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Walking along the Malerweg Trail in 8 days


Travel time
8 days/ 7 nights
Travel period
01.04.2022 - 31.10.2022
Day(s) of arrival
Bookable from
1 person(s)
Total length of tour
85 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)
  • Holidays in Pirna and Saxon Switzerland

  • View of the Schrammsteine

  • Mushroom on a tree in Saxon Switzerland

  • View of Königstein Fortress

  • Kirnitzschtalbahn in Saxon Switzerland

  • Walking trails in Saxon Switzerland

  • Liebethaler Grund old hydroelectric power station
    Image source: Franz Koshorst

What to expect

The Elbe Sandstone Malerweg Trail, which translates to "Painter's Path" and marked with a significant "M",  follows the tracks of romantic artists. It allows you to discover diverse hiking tracks along bizarre rock formations of Saxon Switzerland.

This 85 km long circular hiking holiday leads you either from Saxony's capital Dresden or Pirna through the wildly rugged world of Saxon Switzerland. Set out to enjoy magnificient views and a wonderful nature experience. Lots of highlights await you along the walking route: the Bastei Bridge, the Brandstein view point, the Schrammsteine massif, the Fortress Königstein, charming villages, and finally back to the medieval town of Pirna or the baroque Florence on the Elbe, Dresden.

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

Travel description as PDF

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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
The "Florence on the Elbe", Dresden, shines with the world-famous sights of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the Zwinger, the Semper Opera House and the Brühl Terrace and forms a picturesque silhouette. Let yourself be enchanted by the historical flair during a stroll through the baroque Old Town. Being a "Gateway to the Saxon Switzerland", Pirna is 20 km distant from Dresden and is characterzied by its medieval alleys as well as charming cafés and restaurants.

Day 2:  Wehlen - Hohnstein (approx. 13 km, walking time: approx. 5 hrs, + 480 m, - 400 m)
In the morning, you will take the S-bahn train to Wehlen, the starting point of your first hiking tour along the Malerweg (Duration: approx. 40/7 minutes). Look foward to the probably most famous viewpoint: 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. Thereafter, you descend into the Amselgrund and head for the second highlight of today's route- the Hockstein from where there are exciting views of the lower Polenztal valley. Through the Wolfschlucht gorge, past the Polenztal valley you reach Hohnstein, your destination for today's stage.

Day 3: Hohnstein – Altendorf/Kirnitzschtal (approx. 15 km, walking time: approx. 6 hrs, + 600 m, - 520 m)
Today you will hike to the Brand viewpoint which is also called the ‘Balcony of Saxon Switzerland’. 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 4: Altendorf/Kirnitzschtal – Schrammsteine – Neumannmühle (approx. 17 km, walking time: 6.5 hrs, + 700 m, - 755 m)
Hike uphill to the Schrammstein viewpoint and along the ridge path through the Schrammstein massif. Passing the Großer and Kleiner Dom, you reach the Affensteinweg, which leads you to the Lichtenhainer Wasserfall. Via the Kuhstall with its sky ladder, you reach the stage destination - the technical monument Neumannmühle. By bus you return to the Kirnitzschtal valley or to Bad Schandau.

Day 5: Neumannmühle – Großer Winterberg – region Schmilka/ Krippen (approx. 14 km, walking time: approx. 6.5 hrs, + 620 m, - 720 m)
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 viewpoint before climbing up the mountain Großer Winterberg, with 556 metres the second highest mountain in Saxon Switzerland.  In Schmilka you take the Elbe ferry and travel by S-Bahn train to your accommodation in Bad Schandau/Krippen.

Day 6: Region Schmilka/ Krippen – Gohrisch (approx. 17 km, walking time: 6.5 hrs, + 620 m, - 720 m)
Take the S-Bahn to the end of yesterday's hike to Schmilka. Climbing the table mountains Papststein and Gohrisch are on your tour plan today. You will spend the night in Gohrisch.

Trip to Lilienstein (approx. 12 km)

Experience a breathtaking hike from Gohrisch to Lilienstein, another landmark in Saxon Switzerland. You can book the trip including additional night in Gohrisch online. All information can be found in the "Quotes" tab or during the online booking.

Day 7: Gohrisch - Königstein (approx. 9 km, walking time: approx. 4 hrs, + 270 m, - 470 m)
Today's short hike along the Malerweg leads you over the Pfaffenstein, past the Diebeskeller cave to Königstein Fortress. This leaves enough time for a visit to the "Impregnable". You travel by S-Bahn train to your accommodation in Pirna/Dresden.

Day 8: Individual departure
We would be delighted to book additional overnight stays for you in Dresden/Pirna or in other towns along the trail.

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


Contact person

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Services included

  • Welcome surprise
  • 7 x overnight stay in hotels and guesthouses with 3-star-standard
  • 7 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)
  • 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
  • Trip to Lilienstein from/to Gohrisch (additional night)
  • 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 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.

Contact person

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0351 - 563 48 20
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Prices for services included

incl. luggage transfer
Price validity: 01.04.2022 to 31.10.2022
619.00 € per person
809.00 € per person

Prices for additional nights

Dbl per night/person
Sgl per night/person
60.00 €
80.00 €
65.00 €
90.00 €

Additional Services

Trip to Lilienstein and additional night in Gohrisch
69.00 (DZ), €89.00 € (EZ) per person
FlexPLUS (rebook or cancel up to 28 days before arrival)
39.00 (DZ), €39.00 € (EZ) per person


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Walking along the Malerweg Trail in 8 days
8 days/ 7 nights
01.04.2022 - 31.10.2022

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