The Großer Waldstein
is part of the Waldstein range in the Fichtelgebirge Mountains of Germany. It is known primarily for its rock formations caused by so-called 'woolsack' weathering (Wollsackverwitterung), its ruined castles and the only remaining bear trap (Bärenfang) in the region.
The River Saale rises at the foot of the Großer Waldstein at Zell im Fichtelgebirge. The Großer Waldstein (877 m above sea level) is a mountain in the northern part of the Fichtelgebirge 'horseshoe'. Its summit area is covered by mixed forest with old stands of beech and huge rock piles, and the whole area is a designated nature reserve (20.2 hectares (50 acres)). Marked hiking trails lead from all points of the compass to the mountain, and public roads run from Weißenstadt or Sparneck to the area of the summit. At the top is a lodging house owned by the Fichtelgebirge Club, the Waldsteinhaus, from which there is an interesting walk around the summit area.
Have a look at the Waldstein House Inn
for more information.