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Saxon Switzerland

Landscapes don’t come more spectacular than this: The Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxon Switzerland with their bizarre rock formations are not what you’d expect to see in Germany. It sounds like a cliché, but the scenery is simply magical. Experience it hiking, climbing or mountain biking, or simply enjoy the stunning view of the Elbe valley from the Bastei Bridge, itself a famous landmark.

„Rocks are music turned to stone.”

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Don’t miss these Saxon Switzerland experiences

  • Hiking in Saxon Switzerland National Park  means densely forested table mountains as far as the eye can see, freestanding sandstone cliffs rising up all around and the blue ribbon of the Elbe River meandering through the valley. The most popular hiking trail is the Painters' Way with views that inspired artists such as Caspar David Friedrich. Follow in their footsteps and see the most beautiful places in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

  • Rathen Open Air Stage is a perfect natural platform for art in the midst of the national park. Located in a hollow between some impressive rock formations, it features a variety of performances from May to September.

  • Königstein Fortress bears witness to over 750 years of history. The unique ensemble of more than 50 imposing buildings from different eras towers over the Elbe and is the perfect spot to enjoy spectacular views of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

  • Pirna, known as the gateway to Saxon Switzerland, is nestled in the picturesque landscape of the Elbe valley. The charming little town is ideal for leisurely strolls and a good starting point for cycle tours on the Elbe Cycle Route or hiking on the Saxon Wine Route or the Saxon Wine Hiking Trail.

  • The Elbe Cycle Route is one of the most popular long-distance cycle routes in Germany and for many, the roughly 22-miles stretch in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains is the most beautiful part. Cycling along the river, you can enjoy fascinating views of the majestic table mountains and craggy rock formations.

When travelling to Saxon Switzerland, you should pack:

  • Hiking boots... The best way to experience the region is on foot.

  • Cycling clothing... However, discoveries by bike are not too bad either!

  • Climbing gear... 1134 free standing sandstone rocks make Saxon Switzerland a haven for climbers.

  • Bathrobe... Saxon Switzerland’s spa towns provide many opportunities for wellness and relaxation.

  • Camera... When one view is more spectacular than the other, it’s hard not to keep snapping.

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