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Deluxe walking tour along Malerweg Trail

Journey

Travel time
10 days/ 9 nights
Travel period
01.04.2021 - 31.10.2021
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Characteristics of the tour
Level of difficulty: averageCircular tour (1st and last overnight stay in the same hotel)AugustusTours Original Tour (organized by AugustusTours)
  • Rest in Saxon Switzerland
    Image source: Robert Michalk Photography

  • View from the Bastei
    Image source: Franz Koshorst

  • View of Königstein fortress
    Image source: Julien Coillard

  • Ascent to the Gohrisch at the Malerweg

  • View from Fortress Königstein
    Image source: Julien Coillard

  • Resting place at the Biedermann Mausoleum

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

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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Itinerary

Detailed tour description

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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Services

Services included

  • 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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Price validity: 01.04.2021 to 31.10.2021
859.00 € per person
1,179.00 € per person
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1,309.00 € per person


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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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