Despite the name it’s in Saxony, Germany, just 30 km south east of Saxony’s capital Dresden and at the border with Czech Republic. International trains on the route Prague - Berlin - (Hamburg) stop right at Bad Schandau (Nationalparkbahnhof). At weekends Flixbus runs direct busses from/to Berlin.
Saxon Switzerland National Park offers endless ways to spend your holiday. The 93 square km region between Pirna and the Czech border is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. More than 700 summits are available to rock climbers, while for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, there are 400 km² of marked hiking-trails, steep treks, paths and some cycle routes through the National Park and along the river Elbe (Elberadweg).
Admission to the National Park and the famous Bastei Bridge is free. There is no official entry point, you can access the area on all paths (outside the core zone). In the core zone, you must stay on the sign-posted hiking and climbing paths.
Enjoy nature! Let yourself be enchanted by the ancient and mythically beautiful natural landscape. With more than 700 km2 of space, it is one of Europe's last large wildernesses, ideal for hiking, climbing & cycling or just a relaxed day out. The most beautiful parts of the region are protected as a cross-border national park.
The Bastei - a rock formation – should not be missed. From a lofty height, you look down on the gracefully sweeping Elbe River, the miniature world on its banks and the picturesque landscape of cliffs all around. Enjoy the panorama, the air and the uplifting feeling of being on top of the world. You can go there by car or public transport, but if you like hiking we would highly recommend to hike up from Wehlen or Kurort Rathen.
This place is a legend. Königstein Fortress with its >750 years of history is one of the largest mountain fortresses in Europe. For a long time, it was seen as one of the safest places in Saxony. Dukes and electoral princes came here with their treasures and entourage whenever there was a threat of danger.
If travelling by plane Saxony is serviced by four international airports: Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig and Prague. Saxon Switzerland is well connected to local, national and international road and rail networks. International trains on the route (Budapest) - Prague - Dresden - Leipzig - Berlin - (Hamburg) stop at Bad Schandau (Nationalparkbahnhof).
You will find a wide range of different accommodation options such as hotels, holiday flats and houses, pensions, bed & breakfasts and camping grounds.
Pictures (c): Rico Richter, CzechVibes, Francesco Carovillano / DZT, Procopter, Stefan Schäfer, Sylvio Dittrich, OpenStreetMap