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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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Day 1: Individual arrival at Pirna
You travel individually to the city of Pirna, known as the ‘gateway to Saxon Switzerland’. We recommend you to take a walk through the city’s historic centre with its medieval alleys and numerous artfully decorated town houses. The city is also located close to Dresden and can be reached conveniently by public transport from there.

Day 2: Pirna-Liebethal – City of Wehlen/ Rathen (approx. 12/17 km, walking time: approx. 4 5,5 hrs)
In the morning, you will take the bus to the starting point of the Malerweg trail. 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. Today’s destination is Wehlen or the spa resort Rathen, both quiet little towns situated on the Elbe River.

Day 3: Wehlen/Rathen – Hohnstein (approx. 13/8 km, walking time: approx. 3,5 5 hrs)
From Wehlen it is not too far to the probably most famous viewpoint of Saxon Switzerland – the Bastei Bridge. We recommend you to start the walking tour early in the morning to appreciate the stunning view fairly undisturbed. Then you will descend into the Amselgrund and head for the second highlight of your walking tour – the Hockstein rock. From here you have a wonderful view to Hohnstein with its castle. Through the Wolfsschlucht gorge you climb down into the lovely Polenztal valley and via the Schindergraben you will reach Hohnstein.

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’. Enjoy the phenomenal panoramic view by trying a local delicacy served in the restaurant Brandsteinbaude. 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)
One of the highlights today is the Schrammsteine massif, an elongated and heavily ragged rock formation offering stunning views. After passing the Schammtor gate, a steep ascent via steel ladders leads you to the Schrammstein view point and you will cross the Schrammstein massif along the Gratweg, a ridge path. Following the Affensteinweg trail you will reach Lichtenhain Waterfall and then continue to the Kuhstall Cave, a natural rock arch. After a descent into the Kirnitzschtal valley, you will soon reach today’s destination the Neumannmühle, a technical monument. The bus will take you through the Kirnitzschtal valley to your accommodation.

Day 6: Neumannmühle – Großer Winterberg – region Schmilka/ Reinhardtsdorf (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. On the descent to Schmilka we recommend a short detour to the Kipphorn view point. After crossing the Elbe River by ferry in Schmilka (additional costs) you walk up steps to Schöna and soon reach your today's destination.

Day 7: Region Schmilka/ Reinhardtsdorf – Gohrisch (approx. 9  17 km, walking time: 4 6.5 hrs)
Today you can enjoy the view of the Schrammstein massif from the other side of the Elbe River. Before you will reach the spa town Gohrisch, you will crest the two table mountains Papststein and Gohrisch. Capture the different spectacular views of the landscape of Elbe Sandstone Mountains from the respective peaks.

Day 8: Gohrisch – Königstein/Weißig (approx. 9/16 km, walking time: approx. 4/5.5 hrs)
The Malerweg trail will take you first to the Pfaffenstein massif. You will reach the top via the narrow Nadelöhr, a steep ascent featuring steel staircases and ladders and an imposing view over to Lilienstein and Königstein fortress will await you. After catching a glimpse of the impressive fortress from the distance, the Malerweg trail now leads you through the town of Königstein and to the fortress. The short hiking stage will give you plenty of time to explore the tourist attraction.  

Day 9: Königstein/Weißig – 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. The descent along the ridge will lead you to Pötzscha. Via Naundorf and Obervogelgesang you will return to the starting point of your walking tour – Pirna.

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.

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

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Preisinfo (nur fuer Gruppen und Weinreisen)

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  • 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
  • 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 walking holidays along the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg trail: 

  • Additional nights at every overnight location according to the tour description as well as 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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10 days | approx. 120 km | from 659 €

Circular tour Malerweg Trail (sportive tour)

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If you like longer and more challenging hikes, then this tour along the entire Malerweg Trail may appeal to you. On six stages, between 17 and 22 kilometres long, you can spend your sportive walking holidays where famous painters such as Caspar David Friedrich once found inspiration. Discover the fascinating, wildly romantic nature of Saxon Switzerland on both sides of the Elbe!

Pirna is the starting point of your walking trip into the unspoilt flora of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains with its peculiar rock formations. Enjoy breathtaking views after hiking up to the famous Bastei Bridge, the Schrammsteine and the Königstein Fortress

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

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Day 1: Individual arrival in Pirna
After your arrival in Pirna, also known as the ‘gateway to Saxon Switzerland’, we recommend a walk through the medieval alleys. The city is also located close to Dresden and can be reached conveniently by public transport from there.

Day 2: Pirna-Liebethal – Rathen (approx. 17 km, walking time: approx. 5 hrs)
In the morning, you will take the bus to the starting point of the Malerweg trail. During your first hiking stage you will walk through three wild and romantic ravines with lush and diverse flora. Continuing via the town Wehlen, calmly situated on the Elbe River, you will reach the probably most famous viewpoint of Saxon Switzerland – the Bastei Bridge. Then you will descend into the Amselgrund to Rathen, today’s destination.

Day 3: Rathen – Hohnstein – Altendorf/Kirnitzschtal (approx. 22 km, walking time: approx. 6 – 7 hrs)
The first highlight of today’s hiking tour is the Hockstein rock from where you have a wonderful view to Hohnstein with its castle. Climbing down through the Wolfsschlucht gorge you will reach the lovely Polenztal. After a short ascent you will continue along the Malerweg Trail and reach the second highlight of the tour – the Brand viewpoint, also called the ‘Balcony of Saxon Switzerland’. Take a moment and enjoy the phenomenal panoramic view. After walking down roughly 800 steps into the ‘Tiefen Grund’ gorge and passing Waitzdorf you will soon arrive in Altendorf or continue along the Panorama trail to the Kirnitzschtal valley.

Day 4: Altendorf/Kirnitzschtal – Schrammsteine – Neumannmühle (approx. 17 km, walking time: approx. 6.5 hrs)
One of the highlights today is the Schrammstein massif, an elongated and heavily ragged rock formation offering stunning views. After passing the Schammtor gate, a steep ascent via steel ladders leads you to the Schrammstein view point and you will cross the Schrammstein massif along the Gratweg, a ridge path. Following the Affensteinweg trail you will reach Lichtenhain Waterfall and then continue to the Kuhstall Cave, a natural rock arch. After a descent into the Kirnitzschtal valley, you will soon reach today’s destination the Neumannmühle, a technical monument. The bus will take you through the Kirnitzschtal valley to your accommodation.

Day 5: Neumannmühle – Schmilka – Krippen (approx. 22 km, walking time: approx. 7 – 8 hrs)
You start the day taking the bus back to Neumannmühle to continue the hiking 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 metre the second highest mountain in Saxon Switzerland. On the descent to Schmilka we recommend a short detour to the Kipphorn view point. After crossing the Elbe River by ferry in Schmilka (additional costs) you walk up steps to Schöna. Now enjoy the view of the Schrammstein massif from the other side of the Elbe River while walking to Krippen, today’s destination.

Day 6: Krippen – Gohrisch – Königstein (approx. 21 km, walking time: 7 hrs)
Today’s stage is characterised by the climb of three rock massifs and the walk through vast plains. You will start with the Papststein, followed by the Gohrisch and then the Pfaffenstein. The three tops offer different breathtaking views of the landscape of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Your hiking stage ends in Königstein and if you still have time, we recommend you to visit the impressive fortress, enthroning above the town.

Day 7: Königstein – Pirna (approx. 20 km, walking time: approx. 7.5 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. The descent along the ridge will lead you to Pötzscha, via Naundorf and Obervogelgesang you will return to the starting point of your hiking tour – Pirna.

Day 8: Individual return journey
After six sportive walking stages with unforgettable moments along the Malerweg Trail, you will start your journey back home. You are very welcome to prolong your journey and treat yourself to an additional relaxing day in Pirna or the nearby Dresden – ‘Florence on the Elbe’. We will be happy to book additional overnight stays for you so do not hesitate to ask us. 

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

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Preisinfo (nur fuer Gruppen und Weinreisen)

[services] =>
  • Welcome surprise
  • 7 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
  • 7 x continental breakfast
  • Bus/Train tickets according to the tour programme
  • Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation during your walking tours
  • 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 sportive walking holidays on Malerweg trail: 

  • Additional nights at every overnight location according to the tour description as well as 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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8 days | approx. 120 km | from 569 €

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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Day 1: Individual arrival at Bad Schandau
After your arrival in Bad Schandau, take a stroll around the town’s medieval centre or along the Elbe river. Pay a visit to the protestant Church of St. John with its octagonal western tower standing in its original form since 1679.

Day 2: Bad Schandau – Brand Fortress Hohnstein Rathen (approx. 17 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs)
Your first walking day 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, followed by an ascent through the Wolfsschlucht gorge to the Hockstein. 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)
Today 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. Via staircases and ladders you will climb to 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. At the top of the Pfaffenstein explore the various outlook points with imposing views in different directions. Later you will reach the spa town Gohrisch via the Musel path (Muselweg).

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 (in German Prebischtor). 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. Enjoy the gentle boat ride through the Edmund’s Gorge (extra costs) along the narrow river past steep rock walls and imaginative rock formations to Hřensko. Then take the train (S-Bahn) back to Krippen.

Day 7: Krippen Schrammsteine – Lichtenhain waterfall – Bad Schandau (approx. 13 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. Continuing the path via the Malerweg Trail (Painter’s Path) you will reach the Lichtenhain waterfall. From here you take the bus or the famous Kirnitzschtalbahn (historical tram – ticket not included) back to Bad Schandau.

Day 8: Individual departure
After a delicious breakfast and with lots of wonderful memories about your hiking tour through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, 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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Preisinfo (nur fuer Gruppen und Weinreisen)

[services] =>
  • Welcome surprise
  • 7 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
  • 7 x continental breakfast
  • Train ticket for the sixth 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

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 at every overnight location according to the tour description

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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aktiv@augustustours.de

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8 days | approx. 80 km | from 529 €

Overwiev of all hiking tour offers in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

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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Day 1: Individual arrival at Pirna
You travel individually to the city of Pirna, known as the ‘gateway to Saxon Switzerland’. We recommend you to take a walk through the city’s historic centre with its medieval alleys and numerous artfully decorated town houses. The city is also located close to Dresden and can be reached conveniently by public transport from there.

Day 2: Pirna-Liebethal – City of Wehlen/ Rathen (approx. 12/17 km, walking time: approx. 4 5,5 hrs)
In the morning, you will take the bus to the starting point of the Malerweg trail. 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. Today’s destination is Wehlen or the spa resort Rathen, both quiet little towns situated on the Elbe River.

Day 3: Wehlen/Rathen – Hohnstein (approx. 13/8 km, walking time: approx. 3,5 5 hrs)
From Wehlen it is not too far to the probably most famous viewpoint of Saxon Switzerland – the Bastei Bridge. We recommend you to start the walking tour early in the morning to appreciate the stunning view fairly undisturbed. Then you will descend into the Amselgrund and head for the second highlight of your walking tour – the Hockstein rock. From here you have a wonderful view to Hohnstein with its castle. Through the Wolfsschlucht gorge you climb down into the lovely Polenztal valley and via the Schindergraben you will reach Hohnstein.

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’. Enjoy the phenomenal panoramic view by trying a local delicacy served in the restaurant Brandsteinbaude. 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)
One of the highlights today is the Schrammsteine massif, an elongated and heavily ragged rock formation offering stunning views. After passing the Schammtor gate, a steep ascent via steel ladders leads you to the Schrammstein view point and you will cross the Schrammstein massif along the Gratweg, a ridge path. Following the Affensteinweg trail you will reach Lichtenhain Waterfall and then continue to the Kuhstall Cave, a natural rock arch. After a descent into the Kirnitzschtal valley, you will soon reach today’s destination the Neumannmühle, a technical monument. The bus will take you through the Kirnitzschtal valley to your accommodation.

Day 6: Neumannmühle – Großer Winterberg – region Schmilka/ Reinhardtsdorf (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. On the descent to Schmilka we recommend a short detour to the Kipphorn view point. After crossing the Elbe River by ferry in Schmilka (additional costs) you walk up steps to Schöna and soon reach your today's destination.

Day 7: Region Schmilka/ Reinhardtsdorf – Gohrisch (approx. 9  17 km, walking time: 4 6.5 hrs)
Today you can enjoy the view of the Schrammstein massif from the other side of the Elbe River. Before you will reach the spa town Gohrisch, you will crest the two table mountains Papststein and Gohrisch. Capture the different spectacular views of the landscape of Elbe Sandstone Mountains from the respective peaks.

Day 8: Gohrisch – Königstein/Weißig (approx. 9/16 km, walking time: approx. 4/5.5 hrs)
The Malerweg trail will take you first to the Pfaffenstein massif. You will reach the top via the narrow Nadelöhr, a steep ascent featuring steel staircases and ladders and an imposing view over to Lilienstein and Königstein fortress will await you. After catching a glimpse of the impressive fortress from the distance, the Malerweg trail now leads you through the town of Königstein and to the fortress. The short hiking stage will give you plenty of time to explore the tourist attraction.  

Day 9: Königstein/Weißig – 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. The descent along the ridge will lead you to Pötzscha. Via Naundorf and Obervogelgesang you will return to the starting point of your walking tour – Pirna.

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.

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
  • 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 walking holidays along the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg trail: 

  • Additional nights at every overnight location according to the tour description as well as 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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10 days | approx. 120 km | from 659 €

Malerweg Trail 1st part (Pirna – Bad Schandau)

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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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Day 1: Individual arrival at Pirna
You travel individually to the city of Pirna, which is known as the "gate to Saxon Switzerland". Pirna is located not to far from the Saxon capitol Dresden and can be reached by public transportation easily. We recommend you take a walking tour through the medieval alleys of Pirna and see the numerous artfully decorated town houses. 

Day 2: Pirna-Liebethal – City of Wehlen/Spa resort Rathen (approx. 12/17 km, walking time: approx. 4 5,5 hrs)
In the morning, you take the bus to your point of departure of your first hiking tour right on Malerweg trail. Today, you will hike through three wild and romantic grounds. Thereby, you experience the regional feature of the natural landscape Saxon Switzerland has to offer: Due to microclimatic conditions, you face an abundant and opulent flora in the deep canyons of this spectacular mountain range. Today’s final destination is the city of Wehlen (or alternatively the spa resort Rathen), both peaceful little towns right by the Elbe River.

Day 3: Wehlen/Rathen – Hohnstein (approx. 13/8 km, walking time: approx. 3,5 5 hrs)
Not far from Wehlen, you have a picturesque view over the Elbe Sandstone Mountains from probably the most famous observation deck – the Bastei Bridge. Best thing to do is to start your hike on Malerweg trail early in the morning in order to enjoy this stunning view fairly undisturbed. You descend down into Amselground and head for the second highlight of your hiking tour – the Hockstein Rock. From there, you have the perfect view onto today’s accommodation town – the city of Hohenstein. The Malerweg trail leads you along Wolf Canyon, Polenztal valley and Schindergraben right to your final destination for that day.

Day 4: Hohnstein – Altendorf/ 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. 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)
Walking on Gratweg trail through Schrammstein massif, you hike directly uphill to Schrammstein viewpoint. Passing Big and Small Dome (wild romantic valley end), you reach Affensteinweg trail which leads you directly to Lichtenhain Waterfall. After visiting the natural arch Kuhstall with its Himmelsleiter you walk back down into Kirnitzschtal valley in order to reach the final destination Neumannmühle. Your short hiking tour already ends at Neumannmühle as you will take the public bus going 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

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

6 days | approx. 55 km | from 379 €

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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Day 1: Individual arrival at Krippen
Krippen, a district 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. Krippen is a district of Bad Schandau, which is a governmentally approved spa resort and is ideally situated for going for a short hike on Caspar David Friedrich trail or taking the ferry to Bad Schandau (extra costs). There you can enjoy the afternoon going for a walk or relaxing in the local Toscana thermal bath.

Day 2: Neumannmühle – Großer Winterberg – region Schmilka/ Reinhardtsdorf (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. On the descent to Schmilka we recommend a short detour to the Kipphorn view point. After crossing the Elbe River by ferry in Schmilka (additional costs) 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)
The Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg trail will take you first to the Pfaffenstein massif. You will reach the top via the narrow Nadelöhr, a steep ascent featuring steel staircases and ladders and an imposing view over to Lilienstein and Königstein fortress will await you. After catching a glimpse of the impressive fortress from the distance, the Malerweg trail now leads you through the town of Königstein and to the fortress. The hiking stage will give you plenty of time to explore the tourist attraction.  

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.

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.

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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 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

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 379 €

Circular tour Malerweg Trail (sportive tour)

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If you like longer and more challenging hikes, then this tour along the entire Malerweg Trail may appeal to you. On six stages, between 17 and 22 kilometres long, you can spend your sportive walking holidays where famous painters such as Caspar David Friedrich once found inspiration. Discover the fascinating, wildly romantic nature of Saxon Switzerland on both sides of the Elbe!

Pirna is the starting point of your walking trip into the unspoilt flora of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains with its peculiar rock formations. Enjoy breathtaking views after hiking up to the famous Bastei Bridge, the Schrammsteine and the Königstein Fortress

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

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Day 1: Individual arrival in Pirna
After your arrival in Pirna, also known as the ‘gateway to Saxon Switzerland’, we recommend a walk through the medieval alleys. The city is also located close to Dresden and can be reached conveniently by public transport from there.

Day 2: Pirna-Liebethal – Rathen (approx. 17 km, walking time: approx. 5 hrs)
In the morning, you will take the bus to the starting point of the Malerweg trail. During your first hiking stage you will walk through three wild and romantic ravines with lush and diverse flora. Continuing via the town Wehlen, calmly situated on the Elbe River, you will reach the probably most famous viewpoint of Saxon Switzerland – the Bastei Bridge. Then you will descend into the Amselgrund to Rathen, today’s destination.

Day 3: Rathen – Hohnstein – Altendorf/Kirnitzschtal (approx. 22 km, walking time: approx. 6 – 7 hrs)
The first highlight of today’s hiking tour is the Hockstein rock from where you have a wonderful view to Hohnstein with its castle. Climbing down through the Wolfsschlucht gorge you will reach the lovely Polenztal. After a short ascent you will continue along the Malerweg Trail and reach the second highlight of the tour – the Brand viewpoint, also called the ‘Balcony of Saxon Switzerland’. Take a moment and enjoy the phenomenal panoramic view. After walking down roughly 800 steps into the ‘Tiefen Grund’ gorge and passing Waitzdorf you will soon arrive in Altendorf or continue along the Panorama trail to the Kirnitzschtal valley.

Day 4: Altendorf/Kirnitzschtal – Schrammsteine – Neumannmühle (approx. 17 km, walking time: approx. 6.5 hrs)
One of the highlights today is the Schrammstein massif, an elongated and heavily ragged rock formation offering stunning views. After passing the Schammtor gate, a steep ascent via steel ladders leads you to the Schrammstein view point and you will cross the Schrammstein massif along the Gratweg, a ridge path. Following the Affensteinweg trail you will reach Lichtenhain Waterfall and then continue to the Kuhstall Cave, a natural rock arch. After a descent into the Kirnitzschtal valley, you will soon reach today’s destination the Neumannmühle, a technical monument. The bus will take you through the Kirnitzschtal valley to your accommodation.

Day 5: Neumannmühle – Schmilka – Krippen (approx. 22 km, walking time: approx. 7 – 8 hrs)
You start the day taking the bus back to Neumannmühle to continue the hiking 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 metre the second highest mountain in Saxon Switzerland. On the descent to Schmilka we recommend a short detour to the Kipphorn view point. After crossing the Elbe River by ferry in Schmilka (additional costs) you walk up steps to Schöna. Now enjoy the view of the Schrammstein massif from the other side of the Elbe River while walking to Krippen, today’s destination.

Day 6: Krippen – Gohrisch – Königstein (approx. 21 km, walking time: 7 hrs)
Today’s stage is characterised by the climb of three rock massifs and the walk through vast plains. You will start with the Papststein, followed by the Gohrisch and then the Pfaffenstein. The three tops offer different breathtaking views of the landscape of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Your hiking stage ends in Königstein and if you still have time, we recommend you to visit the impressive fortress, enthroning above the town.

Day 7: Königstein – Pirna (approx. 20 km, walking time: approx. 7.5 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. The descent along the ridge will lead you to Pötzscha, via Naundorf and Obervogelgesang you will return to the starting point of your hiking tour – Pirna.

Day 8: Individual return journey
After six sportive walking stages with unforgettable moments along the Malerweg Trail, you will start your journey back home. You are very welcome to prolong your journey and treat yourself to an additional relaxing day in Pirna or the nearby Dresden – ‘Florence on the Elbe’. We will be happy to book additional overnight stays for you so do not hesitate to ask us. 

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

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Preisinfo (nur fuer Gruppen und Weinreisen)

[services] =>
  • Welcome surprise
  • 7 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
  • 7 x continental breakfast
  • Bus/Train tickets according to the tour programme
  • Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation during your walking tours
  • 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 sportive walking holidays on Malerweg trail: 

  • Additional nights at every overnight location according to the tour description as well as 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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8 days | approx. 120 km | from 569 €

Malerweg Trail (deluxe walking tour)

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Follow the footsteps of the painters Anton Graff, Caspar David Friedrich and Ludwig Richter on this deluxe hiking tour along the Malerweg trail and be enchanted by the scenic beauty of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. A series of highlights await you along the historic hiking route which you will discover in eight stages left and right of the river Elbe.

Your hiking tour takes you through valleys, gorges and forests, as well as up to breath-taking vantage points on rock formations such as the Bastei, the Brandaussicht or the Goldsteinaussicht. Each season of the year offers a unique natural spectacle along the Malerweg trail. In spring the sound of singing birds will accompany you during your hikes and you can marvel at the beautiful spring snowflakes in the Polenztal. In summer refreshing shady forests and bright rapeseed fields will await you and in autumn you can expect a colourful splendour of deciduous trees.

On this deluxe hiking tour selected luxury accommodations along the Malerweg trail offer relaxation and energy for your eventful daily stages. Reside and sleep like a prince elector in exclusive hotels and treat yourself with a regional dish, a typical Bohemian beer or Saxon wine.

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

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Day 1: Individual arrival in Pirna
The picturesque town of Pirna, also known as the "gateway to Saxon Switzerland", offers a historic centre with numerous medieval and lovingly restored town houses. Stroll through the historic lanes and across the market square.

Day 2: Pirna-Liebethal – Rathen health resort (approx. 17 km, walking time: approx. 5.5 h)
In the morning of your first hiking stage you will take the bus from Pirna to Pirna-Liebethal to the starting point of the Malerweg trail. From here you will walk through three wild and romantic ravines (Liebethaler Grund, Zscherregrund and Wehlgrund) characterised by a lush and diverse flora. Continuing via the town Wehlen, calmly situated on the Elbe River, you will reach the probably most famous vantage point of Saxon Switzerland – the Bastei Bridge. Enjoy the breath-taking views over the Elbe Valley and the Table Mountains of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains before you descent into the Amselgrund to Rathen.

Day 3: Rathen – Hohnstein health resort (approx. 8 km, approx. 3.5 h)
After a restful night in your luxurious accommodation in Rathen the short hiking stage will lead you to the village Hohnstein. You will pass the waterfall Amselfall and the Hockstein rock with its wonderful viewpoint. Descending through the Wolfsschlucht gorge you will get to the lovely Polenztal valley and via the Schindergraben you will reach the village Hohnstein with its castle from the 14th century.

Day 4: Hohnstein – Altendorf (approx. 15 km, approx. 6 h), overnight stay in Bad Schandau
On today's hiking route you will walk again through the Schindergraben to continue along the Malerweg trail. You will pass the grotto Gautschgrotte which is roofed by a 40 metres wide and 18 metres high rock. Then you will hike to the Brand viewpoint, also called the "Balcony of Saxon Switzerland". After walking down roughly 800 steps into the Tiefen Grund gorge and passing Waitzdorf you will soon arrive in Altendorf. From here a bus takes you to your next accommodation in Bad Schandau where you spend a night in a hotel with a luxurious spa area.

Day 5: Altendorf – Schrammsteine – Neumannmühle (approx. 17 km, approx. 6.5 h), overnight stay in Bad Schandau
Today's stage starts with the bus ride back to Altendorf from where you continue your hiking tour through the gorge Dorfbachklamm to the Schrammsteine massif. This elongated and heavily ragged rock formation offers stunning views. After passing the Schammtor gate, a steep ascent via steel ladders leads you to the Schrammstein view point and you will cross the Schrammstein massif along the Gratweg, a ridge path. Following the Affensteinweg trail you will reach Lichtenhain Waterfall and then continue to the Kuhstall Cave, a natural rock arch. After a descent into the Kirnitzschtal valley, you will soon reach today’s destination the Neumannmühle, a technical monument. The bus will take you through the Kirnitzschtal valley back to Bad Schandau.

Day 6: Neumannmühle – Schmilka (approx. 14 km, approx. 6 h)
To continue the hiking tour along the Malerweg Trail, you will first take the bus back to Neumannmühle. From there you will 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 your accommodation in Schmilka you can let the hiking day end with a tasty multi-course dinner (included in the price).

Day 7: Schmilka – health resort Gohrisch (approx. 17 km, approx. 6.5 h)
Today you can enjoy views of the Schrammstein massif, where you hiked through two days ago, from the other side of the Elbe River. You will also climb the two mesas Papststein and Gohrisch both offering breath-taking panoramic views. The health resort Gohrisch will await you with another high quality hotel at the end of the hiking stage.

Day 8: Gohrisch – Königstein health resort (approx. 9 km, approx. 4 h)
Your hiking route will take you first to the Pfaffenstein massif where you will reach the top via the narrow Nadelöhr - a steep ascent featuring steel staircases and ladders. An imposing view over to Lilienstein and Königstein fortress will await you. After catching a glimpse of the impressive fortress from the distance, the Malerweg trail now leads you to the town Königstein with its fortress enthroning above the town. The short hiking stage will give you plenty of time to explore the tourist attraction.

Day 9: Königstein – Pirna (ca. 20 km, ca. 7,5 h)
Are you ready for your final hiking stage? Along the path ‘Obere Kirchleite' you have a perfect view over the landscape of Saxon Switzerland. The longest stage along the Malerweg trail leads across the ridge of the Rauenstein massif back to your starting point: Pirna.

Day 10: Individual departure
We hope you had an unforgettable and unique hiking trip and the luxurious accommodations offered a relaxing balance to the exciting hiking stages along the Malerweg trail. If you are interested in booking additional nights in places along the route or in Dresden, do not hesitate to contact us!

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

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Preisinfo (nur fuer Gruppen und Weinreisen)

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  • Welcome drink
  • 9 x overnight stay incl. continental breakfast
  • mainly hotels with wellness area
  • half board in Schmilka
  • Bus ticket on 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th day
  • Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation during your walking tours
  • 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

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

  • Additional nights at every overnight location according to the tour description

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)

10 days | from 829 €

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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Day 1: Individual arrival at Bad Schandau
After your arrival in Bad Schandau, take a stroll around the town’s medieval centre or along the Elbe river. Pay a visit to the protestant Church of St. John with its octagonal western tower standing in its original form since 1679.

Day 2: Bad Schandau – Brand Fortress Hohnstein Rathen (approx. 17 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs)
Your first walking day 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, followed by an ascent through the Wolfsschlucht gorge to the Hockstein. 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)
Today 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. Via staircases and ladders you will climb to 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. At the top of the Pfaffenstein explore the various outlook points with imposing views in different directions. Later you will reach the spa town Gohrisch via the Musel path (Muselweg).

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 (in German Prebischtor). 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. Enjoy the gentle boat ride through the Edmund’s Gorge (extra costs) along the narrow river past steep rock walls and imaginative rock formations to Hřensko. Then take the train (S-Bahn) back to Krippen.

Day 7: Krippen Schrammsteine – Lichtenhain waterfall – Bad Schandau (approx. 13 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. Continuing the path via the Malerweg Trail (Painter’s Path) you will reach the Lichtenhain waterfall. From here you take the bus or the famous Kirnitzschtalbahn (historical tram – ticket not included) back to Bad Schandau.

Day 8: Individual departure
After a delicious breakfast and with lots of wonderful memories about your hiking tour through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, 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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Preisinfo (nur fuer Gruppen und Weinreisen)

[services] =>
  • Welcome surprise
  • 7 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
  • 7 x continental breakfast
  • Train ticket for the sixth 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

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 at every overnight location according to the tour description

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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8 days | approx. 80 km | from 529 €

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!

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