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Short hiking tour along the Malerweg trail Part 1

Journey

Travel time
6 days/ 5 nights
Travel period
01.04.2023 - 31.10.2023
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Day(s) of arrival
Daily
Bookable from
1 person(s)
Early bird discount
5% discount on bookings until Feb. 28th
Total length of tour
60 km
Characteristics of the tour
Level of difficulty: averagePlace-to-place tourAugustusTours Original Tour (organized by AugustusTours)
  • The Bastei Rock Bridge
    Image source: Sylvio Dittrich

  • Scenery of the Elbe Sandtone Mountains, view from the Bastei Rock

  • Break during the hike

  • View onto the Schrammsteine Mountains

  • Hikers in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains
    Image source: Robert Michalk Photography

What to expect

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 diverse 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. 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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Itinerary

Detailed tour description

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

Day 1: Individual arrival at Dresden/Pirna
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: Dresden/Pirna-Liebethal – Wehlen/Rathen (approx. 12/17 km, walking time: approx. 4/5.5 hrs, + 310/390 m, - 330/425 m)
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/Rathen – Hohnstein (approx. 13/8 km, walking time: approx. 5/3.5 hrs, + 480/255 m, - 400/175 m) 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 – Altendorf/Kirnitzschtal (approx. 15 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs, + 600 m, - 520 m)
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, + 700 m, - 755 m)

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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Services

Services included

  • 5 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star standard
  • 5 x continental breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from accommodation to accommodation during your walking tours
  • GPS data on request
  • 1 package with maps and information material per room (in English language)
  • telephone-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 in Dresden or Bad Schandau
  • FlexPLUS: rebook or cancel up to 28 days before arrival without giving reasons (more about our FlexPLUS)

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

Further advice on the hiking tours along the Malerweg trail

Please note that in certain cities 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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Quotes

Prices for services included

incl. luggage transfer
Dbl
Sgl
Tpl


Price validity: 01.04.2023 to 11.05.2023
489.00 € per person
649.00 € per person
Price validity: 12.05.2023 to 02.09.2023
515.00 € per person
675.00 € per person
Price validity: 03.09.2023 to 31.10.2023
489.00 € per person
649.00 € per person

Don’t miss out on our early bird discount! Save 5% of the basic tour price by booking until 28th February!

Prices for additional nights

Dbl per night/person
Sgl per night/person
Tpl
Dresden
70.00 €
95.00 €
Bad Schandau
70.00 €
95.00 €

Additional Services

 
Price
FlexPLUS (rebook or cancel up to 28 days before arrival)
39.00 (DZ), €39.00 € (EZ) per person


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Short hiking tour along the Malerweg trail Part 1
6 days/ 5 nights
01.04.2023 - 31.10.2023
Daily
02.04.2023 - 09.04.2023

Dbl = double room

Sgl = single room
Price

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Tour impressions from fellow travellers

3 Tour ratings
16.06.2017
written by Torben Munk Damgaard
Great area. Well organized tour. Friendly people. What do you want more?
20.08.2019
written by Monika
Highly recommendations!
 
20.07.2021
written by Sophie Lagarde
The landscape are amazing, the signs are easy to follow, and the hotel staffs are very friendly. I advise you to go to see the Schrammsteine view.
 
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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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