Walks Europe Germany Kingdom of Old Saxony

Kingdom of Old Saxony / Self-Guided

8 Days | From £769 | Self-guided, for 2 or more persons travelling together

This walking holiday allows you to discover the delights of a hidden corner of Europe-Saxon Switzerland.


8 Days | From £769 | Self-guided, for 2 or more persons travelling together

  • Discover fortresses and castles
  • Trekking in the 'Empire of the Stones'
  • The famous pillars of the Bastei
  • Walks in the Saxon Switzerland National Park

A beautiful and refreshingly different part of Europe worthy of exploration on foot. Bordering the Czech Republic, Saxony's towering fortresses and incredible rock formations dominate the landscape, whilst picturesque small towns line the River Elbe, creating a very attractive and varied walking experience.

There is time to explore the city of Dresden before continuing to Bad Schandau, in the heart of Saxon Switzerland. After exploring this lovely town, enjoy some walking along the River Elbe and stride out to the Hohnstein fortress and the Bastei, with sandstone rocks, pillars and the bridge spanning the ravine.

Cross the river by ferry and walk through the Baerenstein Mountains to the Koenigstein fortress, continuing to Gohrisch, known as the 'Empire of the Stones'.

Germany Kingdom of Old Saxony Map
Day 1. Travel to Dresden
Depart UK. Arrive Dresden.
Day 2. Train to Bad Schandau
Before leaving Dresden by train, there's time to explore this fascinating city. Later in the day you'll travel by train to the spa resort town of Bad Schandau.
Day 3. Walk to Rathen via Hohnstein fortress
Heading out on foot from Bad Schandau along the banks of the Elbe you then leave the Elbe Valley to arrive at an elevated plain amongst very picturesque scenery. You then continue to the Hohnstein Fortress, followed by an ascent of Hockstein.
Day 4. Ascend the Bastei, ferry across the Elbe and on to Koenigstein
first head up to the famous Bastei, a fascinating rock formation above the Elbe. Dropping back down to the river at Wehlen, you then cross the Elbe by ferry to then walk through the hills of 'Grosser und kleiner Barenstein' and up to the famous hill top fortress of Konigstein.
Day 5. Walk to the Barbarine rock needle and on to Gohrisch
Enjoy impressive views over to the Lillienstein peak. Dropping back down an easy walk beneath the impressive sandstone hills leads to the small resort of Gohrisch, quietly situated amidst dense forest.
Day 6. Over Table Mountains to Krippen
Today you will walk in an area known as 'The Empire of the Stones', due to the number of large rocky outcrops, with numerous vantage points and caves to explore.
Day 7. Along the "Affensteig" and "Malerweg" to Bad Schandau
As you first take the ferry from Krippen to Bad Schandau you'll then follow at trail to the Schrammsteine rock formations. Then it's onto the 'Painter's Path' (Malerweg) and the Affenstig. The final part of your journey is completed by a the traditional tram, the Kirnitzschtalbahn which takes you back to Bad Schandau.
Day 8. Depart Bad Schandau
Train to Dresden and depart, arrive UK.

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  • Trip Grade: B - Moderate
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Trip Code: TSAX
  • Max altitude: Low (under 1,000m)
  • Accommodation: Hotel x 7 nts
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Departs: 01 April - 31 October
  • Overseas Joining Point: Dresden
  • Important: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements

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