Saxon & Bohemian Switzerland

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.7 Read 29 reviews
  • Follow the Malerweg as it takes you from Germany to the Czech Republic
  • Explore the unique and photogenic sandstone formations of ‘Sachsische Schweiz’
  • Discover the world-famous Bastei formation and the bridge spanning across it
  • • Stay in Bad Schandau, letting its old town take you back in time
  • Reward yourself with a glass of cool German beer as you relax after a fantastic day’s walking
Saxon Switzerland and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains are one of the most captivating parts of eastern Germany. Discover distinct rock formations, walk through ancient woods and picturesque valleys alongside the winding Elbe River as you make your way from Germany to the Czech Republic. Much of the route follows the Painters Trail, known locally as the Malerweg, as in the Romantic Era many painters from Switzerland and England sought inspiration from this region due to its beautiful wilderness. This tour will introduce you to the finest countryside in this fascinating corner of Germany and the Czech Republic. Stay in traditional guesthouses and hotels and feast on hearty food such as Schnitzel and of course, locally brewed Pilsner beer.
Unique sandstone countryside popularised by the Romantic artists is the focus of this moderate graded walking tour. Walk between traditional Saxon towns, following trails along the well-known Elbe river and up to rocky outcrops. This tour is an ideal accompaniment to time spent in the cultural city of Dresden or romantic Prague.

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Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

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Activity Level & Terrain

We have graded this trip as moderate. The trails range from narrow mountain paths to wider hiking paths. The daily distances do not exceed 18km, nevertheless, as you would expect from this region, there are some significant ascents and descents as described in the daily itinerary which are sometimes along steep and narrow paths or steps.


The trail is very well way-marked, and together with our maps, route notes and the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS, you will have no problems finding the way.

Experience & Fitness


The accommodation on this walk is a combination of 3 star hotels and guesthouses. Some hotels do not have an official rating. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and an authentic experience. Please note that hotels in this region of Germany do not tend to have ‘true’ double or twin rooms; 2 x single mattresses, each with their own bedding, are usually found placed together on a double bed frame. The Pension Villa Irene in Goehrisch does not have twin rooms. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your requirements.

  • Accommodation for 7 nights in 3 star hotels, pensions and guesthouses
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport of 1 bag of up to 20kg per person
  • Return rail tickets from Krippen to Schöna (Day 6)
  • Detailed route descriptions and pre-departure information pack
  • Maps of the walks
  • 24-hour assistance by telephone
  • Travel to and from Germany and start/end of the walk
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Ferry crossings (payable locally only)
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, telephone calls, extra transfers (such as by train or boat during the walk), tips, etc
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Additional nights

When To Go

This trip is available from the beginning of April to end of October, to start on any day of the week. Traditionally July/August has always been the most popular time of year because the weather is usually at its best. Although we believe any time between April and October offers a wonderful experience.

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Getting to the Start

By Air Dresden, Prague, or Berlin Airports are gateway hubs into this part of Germany and are served by a variety of low cost and international airlines. 

By Train Trains are available from the cities’ main train stations to Bad Schandau; Berlin (2h50, direct service), Prague (1h46, direct service) and a local service is available from Dresden (30-45 mins, direct service). The train station in Bad Schandau is a short ferry ride across the river from the town.

Getting from the End

Leaving Bad Schandau, use any of the methods described above. From Bad Schandau you can get to any German destination via Dresden by train, should you have time to discover more of Germany. 

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask that you limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. 

General Information


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive in Bad Schandau Day 2 Hohnstein Castle and walk to Rathen 11 miles / 17.5 km Day 3 Bastei viewpoint, walk to Konigstein 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 4 Barbarine rock needle, Pfaffenstein, walk to Gohrisch 5 miles / 7.5 km Day 5 Barbarine rock needle, Pfaffenstein, walk to Gohrisch 5.5 miles / 8.5 km Day 6 Pravcicka Brana rock arch, Edmundova Souteska Gorge boat trip 10 miles / 15.5 km Day 7 Schramstein rocks, Kuhstall cave, Lichtenhainer waterfall 8 miles / 12.5 km Day 8 Onward travel

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