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Circular walking tour in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Journey

Travel time
8 days/ 7 nights
Travel period
01.04.2020 - 15.11.2020
01.04.2021 - 31.10.2021
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Total length of tour
80 km
Characteristics of the tour
Level of difficulty: averageCircular tour (1st and last overnight stay in the same hotel)AugustusTours Original Tour (organized by AugustusTours)Top-Tour (popular tour)
  • City of Wehlen
    Image source: Julien Coillard

  • View over Pfaffendorf, Lilienstein in far distance

  • Bastei bridge and hikers

  • Pfaffendorf

  • Königstein fortress in Saxon Switzerland
    Image source: Julien Coillard

  • Panoramic view over Saxon Switzerland

  • Schrammsteine Saxon Switzerland

  • Hiking path an the Lilienstein

  • Pravčická brána (German: Prebischtor)

PLEASE NOTE: We are very happy to welcome you again as our guests! Please give us a necessary lead time of 7 days for new bookings, so that we can prepare your trip in the best possible way.

What to expect

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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Itinerary

Detailed tour description

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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Services

Services included

  • 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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Quotes

Prices for services included

incl. luggage transfer
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Tpl


Price validity: 01.04.2020 to 15.11.2020
529.00 € per person
679.00 € per person
Single traveller
729.00 € per person
Price validity: 01.04.2021 to 31.10.2021
559.00 € per person
729.00 € per person
Single traveller
779.00 € per person

Prices for additional nights

Dbl per night/person
Sgl per night/person
Tpl
Bad Schandau
65.00 €
90.00 €
Kurort Rathen
77.00 €
99.00 €
Königstein
48.00 €
66.00 €
Kurort Gohrisch
54.00 €
73.00 €
Bad Schandau / Krippen
54.00 €
73.00 €
Dresden
65.00 €
90.00 €


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3 Tour ratings
26.07.2013
written by Anna
Saxon Switzerland is a very nice walking area where I enjoyed an amazing walking tour with some friends of mine. If you want to enjoy picturesque landscape and diverse nature I would definitely advise to book a walking holiday in the Saxon Switzerland National Park.
 
24.08.2015
written by Kim and Keith
We thoroughly enjoyed our Augustus walking tour of Saxon Switzerland. It was extremely well organised, directions and maps were clear, communication before the walk was efficient and helpful, hotels were of a high standard. Parts of the walk were challenging but we were always rewarded with stunning scenery and a great variety of different landscapes each day. We highly recommend the tour.
 
27.05.2018
written by Carole
Amazing landscape. Very well organised trip. Loved it. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Carole, thank you so much for getting back to us with this really nice feedback. It is great for us to know that guests enjoyed their tour and everything was well organized. It motivates us in our work and further development of our tours. It would be a pleasure for us to welcome you as our guests again, perhaps the Harz Mountains could be a next walking destination. Regards Ricarda Mager
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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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