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Walking in the Saxon Switzerland National Park

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Walking in the Saxon Switzerland National Park

  • Follow the Malerweg ‘Painters’ Trail through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains
  • Explore the unique and photogenic rock formations of the table mountains
  • Discover the world-famous Bastei formation and the bridge spanning across it
  • Stay in the wellness resort of Bad Schandau, let its old town take you back in time
  • Reward yourself with a glass of cool German beer as you relax after the day’s walking
The Saxon Switzerland National Park and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains are just a few miles from Dresden in the southeast of Germany and are one of the most captivating areas in the country. Discover distinct rock formations and walk through ancient woods and picturesque valleys alongside the winding Elbe River. Much of the route follows the Painters Trail, known locally as the Malerweg. In the Romantic Era, many painters such as Casper David Friedrich and Ludwig Richter came from Switzerland and England seeking inspiration from this region's beautiful wilderness. This tour will introduce you to the finest countryside in this fascinating corner of Germany. Stay in traditional guesthouses and hotels and feast on hearty food such as Schnitzel and of course, locally brewed Pilsner beer.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bad Schandau Day 2 Hohnstein Castle and walk to Rathen 11 miles / 18 km Day 3 Loop walk to Bastei Bridge and Rauenstein 7 miles / 11 km Day 4 Walk to Gohrisch via Konigstein Fortress and Pfaffenstein 11 miles / 17 km Day 5 Loop walk to Lilienstein from Gohrisch 7 miles / 10 km Day 6 Walk from Gohrisch via Papststein to Krippen 6 miles / 9 km Day 7 Schramstein Rocks, Kuhstall Cave, Lichtenhainer Waterfall 10 miles / 16 km Day 8 Onward travel
THIS TRIP'S CARBON SCORE

This trip has a carbon score of 7kg per person per night, meaning it’s one of our best trips! For comparison, a carbon count of 7kg is equivalent to 1 single running shoe (not even a pair!). Here at Macs, we pride ourselves on being a responsible travel company and continue to adopt, develop and innovate ways to positively impact the environment. Find out more information about how we've carbon counted our trips.

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