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Sportive hiking holidays on Malerweg Trail

Journey

Travel time
8 days/ 7 nights
Travel period
01.04.2020 - 15.11.2020
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Total length of tour
120 km
Characteristics of the tour
Level of difficulty: demandingCircular tour (1st and last overnight stay in the same hotel)Sportive tour with long-distance legsAugustusTours Original Tour (organized by AugustusTours)Top-Tour (popular tour)
  • Kuhstall Rock Formation
    Image source: Franz Koshorst

  • Fortress Königstein in Saxon Switzerland
    Image source: Julien Coillard

  • Hiker at the Biedermann-Mausoleum in Thürmsdorf

  • City of Wehlen
    Image source: Julien Coillard

PLEASE NOTE: We are very happy to welcome you again as our guests! Please give us a necessary lead time of 10 working days for new bookings, so that we can prepare your trip in the best possible way.

What to expect

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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Itinerary

Detailed tour description

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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Services

Services included

  • 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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Quotes

Prices for services included

incl. luggage transfer
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Sgl
Tpl
Price validity: 01.04.2020 to 15.11.2020
569.00 € per person
699.00 € per person
Single traveller
819.00 € per person

Prices for additional nights

Dbl per night/person
Sgl per night/person
Tpl
Pirna
55.00 €
73.00 €
Kurort Rathen
65.00 €
93.00 €
Bad Schandau / Kirnitzschtal
52.00 €
67.00 €
Bad Schandau / Krippen
52.00 €
67.00 €
Königstein
48.00 €
66.00 €
Dresden
55.00 €
80.00 €


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1 Tour ratings
02.10.2017
written by Eric Carswell
I loved our hike. Your choice of accommodations for us was very much appreciated. Given that 30 years ago this was East Germany, I was impressed that every place we stayed at had on suite bathrooms that had been renovated recently. As you forewarned some of the places did not have people who spoke English. We did just fine. For what its worth it was disappointing that Hotel Forsthaus had the weakest Wi-Fi. None at all in the rooms we had and I went to the place in the hotel one of the staff recommended as best and still had challenges.
Thanks for a great experience overall at a very good price.
 
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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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