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Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg Trail

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In the far southeast of Germany the rather small but very famous Elbe Sandstone Mountains are located. Just a stone’s throw from Saxony’s capitol Dresden, you can immerge into a magic world of bizzare rock formations, deep valleys, historical fortresses and the river landscape of the Elbe.

The Elbe Sandstone Malerweg trail, a 112 km long circular walking route, 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.

The region is also called "Saxon Switzerland" and the name dates back to the 18th century when the Swiss painters Anton Graff and Adrian Zingg felt reminded of their landscape back home. Later, Romantics such as Caspar David Friedrich and Ludwig Richter were inspired by the fascinating views in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and created unique works of art.

So you will hike along the tracks of famous painters as the name Malerweg Trail suggests (literal translation: Painter’s Path or Trail). Set out to experience the fairytale-like landscape of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains yourself!

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

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Please note: If you arrive on Monday, you will stay overnight in Gohrisch on the 7th and 8th day, otherwise in Königstein.

Day 1: Individual arrival at Dresden
The "Florence on the Elbe" shines with the world-famous sights of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the Zwinger, the Semper Opera House and the Brühl Terrace and forms a picturesque silhouette. Let yourself be enchanted by the historical flair during a stroll through the baroque Old Town.

Day 2: Pirna-Liebethal – Rathen (approx. 17 km, walking time: approx. 5,5 hrs)
In the morning, you will take the S-bahn and bus tto Pirna-Liebethal, the starting point of your first hiking tour along the Malerweg (duration: approx. 1 h). During your first hiking stage you will walk through three wild and romantic ravines. Experience one of the special features of the natural landscape in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains: favoured by the microclimate, you will encounter a lush and varied flora in the deep gorges along the Malerweg Trail. Nun ist es nicht weit bis zum wohl berühmtesten Aussichtspunkt der Sächsischen Schweiz – der Basteibrücke.

Day 3: Rathen – Hohnstein (approx. 8 km, walking time: approx. 3,5  hrs)
Today you descend into the Amselgrund and head for the second highlight of your hiking tour - the Hockstein. Through the Wolfsschlucht you reach the Polenztal valley, below the village of Hohnstein with its castle, which you will have enough time to visit.

Day 4: Hohenstein – Altendorf/Kirnitzschtal (approx. 15 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs)
Today you will hike to the Brand viewpoint which is also called the ‘Balcony of Saxon Switzerland’. You will continue the tour by taking roughly 800 steps down into the ‘Tiefen Grund’ gorge. Passing Waitzdorf you will reach Altendorf or continue along the Panorama trail to the Kirnitzschtal valley.

Day 5: Altendorf/Kirnitzschtal – Schrammsteine – Neumannmühle (approx. 17 km, walking time: 6.5 hrs)
Hike directly uphill to the Schrammstein viewpoint and along the ridge path through the Schrammstein massif. Passing the Großer and Kleiner Dom, you reach the Affensteinweg, which leads you to the Lichtenhainer Wasserfall. Via the Kuhstall with its sky ladder, you reach the stage destination - the technical monument Neumannmühle. By bus you return to the Kirnitzschtal valley or to Bad Schandau.

Day 6: Neumannmühle – Großer Winterberg – region Schmilka/ Krippen (approx. 14 22 km, walking time: approx. 6  8 hrs)
You start the day taking the bus back to Neumannmühle to continue the walking tour along the Malerweg Trail. Explore the region called "Hintere Sächsische Schweiz" with Zeughaus and Goldstein view point before climbing up to Großer Winterberg, with 556 metres the second highest mountain in Saxon Switzerland.  In Schmilka you take the Elbe ferry (costs not included) and 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 7: Region Schmilka/ Reinhardtsdorf – Gohrisch (approx. 15 18 km, walking time: 6 7 hrs)
Take the S-Bahn to the end of yesterday's hike to Schmilka or continue directly from Krippen on the Malerweg. Climbing the table mountains Papststein and Gohrisch are on your tour plan today. You will spend the night in Gohrisch or Königstein.

Day 8: Round hike Gohrisch/Königstein: Pfaffenstein, Quirl,  Königstein Fortress (approx. 15 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs)
Today's short hike along the Malerweg leads you over the Pfaffenstein, past the Diebeskeller cave to Königstein Fortress. This leaves enough time for a visit to the "Inconceivable".

Day 9: Gohrisch/Königstein – Wehlen/Pirna (approx. 20/13 km, walking time: approx. 7.5/5 hrs)
Passing Thürmsdorf and Weissig, the last hiking stage on the Malerweg trail leads you to the Rauenstein massif. From the top you can catch sight of the Bastei Bridge on the other side of the Elbe River. Over the ridge you walk on towards Pirna, where you board the S-Bahn to Dresden. If the route is too long for you, take the S-Bahn after 13 km from Wehlen or after 18 km from Obervogelgesang.

Day 10: Individual departure
Take your time to review your memories of the walking holidays along the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg Trail before departure. You are very welcome to prolong your journey with additional nights in Dresden and enjoy the cultural flair of the baroque city. We would be delighted to book additional overnight stays for you in Dresden or in other towns along the trail.

Note: 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.

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

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Preisinfo (nur fuer Gruppen und Weinreisen)

[services] =>
  • Welcome surprise
  • 9 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
  • 9 x continental breakfast
  • tickets for public transport for the second, fifth and sixth day
  • 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
  • CoronaPLUS: Your chance to rebook or cancel free of charge until 42 days prior to the arrival date without indication of reasons. This service is included in all bookings until 31/10/2021 for free.

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 walking holidays along the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg trail: 

  • Additional nights in Dresden (bookable before and after the tour)

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.

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10 days | approx. 120 km | from 749 €

Malerweg Trail 1st part (Dresden - Neumannmühle)

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The rather small, but therefore very famous Elbe Sandstone Mountains are located in the far East of Germany. There, just a glimpse away from Saxony’s capitol Dresden, you can immerge into a magic world of impressive rock formations, deep valleys, historical fortresses and the river landscape of the Elbe River. 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, marked with a significant "M", is 112 km long and follows the tracks of romantic artists. It allows you to discover divers hiking tracks along bizarre rock formations of Saxon Switzerland.

Taking part in this short hiking tour, you explore the first part of the Malerweg trail between Pirna and Bad Schandau, which is located on the right side of the Elbe. After the last hike you leave Bad Schandau and return back to your starting point Pirna where you spend one more night. From here, you can perfectly plan your journey back home. You may continue your tour and hike the second part of the Malerweg trail with us at a later time – we look forward to seeing you!

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

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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 Dresden
On the arrival day of your short hiking tour along the Malerweg, we recommend a walk through Dresden, with its many alleys and numerous sights.

Day 2: Pirna-Liebethal – City of Wehlen (approx. 12 km, walking time: approx. 4 hrs)
In the morning you take the S-Bahn and bus to Pirna-Liebethal (duration approx. 1h). From here you start your first hike: The Liebethaler Grund is also called the gateway to Saxon Switzerland and is therefore the ideal starting point for your short hiking tour along the Malerweg. The pretty resort town of Stadt Wehlen awaits you at the end of today's hike.

Day 3: Wehlen – Hohnstein (approx. 13 km, walking time: approx. 5 hrs) Right at the beginning of your second hike you will experience a special highlight of Saxon Switzerland: the Bastei Bridge. It forms the connection between the Bastei and the rock castle of Neurathen. From here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Saxon Switzerland. After descending into the Amselgrund, where you can take a short boat trip, you reach the Hockstein, from where there are exciting views of the lower Polenztal valley. Through the Wolfschlucht gorge, past the Polenztal valley and the Schindergraben ditch, you reach Hohnstein, your destination for today's stage.

Day 4: Hohnstein – Kirnitzschtal (approx. 15 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs)
The phenomenal panoramic view at Brand viewpoint – also known as balcony of Saxon Switzerland – is the highlight of today’s hike on Malerweg trail. After taking a break and enjoying the view, you continue your way down into Kirnitzschtal valley walking down 800 steps. Via Waitzdorf and Altendorf you hike to the end of the stage in the Kirnitzschtal. Here you can take the bus/the Kirnitzschtalbahn (extra cost) to your hotel in Bad Schandau or walk the further 3 km.

Day 5: Kirnitzschtal – Schrammsteine – Neumannmühle (approx. 17 km, walking time: 6.5 hrs)

Take the bus/the Kirnitzschtalbahn to the Ostrau Mühle, the start of your last stage on the Malerweg. You hike directly uphill to the Schrammsteinaussicht and along the ridge path through the Schrammstein massif. Passing the Great and Small Cathedral, you reach the Affenstein Trail, which leads you to the Lichtenhain Waterfall. After the Kuhstall, you reach the technical monument Neumannmühle. Your short hiking tour already ends at the Neumannmühle, because from here you take the public bus to Bad Schandau.

Day 6: Individual departure
After an unforgettable hiking holiday at the Malerweg you start your return journey today. Or you can extend your short hiking tour with an additional night in Saxon Switzerland. However, you can also extend your short walking tour in the baroque city of Dresden and enjoy some of the cultural delicacies the capitol of Saxony has to offer. With pleasure, we will book additional overnight stays in Dresden, Pirna or other towns along the first part of Malerweg trail for you – simply let us know!

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

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Preisinfo (nur fuer Gruppen und Weinreisen)

[services] =>
  • Welcome surprise
  • 5 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star standard
  • 5 x continental breakfast
  • Train tickets for the second and fifth day of walking
  • 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
  • CoronaPLUS: Your chance to rebook or cancel free of charge until 42 days prior to the arrival date without indication of reasons. This service is included in all bookings until 31/10/2021 for free.

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 hiking tour along the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg trail: 

  • Additional nights in Dresden or Bad Schandau (bookable before or after the trip)

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 along the Elbe Sanstone Mountains Malerweg trail 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.

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6 days | approx. 60 km | from 429 €

Malerweg Trail 2nd part (Bad Schandau – Pirna)

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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.

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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/ Reinhardtsdorf (approx. 14 22 km, walking time: approx. 6  8 hrs)
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 (additional cost), you walk up steps to Schöna and soon reach your todays's destination.

Day 3: Region Schmilka/ Reinhardtsdorf – Gohrisch (approx. 9  17 km, walking time: 4 6.5 hrs)
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.

Day 4: Gohrisch – Königstein/ Weißig (approx. 9/16 km, walking time: approx. 4/5.5 hrs)

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/ Weißig – Pirna (approx. 20/13 km, walking time: approx. 7.5/5 hrs)
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.

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? You are very welcome to prolong your journey with additional nights in Dresden and enjoy the cultural flair of the baroque city. 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.

[preisinfo] =>

Preisinfo (nur fuer Gruppen und Weinreisen)

[services] =>
  • Welcome surprise
  • 5 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
  • 5 x continental breakfast
  • Train tickets for the second hiking day
  • 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
  • CoronaPLUS: Your chance to rebook or cancel free of charge until 42 days prior to the arrival date without indication of reasons. This service is included in all bookings until 31/10/2021 for free.

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 at every overnight location according to the tour description or in Dresden

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.

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6 days | approx. 60 km | from 409 €

Circular tour Elbe Sandstone Mountains

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For centuries, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains have fascinated nature lovers, romantics and hikers. Walk through the wildly rugged rocky world of Saxon Switzerland and enjoy breathtaking views from bizarre rock formations and plateaus, alternating with romantic valleys alongside the Elbe River.

During your hiking holidays you will see famous sights such as the Bastei near Rathen, the Königstein Fortress and the Rock Arch Pravčická Brána in Bohemian Switzerland (the largest natural stone bridge in Europe). But the tour will also take you to attractions lesser-known such as Schrammsteine and Paffenstein with the ‘Barbarine’ rock needle

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

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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 Bad Schandau
After your arrival in Bad Schandau, either by car or train, you can take a short tour of the town. The massive, Protestant St. John's Church with its octagonal west tower has existed in its present form since 1679 and stands directly on the market square. Together with the numerous hotels bordering the Elbe and the two Elbe bridges, St. John's Church forms the town silhouette of Bad Schandau.

Day 2: Bad Schandau – Brand Fortress Hohnstein Rathen (approx. 18 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs)
The first walking tour starts with an ascent to a fine panoramic view. Later on you will take around 800 stairs to reach the Brand – the "Balcony of the Saxon Switzerland National Park". Enjoy the breathtaking view over the Elbe River Valley and the Sandstone Mountains before you continue your hike to the impressive Hohnstein Castle. The last part of today’s hiking tour takes you through idyllic ravines and forests, past wonderful Amsel Lake to the spa town Rathen.

Day 3: Rathen Wehlen Königstein (approx. 14 km, walking time: approx. 56 hrs)
You will start the tour with an ascent to the famous Bastei Rocks with its bridge. At the peak – approximately 300 metres above sea level – you will have wonderful views over the Elbe River Valley. Continue your tour through the Höllengrund and Wehlener Grund to the picturesque town Wehlen. Here you will cross the Elbe river by ferry and soon reach the rock formation Rauenstein. On the top of the rock offering stunning views including the Bastei Rocks. Today’s destination will be Königstein with its famous fortress which is the largest in Europe.

Day 4: Königstein – Pfaffenstein – Gohrisch (approx. 11 km, walking time: approx. 4.5 hrs)
From Königstein, you will walk on pleasant forest paths to the Paffenstein with the famous rock pinnacle Barbarine. This over 42 meter high rock is the best known freestanding rock in the German part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and is one of the landmarks of Saxon Switzerland National Park. Afterwards, the hiking tour takes you further up the Pfaffenstein trail to the summit of the Pfaffenstein with its impressive view of the Lilienstein. Continue along the Muselweg trail to the spa town of Gohrisch

Day 5: Gohrisch Papststein Krippen (approx. 10 km, walking time: approx. 4.5 hrs)
On your fourth day of walking you will continue to explore the so called ‘Empire of Stones’ by climbing the Gohrisch (448 metres) and then the Papststein (451 metres). From both rock formations you will have wonderful views over the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Passing the adventurous Kleinhennersdorfer Höhlen (caves) and through the Liethen Valley, you will arrive in Krippen – today’s destination.

Day 6: Hrensko – Rock Arch – Hrensko (approx. 15 km, walking time: approx 5 hrs)
For your today’s walking tour you will need your passports or ID card because it will take place in the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic. By train (S-Bahn) you will get from Krippen to Hřensko from where the hiking path will lead you to Europe's largest natural rock arch – the Pravčická brána. We recommend you to take time to explore the impressive attractions. Afterwards, your walking tour will lead you into the wild valley of the river Kamenice. Soon you will reach the boat station of the Edmundsklamm gorge and continue your way by water (extra costs, not included in the price). Enjoy the gentle boat ride along the narrow course of the river past imaginative rock formations. Back in Hřensko, walk to the Elbe and then take the S-Bahn back to Krippen.

Day 7: Krippen Schrammsteine – Lichtenhain waterfall – Bad Schandau (approx. 14 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs)
By ferry across the Elbe (extra costs) you will reach the starting point of the last hiking tour. After a gentle walk on forest paths you will have an arduous ascent via steel ladders and staircases to the Schrammstein rocks and ridge. But it is worth the effort because a breathtaking view over the entire Elbe Sandstone Mountains will unfold itself from the top. You then follow the forest path along the Affensteig and reach the Lichtenhainer waterfall. From here you take the bus or the famous Kirnitzschtalbahn (historical tram – ticket not included) back to Bad Schandau.

Day 8: Individual departure
With lots of wonderful memories you will start your journey back home. You are welcome to prolong your holidays with additional nights in the region or Dresden. We will gladly arrange the accommodations for you.

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

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  • Welcome surprise
  • 7 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
  • 7 x continental breakfast
  • Train ticket for the sixth and seventh hiking day
  • 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
  • CoronaPLUS: Your chance to rebook or cancel free of charge until 42 days prior to the arrival date without indication of reasons. This service is included in all bookings until 31/10/2021 for free.

Bookable value-added services for these walking holidays

Please feel free to add the following value-added services to the basic travel package to personalize your circular tour: 

  • Additional nights in Bad Schandau or Dresden (bookable before or after the trip)

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

Further advice on this walking tour in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Please note that in certain cities in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains compulsory city, tourist or occupancy taxes are required to be paid. Unless otherwise indicated, these 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.

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Level of difficulty: averageCircular tour (1st and last overnight stay in the same hotel)AugustusTours Original Tour (organized by AugustusTours)

8 days | approx. 80 km | from 559 €

More information about our walking holidays in Saxon Switzerland

Welcome to the romantic hiking region of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains!

Map of our German hiking regions where AugustusTours organizes walking holidaysThe German part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains located a few miles from Dresden in the southeast of Germany is also known as Saxon Switzerland. This nick name "Saxon Switzerland" was given by two Swiss painters who were impressed by the similarity of the area with their own country.

During your walking holidays you will see bizarre rock formations, massive woods, plateaus and valleys of various shapes alongside the Elbe River inclusive famous natural and cultural sights such as the "Fortress Koenigstein", the "Barbarine" and "Pfaffenstein" rocks and the well known Rock Arch Pravčická Brána in Bohemian Switzerland (the largest natural stone bridge on the European continent).

Walking along the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg Trail

The Malerweg trail is one of the most famous ones in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. This circular trail is 112 km long and leads you along the Bastei Bridge, the health resort Bad Schandau, the Lichtenhain Waterfall, the Fortress Königstein back to its destination Pirna.

As the name of Malerweg trail (literal translation: Painter's trail) already suggests, you hike along the tracks of famous painters as e.g. Casper David Friedrich and Ludwig Richter. Both were inspired by the magnificent view from the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and created unique paintings back in the 18th century.

We would be happy to organize your walking holidays in Saxon Switzerland

Logo of the most famous hiking trail in Saxon Switzerland - the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg TrailSince 2007 we have been offering walking holidays as self-guided tours in English language and thereby have gained a lot of experience with foreign travellers. If you are interested in booking a hiking tour in Saxon Switzerland we would be glad to become your travel partner! All you need to worry about are arrival, departure and a good pair of hiking boots – the entire rest you can leave up to us!

We will organise the reservation of your hotels, the transport of your luggage and if necessary lunch packages, transfers or further services. If you want to know more about our walking holidays in general or get more details information about our hiking tours in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, please feel free to contact us!