigt: Jungfernsprung on the Kleiner Bärenstein near Thürmsdorf on, accessed on January 20, 2017