Saxon Switzerland National Park: Dramatic Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Saxon Switzerland National Park

Wild and romantic: Bastion in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Wild and romantic: Bastion in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Dramatic Elbe Sandstone Mountains

The almost 100 square kilometre national park 30 kilometres southeast of Dresden protects the German part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, into which the Elbe has dug a deep canyon. The landscape on both sides of the river is dramatic: Table mountains like the Lilienstein and the Pfaffenstein alternate with rockfalls like the Bastei and the Schrammsteine. Already at the end of the 18th century the unique nature attracted painters and poets. The best known was the painting by Caspar David Friedrich “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog”. The national park comprises two separate areas: the western part lies between Wehlen and Prossen, the eastern part lies between Schrammsteinen and the Czech border.

Attractions Saxon Switzerland National Park


Spa resort in the wild and romantic Elbe Sandstone Mountains

The health resort is located below the rocky scenery of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in the center of the Saxon Switzerland. A cable ferry that runs only with the force of the current, connects the districts of the beautiful town on both sides of the Elbe. A footpath leads up to the Bastion, a wildly romantic gorge labyrinth with a ridge and a unique view that has inspired the painter Caspar David Friedrich.

Schrammstein views and Hohe Liebe

Phenomenal views, wild romantic gorges, fairytale houses

The medium intensity hike leads from Bad Schandau to the Schrammsteine and on to Hohe Liebe. After climbing the stairs through the Schrammtor, you will find dreamlike views, wildly romantic gorges, natural monuments and fairytale houses. There is an inn on the way in the Schrammsteinbaude. (round trip: 14.9 kilometers, 4:30 hours, up and down: 440 meters)

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