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The '''Sächsische Schweiz''' (Saxon Switzerland) is an area in [[Saxony]], Germany.
 
  
About 40 km upward the Elbe river from [[Dresden]] this is a mountain area made of sandstone. Bizarre stone formations and spectacular views are only some characteristics of this region that is ideal for hiking, but also for a relaxed day out. For those who like nature, it is surely the most beautiful landscape in Saxony. It can get crowded along the river at summer weekends, if you don't like this, try the colder days. In late autumn or even winter you will nearly be alone outside the villages. There are also many rock castles within the region, most worth a visit.
 
  
  
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'''Saxon Switzerland''' (German: ''Sächsische Schweiz'') is an area in [[Saxony]], Germany, so named after its picturesque upland scenery.
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About 30 km (18 mi) upward the Elbe River from [[Dresden]] this is a mountain area made of sandstone. Bizarre stone formations and spectacular views are only a few of the wonderful characteristics of this region that is ideal for hiking, but also for a relaxed day out. For those who like nature, it is surely the most beautiful landscape to be found in Saxony. It can get crowded along the river at summer weekends, if you don't like this, try the cooler days. In late autumn or even winter you will nearly be alone outside the villages. There are also many rock castles and caves within the region, most worth a visit. Further up stream along the Elbe/Labe one enters the Czech Republic. However, the rock formations and the natural spender continue and this region is known historically as the Bohemian Switzerland or ''Böhmische Schweiz'' in German and ''České Švýcarsko'' in Czech.
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[[Image:SaechsischeSchweiz03.jpg|thumb|300px|The Saxon Switzerland is really ideal for hiking.]]
 
==Cities==
 
==Cities==
* [[Pirna]]
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* [[Pirna]] - a bigger historically industrial town, called the gate to Saxon Switzerland
* [[Bad Gottleuba]]
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* [[Bad Gottleuba - Berggießhübel]] a well known cure spa close to Saxon Switzerland
* [[Bad Schandau]]
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* [[Bad Schandau]] - on the river within Saxon Switzerland
* [[Heidenau]]
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* [[Heidenau]] - former chemical industrial town between [[Dresden]] and [[Pirna]]
* [[Sebnitz]]
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* [[Königstein]]
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* [[Sebnitz]] - bigger Saxon province town in Saxon Switzerland
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
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*[[Königstein|Königstein Fortress]]
 
*[[Königstein|Königstein Fortress]]
 
*The castle of [[Weesenstein]]
 
*The castle of [[Weesenstein]]
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*Pfaffenstein
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*Kuhstall
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*Lillienstein
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
[[Image:SaechsischeSchweiz01.jpg|thumb|300px|Typical sandstone formation in the Saxon Switzerland. By [[user:Fluglotse2000|Felix Gottwald]].]]
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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.
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The rock that forms 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.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
Like in most other parts of Germany, English is generally well understood and French might be, too.
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Like in most other parts of Germany, English is generally well understood by people, in this area specially by people under 50, French often only by people under 20, mainly girls who choose it as second foreign language, young men choose to learn only English. Some know Russian and some, since more recently, also Czech.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
The Saxony Switzerland is best accessible from [[Dresden]].
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The Saxony Switzerland is best accessible from [[Dresden]] by suburban train (S-Bahn).
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
Good and comfortable. Even faster than car due to a direct line along the river [[Elbe]]. Look for train line S1, direction "[[Bad Schandau]]".
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Good and comfortable. Even faster than car due to a direct line along the river [[Elbe]]. Look for train line S1, direction "[[Bad Schandau]]". The closest station is located in the town of [[Rathen]], it is then a ferry ride across the [[Elbe]] River to start of the walking track up to the main lookout location.
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
Maybe a little tricky to find the roads out of the city [[Dresden]] if you're not used to. Follow the the signs to Czech Republic (Decin) or Bad Schandau. Be aware of traffic jams at hot summer weekends. A good mark bench mark is the Elbe River. Simply follow it to the east.
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It may be a little tricky to find the roads out of the city [[Dresden]] if you're not used to the roads. Follow the signs to Czech Republic (Decin) or Bad Schandau. Be aware of traffic jams on hot summer weekends.
  
 
===By boat===
 
===By boat===
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===By bicycle===
 
===By bicycle===
There is a good bicycle way along the river [[Elbe]], take right river (northern) side if you go up.
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There is a good bicycle way along the [[Elbe]] River, take right river (northern) side if you go up.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==See==
 
==See==
To get a good overview over all destinations, visit the site of the regional managment [http://www.saechsische-schweiz.de/] (available in German, English and Czech).
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To get a good overview over all destinations, visit the site of the regional management [http://www.saechsische-schweiz.de/] (available in German, English and Czech).
  
 
===Itineraries===
 
===Itineraries===
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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*Hike
 
*Hike
 
*Enjoy the beauty of nature
 
*Enjoy the beauty of nature
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Saxon Switzerland is well known for climbing because it is the cradle of free climbing.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
[[Image:SaechsischeSchweiz02.jpg|thumb|200px|One of the many inns along the hiking trails. By [[user:Fluglotse2000|Felix Gottwald]].]]
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[[Image:SaechsischeSchweiz02.jpg|thumb|200px|One of the many inns along the hiking trails]]
 
There are a number of inns along the hiking trails and small restaurants in every town.
 
There are a number of inns along the hiking trails and small restaurants in every town.
  
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{{outline}}
 
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{{regionguide}}
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{{isPartOf|Saxony}}
  
 
[[de:Sächsische Schweiz]]
 
[[de:Sächsische Schweiz]]
 
[[WikiPedia:Sächsische Schweiz]]
 
[[WikiPedia:Sächsische Schweiz]]

Revision as of 10:16, 19 May 2018


Saxon Switzerland (German: Sächsische Schweiz) is an area in Saxony, Germany, so named after its picturesque upland scenery.

About 30 km (18 mi) upward the Elbe River from Dresden this is a mountain area made of sandstone. Bizarre stone formations and spectacular views are only a few of the wonderful characteristics of this region that is ideal for hiking, but also for a relaxed day out. For those who like nature, it is surely the most beautiful landscape to be found in Saxony. It can get crowded along the river at summer weekends, if you don't like this, try the cooler days. In late autumn or even winter you will nearly be alone outside the villages. There are also many rock castles and caves within the region, most worth a visit. Further up stream along the Elbe/Labe one enters the Czech Republic. However, the rock formations and the natural spender continue and this region is known historically as the Bohemian Switzerland or Böhmische Schweiz in German and České Švýcarsko in Czech.

The Saxon Switzerland is really ideal for hiking.

Cities

Other destinations

Understand

Typical sandstone formation in the Saxon Switzerland

The rock that forms 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.

Talk

Like in most other parts of Germany, English is generally well understood by people, in this area specially by people under 50, French often only by people under 20, mainly girls who choose it as second foreign language, young men choose to learn only English. Some know Russian and some, since more recently, also Czech.

Get in

The Saxony Switzerland is best accessible from Dresden by suburban train (S-Bahn).

By train

Good and comfortable. Even faster than car due to a direct line along the river Elbe. Look for train line S1, direction "Bad Schandau". The closest station is located in the town of Rathen, it is then a ferry ride across the Elbe River to start of the walking track up to the main lookout location.

By car

It may be a little tricky to find the roads out of the city Dresden if you're not used to the roads. Follow the signs to Czech Republic (Decin) or Bad Schandau. Be aware of traffic jams on hot summer weekends.

By boat

If you have some time, try this. Old beautiful steam ships (there are modern diesel too, so take care when you buy tickets) bring you up the river through the beautiful Elbtal. Relaxing trip. You will have a good look to the engines! Before 1990 they where fired with coal, now oil is used, but it's still steam engine.

By bicycle

There is a good bicycle way along the Elbe River, take right river (northern) side if you go up.

Get around

Best option is a car, although there is public transport (question is not if you get there, but when).

See

To get a good overview over all destinations, visit the site of the regional management [1] (available in German, English and Czech).

Itineraries

Do

  • Hike
  • Enjoy the beauty of nature

Saxon Switzerland is well known for climbing because it is the cradle of free climbing.

Eat

One of the many inns along the hiking trails

There are a number of inns along the hiking trails and small restaurants in every town.

Drink

Stay safe

It is a very safe region and there should not be any problems (you still have to lock your car).

Get out

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