Saxon Switzerland (Elbe Sandstone Mountains)
Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | £499 per person
The Elbe Sandstone Mountains located in the southeast of Germany a few miles from Dresden are also known as Saxon Switzerland.
They were named by two Swiss painters who were impressed by the similarity of the area with their own country. You will see bizarre rock formations, massive woods, plateaus and valleys of various shapes alongside the Elbe River.
During your walking tour you will see famous natural and cultural sights such as the “Koenigstein Fortress”, the rocks “Barbarine” and “Pfaffenstein” and the well known Rock Arch “Pravčická Brána” in Bohemian Switzerland (the largest natural stone bridge on the European continent).
Walking Tour Highlights
• Walk through the Saxon Switzerland National Park
• See the Koenigstein Fortress
• Explore the famous Table Mountains
• A cross border tour as you visit the Czech Republic
• End the tour by going to Dresden for the day
Walking Route Features
This walking tour does require a certain basic condition as well as a sure foot and no fear of heights.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1. Day: Individual arrival in Bad Schandau.
Bad Schandau is a well-known health resort in the heart of the Saxon Switzerland.
2. Day: Bad Schandau – Rathen (approx. 17 km/ 6 hrs)
Through the Saxon Switzerland National Park you walk uphill
to the fortress Hohnstein. You will then arrive at Rathen with its natural theatre and its lake called “Amselsee”.
3. Day: Rathen – Fortress Koenigstein – Koenigstein (approx. 14 km/ 5-6 hrs)
Please start early in the morning to benefit from the emptiness on the famous Bastei bridge. Here you can enjoy a wonderful view over the Elbe river valley and the Table Mountains of the Saxon Switzerland. The next highlight is the famous oenigstein Fortress. After visiting the fortress you continue your walk to the town of Koenigstein.
4. Day: Koenigstein – Pfaffenstein – Gohrisch (approx. 11 km/ 4.5 hrs)
Today you start your walk on easy and shady forest paths to the impressive rock formation “Barbarine”. Later on you pass the Quirl mountain and climb up the table Pfaffenstein mountain where you can have a wonderful view of the Lilienstein mountain, a very famous mountain in Saxon Switzerland. Via
Muselweg you reach the health resort Gohrisch.
5. Day: Gohrisch – Kleinhennersdorf – Krippen (approx. 10 km/ 4.5 hrs)
After a short warm up you walk slightly uphill crossing meadows and fields. You make your way to the top of the Table Mountains Gohrisch (448m) and Papststein (451m). Beautiful sceneries will recompense the effort. An old mill
with gastronomic offers is worth a break before you continue towards Krippen.
6. Day: Krippen – Hrensko – Rock Arch – Krippen (approx. 15 km/ 5 hrs)
In the morning you go by train from Krippen to Schoena and take the ferry boat to Hrensko into the Czech Republic. The
walking tour leads you to the Rock Arch“Pravčická brána”, the largest natural stone bridge on the european continent and natural monument.
During the walking tour you use the boat through the gorge Edmundsklamm and finish the tour in Hrensko, where you use the ferry boat a second time and travel back by train from Schoena to Krippen (ferry-fees are not included).
7. Day: Krippen – Schrammsteine – Kirnitzschtal – Bad Schandau (approx. 11 km/ 5 hrs)
Today you use the ferry boat from Krippen to Bad Schandau and take the walking path to the “Schrammsteine” cliffs. A part of the route consists of steep ascents and metal stairways.
Through the lovely Kirnitzschtal valley you will walk back to Bad Schandau.
8. Day: Individual departure or additional nights in Dresden.
Walking tour of easy to medium level on good paths past Sandstones and through canyons. Stages of 8 to 14 km require a good shape and in parts surefootedness.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Saxon Switzerland tour stays in 3*** guesthouses and hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- Welcome drink
– 7x overnight stays incl. continental breakfast
– Visitor’s tax in Bad Schandau, Rathen, Koenigstein, Gohrisch,
– Train ticket for the fifth hiking day
– Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation
– 1 package of detailed travel information and maps per room
- Anything not described above.
We recommend flying to Dresden and arriving by train to the starting point in Bad Schandau. The region is covered by the DB ‘Saschen’ Ticket and is valid from the airport and all local public transport in the region. For more information, please visit Deutsche Bahn.
Saxon Switzerland (Elbe Sandstone Mountains), 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person sharing a double or twin room. A number of single rooms are available at a supplement. This holiday is also bed and breakfast.
2018 Walking Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 01.04 – 31.10.2018
Category A: Prices per person
Season 1: £499 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £129
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price, and are payable at the hotel.
Holiday Price: £499
Single Supplement: £179
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