Luisenburg Rock Labyrinth, a truly Miracle of Nature

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If you like to spice up your holidays with a little bit of adventure, we know just the right place for you. The Luisenburg Landscape Park, in German called Steinwald, is located near Wunsiedel (Wunsiedel vacation rentals | Wunsiedel travel guide), Bavaria, in the Fichtelgebirge and can be reached by a public bus or private car. You will discover a Granite Rock Labyrinth which is truly a miracle of nature and great fun for the whole family.

It is believed that around 1,000 years ago, robber-knights built a fortress in this impassable terrain and called it Losburg, later changed to Luisenburg. First documents mention this fortress in 1352, but by that time it was already completely destroyed and only some remnants can still be seen today. In 18th century, the Luisenburg Rock Labyrinth was developed as a tourist destination and named after the Prussian Queen Luise, who visited the natural wonder with her husband Friedrich Wilhelm III in 1805. Nowadays, it is home to an open-air theatre surrounded by bizarre rock formations which is the location for the famous Luisen-Festival.

Depending on your time and your physical condition, you can choose different routes which are all well-marked along the way. The short walk will take about 90 minutes while the longer distance can take up to 3 hours. Please wear appropriate shoes on your tour.

You will have access to the Granite Rock Labyrinth through the entrance near the cash point south of the open air theater. A Luisenburg Labyrinth Guide is available for you at the cash point and will explain the most important rock formations you will encounter on this highly recommended tour. On your way up, blue arrows will mark the way and on your way down follow the red arrows.

The easy 90 minute romantic route will pass huge granite rock formations and canyons; you will walk through low-ceilinged caves, climb in stone carved stairways and finally reach the Summit Cross with an altitude of 785 meters. From here you will enjoy beautiful views before continuing your walk, again passing amazing rock formations and view points, before finally returning to the starting point of your excursion.

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Monika Petra

This travel guide has been written by Monika Petra.

In her own words: When children are born they receive certain gifts to put them to good use or not. In my cradle there must have been at least music and the curiosity for the world we live in. Luckily I could combine those gifts eventually. My live as a jazz vocalist guided me to see and experience many places in Germany and far beyond. As in my music I like to dive in the historical background of given facts, simply to understand the present. During my travel, my circles got wider and wider and since many years I am now living in Thailand, very interesting to say the least. I grew up in Paderborn, lived and studied Jazz in Cologne's Musikhochschule and worked a while in Bayreuth and Kulmbach. My travels throughout Germany took me to all major cities and small towns. It was the people and local differences, be it language, food, traditions and customs, which made it a lot of fun. When finally the wall came down, I was one of those in Berlin posing on the rests of it for the camera. Off course I took the first opportunity to rediscover the new but old states of Germany and finally understood the impact the wall had on all Germans and in regards to the worst part in German history. Being a German living abroad, I discovered in years what I value most about Germany. Rest assured it is a country of rich cultural background still alive today. I visit my home country regularly and stay in touch with my friends, even those back from school. Another thing I always felt passionate about is writing and sharing my experience and thoughts. The internet provides us all with a great opportunity to connect, tell stories, read and learn from others and grow as a global community.

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