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[[Image:SaechsischeSchweiz01.jpg|thumb|300px|Typical sandstone formation in the Saxon Switzerland]]
The mountain range was created after the sea retreated and left sandstone as the remains. It was once a wild area, known for robbers and hard to conquer strongholds. Many of those still remain and can be visited. The most impressive is certainly the fortress of [[Königstein]] that was used for centuries as jail for high-ranking prisoners.