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Short hiking trip along the Malerweg trail Part 2


Travel time
6 days/ 5 nights
Travel period
01.04.2022 - 31.10.2022
Day(s) of arrival
Bookable from
1 person(s)
Total length of tour
60 km
Characteristics of the tour
Level of difficulty: average – demandingPlace-to-place tourAugustusTours Original Tour (organized by AugustusTours)
  • Ascent in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains
    Image source: Robert Michalk Photography

  • View from the Rauenstein

  • View from the Papststein on the Malerweg trail
    Image source: Robert Michalk Photography

  • View in the saxon switzerland

  • Hiking Rest in Saxon Switzerland
    Image source: Robert Michalk Photography

  • Walking shoe

What to expect

The unique rock formations of Elbe Sandstone Mountains have been fascinating people from all over the world at all times. There, poets and painters once found inspiration and a counterpart to turbulent city life.

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg trail, a 112 km long circular tour, leads you from Pirna along the Bastei Bridge, the Brandstein view point, the Schrammsteine massif, the Fortress Königstein and charming villages back to its origin Pirna.

Not only does this short hiking trip along Malerweg trail lead you to the tourist attractions Pfaffenstein and Fortress Königstein, it also guides you to less famous sights. As the trail passes through secluded paths and untouched nature, it enchants both nature lovers and fans of hiking.

Numerous observation decks are located either directly on the Malerweg trail or just a stone’s throw away. Look forward to the fascination offered by the hiking region Saxon Switzerland!

This walking trip is not recommendable for travellers with mobility impairments.

Travel description as PDF

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Detailed tour description

Please note that the routes indicated in the itinerary are the hiking stages only. The places of accommodation may differ from the starting and finishing points of the hikes.

Day 1: Individual arrival at Krippen
Krippen, a district of the state-recognised Kneipp spa town of Bad Schandau, suggests itself being the perfect starting destination for short hiking tours along Malerweg trail on the left side of the Elbe River. From here you can easily take the ferry to Bad Schandau on the day of your arrival (additional costs) and spend the afternoon with a walk or a visit to the Toskana Therme.

Day 2: Neumannmühle – Großer Winterberg – region Schmilka/Krippen (approx. 14 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs, + 620 m, - 720 m)
First you travel by bus to the Neumannmühle. You hike through the 'Hintere Sächsiche Schweiz' to the Zeughaus. Shortly afterwards, the breathtaking Goldstein view awaits you. After crossing the Elbe by ferry, you travel by S-Bahn to your accommodation in Bad Schandau/Krippen or continue hiking the Malerweg via Schöna and Reinhardtsdorf to Krippen (further approx. 9 km).

Day 3: Region Schmilka/Krippen – Gohrisch (approx. 17 km, walking time: 6.5 hrs, + 620 m, - 720 m)
Enjoy today’s view on the Schrammstein massif located on the other side of the Elbe River. Before you will reach the spa resort Gohrisch, you climb up the mesas Papstein and Gohrisch. Capture the different spectacular views of the landscape of Elbe Sandstone Mountains from the respective peaks.

Trip to Lilienstein (approx. 12 km)

Experience a breathtaking hike from Gohrisch to Lilienstein, another landmark in Saxon Switzerland. You can book the trip including additional night in Gohrisch online. All information can be found in the "Quotes" tab or during the online booking.

Day 4: Gohrisch – Königstein (approx. 9 km, walking time: approx. 4 hrs, + 270 m, - 470 m)

On the third day of your short hiking tour you will not have to cover too many kilometres, so that you will have enough time in the afternoon to visit Königstein Fortress. Beforehand, you will master an ascent via wooden and iron stairs to the Pfaffenstein with its famous rock needle Barbarine in front of it. According to legend, the freestanding rock is a petrified virgin who was cursed by her mother in anger.

If you would like to visit Königstein Fortress in the afternoon, we recommend that you plan at least two hours, as there is a lot to discover in this historically charming mountain fortress. If you don't feel like visiting the castle, you can also make a detour from Königstein to the Lilienstein, the only table mountain on the right bank of the Elbe.

Day 5: Königstein – Pirna/Dresden (approx. 20 km, walking time: approx. 7.5 hrs, + 670 m, - 660 m)
Your fourth hiking tour on Malerweg trail part 2 firstly leads you to Thürmsdorf, where you can visit its castle and chocolate manufacture. Latter allows gourmets to taste various chocolate creations. Passing Weißig, you will soon reach the Rauenstein massif, from where you can spot the famous Bastei Bridge on the other bank of the Elbe. You have almost reached the destination of your short walking tour: via Naundorf and Obervogelgesang you will reach Pirna in the afternoon. Depending on availability, you will sleep in Dresden (tickets included).

Day 6: Individual departure
Four eventful and varied walking trips on Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg Trail lay behind you now. How about some more days of relaxing vacation in Saxon Switzerland or a cultural trip to Dresden? We would be delighted to book additional overnight stays for you in Dresden or in other towns along the trail.

This walking trip is not recommendable for travellers with mobility impairments.


Contact person

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Services included

  • Welcome surprise
  • 5 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
  • 5 x continental breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation during your walking tours
  • GPS data on request
  • 1 package with maps and information material per room (in English language)
  • 24-hours-service-hotline during your walking holidays

Bookable value-added services for these walking holidays along Malerweg trail

Please feel free to add the following value-added services to the basic travel package to personalize your short walking tour along the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg trail: 

  • Additional nights
  • Trip to Lilienstein on Day 4 from/to Gohrisch (additional night)
  • FlexPLUS: rebook or cancel up to 28 days before arrival without giving reasons (more about our FlexPLUS)

Prices of these value-added services are detailed under the tab "Quotes".

Further advice on the hiking tours along the Malerweg trail

  • Please note that in certain cities in the Elbe Sanstone Mountains compulsory city, tourist or occupancy taxes may be required to be paid. Unless otherwise indicated, the taxes are not included in our prices and have to be paid directly to the hotel.

This walking trip is not recommendable for travellers with mobility impairments.

Contact person

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Prices for services included

incl. luggage transfer
Price validity: 01.04.2022 to 31.10.2022
449.00 € per person
609.00 € per person

Prices for additional nights

Dbl per night/person
Sgl per night/person
Bad Schandau / Krippen
58.00 €
80.00 €
60.00 €
80.00 €
65.00 €
90.00 €

Additional Services

Trip to Lilienstein and additional night in Gohrisch
69.00 (DZ), €89.00 € (EZ) per person
FlexPLUS (rebook or cancel up to 28 days before arrival)
39.00 (DZ), €39.00 € (EZ) per person


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Short hiking trip along the Malerweg trail Part 2
6 days/ 5 nights
01.04.2022 - 31.10.2022

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