National park Saxon Switzerland Elbsandsteingebirge (Elbe river sand stone mountains)
The national park Saxon Switzerland is one of the nicest landscapes in Saxony and belongs to the Elbsandsteingebirge (Elbe sand stone mountains). The Elbsandsteingebirge (Elbe sand stone mountains) is a hill land built of yellow-green chalk sand stone on both sides of the Elbe river between the Erzgebirge and Lausitz hill land. It enfolds German as well as Czech area. The German area, because of its jagged rock landscape also called Saxon Switzerland, the Czech area Bohemia Switzerland. The Saxon Switzerland is under landscape protection since 1956. The steep rocks of Elbe river sand stone allow breathtaking views to deep incised canyons with its clear creek, wild forest areas and its very own animal and plant world. The highest elevation of the nature park Saxon Switzerland is the Hohe Schneeberg (high snow hill) (721 meters above sea level).
Because of the special landscape realities, the nature park Saxon Switzerland is a touristic attraction in many kinds of aspects:
Spa town Rathen in the Elbsandsteingbirge (Elbe river sand stone mountains) with rock stage and the nature monument bastion
About 23 km southeast of the 013-pill castle hotel is the spa town Rathen. The surrounding is stamped from an erosion landscape with upright rocks, reefs and deep canyons. Above Rathen there's a jutting nature monument, the so-called bastion. About 193 meters above the Elbe river on the right shore side, a narrow pulpit allows a unique landscape view. From here you can watch the mountaineer and climbers, while they try to climb the rocks of the bastion area. In range of sight on a different rock, you can see the rock castle Neurathen. Both rocks are connected through the bastion bridge, a rock bridge with a height of 165 meters above the Elbe river. The bastion bridge is the landmark of the Saxon Switzerland.
The famous rock stage, which is deemed as the prettiest nature theater
in Europe, lies in a side valley near Rathen. In 1938 the first Karl-May plays
came to life. Even today, numerous performances still keep the memory of
Karl May alive. But also other works, among others from Shakespeare and Carl Maria von
Weber, have performances.
National park Saxon Switzerland Elbe riverGolf in Dresden club clubs golf course courses
|Climbing in the climbing area Saxon Switzerland climbing school
The climbing has its residence in the national park Saxon Switzerland since the end of the 19th century. The year 1864 is the birth hour of the climbing sport as 5 climbing sports friends from Bad Schandau climbed the Falkenstein. Back then, trunks and wooden latters served as climbing equipment. Not to use artifical climbing equipment is until today the most important basic principle for the climbing sport in the region. This was already written in 1910 in the Saxon climbing rules. Thereby the Saxon Switzerland is also the birth town for free climbing.
Today there are about 15,000 climbing paths in the national park Saxon Switzerland. The most important climbing areas are:
In the national park Saxon Switzerland there are several climbing schools and clubs, which offer climbing lessons for amateurs and advancers, basic lessons for rock climbers and climbing on the climbing wall, guided climbing tours, rock hiking and other climbing programs.
Urban railway line in the Saxon Switzerland
If you want to visit the Saxon Switzerland from the 013-pill castle hotel you can drive with your own car or take the urban railway form Meissen to Decin (Czech Republic) and back. The urban railway drives several times in the morning and in the afternoon.