Saxon Switzerland

Saxon Switzerland is the somewhat preposterous name given to the Elbe valley south of Dresden. The river has dug a deep valley and the surrounding plateau is some hundred metres higher in elevation. In some places, the walls are steep. There are also outcrops of sandstone of various sizes that has withstood erosion over time, all making for a fascinating landscape, although not really Switzerland.

I was very lucky here. I arrived on the afternoon of the day the heatwave succumbed and the next day was perfect for a hike. Still over 20°C and after a cloudy morning the sun broke through. Walking here means a lot of up and down, and doing this hike when it still was over 30 degrees... I don't want to think of it. And the days that followed all carried rain showers, so this was the one day to hike here. And hiking in Saxon Switzerland is easy, as the railway runs across the river, and the commuter train that runs every 30 minutes stops at all stations. There are plenty of eating and watering holes, so there is not really any need to bring food.

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Bad Schandau

1. Waiting for the Ferry Boat


2. Across the River


3. From the Top of the Lift


4. Bad Schandau


5. House in Ostrau


6. A view of the Fields


7. Through the Trees

Königstein

8. The Fort


9. Königstein Town


10. On the Way Up


11. View over Town


12. Canons at the Fort


13. Castle Walls


14. View over Elbe


15. Königstein across the River

Lilienstein

16. Going to Lilienstein


17. At the Foot of the Wall


18. A View Back


19. Königstein Again


20. Lilienstein view III


21. Looking Down


22. Curve


23. The Way Up


24. Yet a Lilienstein View


25. Opening


26. Upstream View

Kurort Rathen

27. By the Riverside


28. White Flower


29. Kurort Rathen


30. Rock and Flowers


31. Animal Woodcarving

Bastei

32. View over Elbe


33. Fingers


34. Lonely Pine


35. Rock with Figure


36. Sad Figure


37. One More Elbe View


38. Basteibrücke


39. Rock and River


40. Into the Mystery Forest


41. The Mystery Forest II


42. Under a Rock


43. The Mystery Forest IV


44. Six-eyed Caterpillar

Stadt Wehlen

45. Town Square

Bad Schandau

1. Waiting for the Ferry Boat
 

2. Across the River
 

3. From the Top of the Lift
 

4. Bad Schandau
 

5. House in Ostrau
 

6. A view of the Fields
 

7. Through the Trees
Königstein

8. The Fort
 

9. Königstein Town
 

10. On the Way Up
 

11. View over Town
 

12. Canons at the Fort
 

13. Castle Walls
 

14. View over Elbe
 

15. Königstein across the River
Lilienstein

16. Going to Lilienstein
 

17. At the Foot of the Wall
 

18. A View Back
 

19. Königstein Again
 

20. Lilienstein view III
 

21. Looking Down
 

22. Curve
 

23. The Way Up
 

24. Yet a Lilienstein View
 

25. Opening
 

26. Upstream View
Kurort Rathen

27. By the Riverside
 

28. White Flower
 

29. Kurort Rathen
 

30. Rock and Flowers
 

31. Animal Woodcarving
Bastei

32. View over Elbe
 

33. Fingers
 

34. Lonely Pine
 

35. Rock with Figure
 

36. Sad Figure
 

37. One More Elbe View
 

38. Basteibrücke
 

39. Rock and River
 

40. Into the Mystery Forest
 

41. The Mystery Forest II
 

42. Under a Rock
 

43. The Mystery Forest IV
 

44. Six-eyed Caterpillar
Stadt Wehlen

45. Town Square
Bad Schandau

1. Waiting for the Ferry Boat
 

2. Across the River
 

3. From the Top of the Lift
 

4. Bad Schandau
 

5. House in Ostrau
 

6. A view of the Fields
 

7. Through the Trees
Königstein

8. The Fort
 

9. Königstein Town
 

10. On the Way Up
 

11. View over Town
 

12. Canons at the Fort
 

13. Castle Walls
 

14. View over Elbe
 

15. Königstein across the River
Lilienstein

16. Going to Lilienstein
 

17. At the Foot of the Wall
 

18. A View Back
 

19. Königstein Again
 

20. Lilienstein view III
 

21. Looking Down
 

22. Curve
 

23. The Way Up
 

24. Yet a Lilienstein View
 

25. Opening
 

26. Upstream View
Kurort Rathen

27. By the Riverside
 

28. White Flower
 

29. Kurort Rathen
 

30. Rock and Flowers
 

31. Animal Woodcarving
Bastei

32. View over Elbe
 

33. Fingers
 

34. Lonely Pine
 

35. Rock with Figure
 

36. Sad Figure
 

37. One More Elbe View
 

38. Basteibrücke
 

39. Rock and River
 

40. Into the Mystery Forest
 

41. The Mystery Forest II
 

42. Under a Rock
 

43. The Mystery Forest IV
 

44. Six-eyed Caterpillar
Stadt Wehlen

45. Town Square
Bad Schandau

1. Waiting for the Ferry Boat
 

2. Across the River
 

3. From the Top of the Lift
 

4. Bad Schandau
 

5. House in Ostrau
 

6. A view of the Fields
 

7. Through the Trees
Königstein

8. The Fort
 

9. Königstein Town
 

10. On the Way Up
 

11. View over Town
 

12. Canons at the Fort
 

13. Castle Walls
 

14. View over Elbe
 

15. Königstein across the River
Lilienstein

16. Going to Lilienstein
 

17. At the Foot of the Wall
 

18. A View Back
 

19. Königstein Again
 

20. Lilienstein view III
 

21. Looking Down
 

22. Curve
 

23. The Way Up
 

24. Yet a Lilienstein View
 

25. Opening
 

26. Upstream View
Kurort Rathen

27. By the Riverside
 

28. White Flower
 

29. Kurort Rathen
 

30. Rock and Flowers
 

31. Animal Woodcarving
Bastei

32. View over Elbe
 

33. Fingers
 

34. Lonely Pine
 

35. Rock with Figure
 

36. Sad Figure
 

37. One More Elbe View
 

38. Basteibrücke
 

39. Rock and River
 

40. Into the Mystery Forest
 

41. The Mystery Forest II
 

42. Under a Rock
 

43. The Mystery Forest IV
 

44. Six-eyed Caterpillar
Stadt Wehlen

45. Town Square
Bad Schandau

1. Waiting for the Ferry Boat
 

2. Across the River
 

3. From the Top of the Lift
 

4. Bad Schandau
 

5. House in Ostrau
 

6. A view of the Fields
 

7. Through the Trees
Königstein

8. The Fort
 

9. Königstein Town
 

10. On the Way Up
 

11. View over Town
 

12. Canons at the Fort
 

13. Castle Walls
 

14. View over Elbe
 

15. Königstein across the River
Lilienstein

16. Going to Lilienstein
 

17. At the Foot of the Wall
 

18. A View Back
 

19. Königstein Again
 

20. Lilienstein view III
 

21. Looking Down
 

22. Curve
 

23. The Way Up
 

24. Yet a Lilienstein View
 

25. Opening
 

26. Upstream View
Kurort Rathen

27. By the Riverside
 

28. White Flower
 

29. Kurort Rathen
 

30. Rock and Flowers
 

31. Animal Woodcarving
Bastei

32. View over Elbe
 

33. Fingers
 

34. Lonely Pine
 

35. Rock with Figure
 

36. Sad Figure
 

37. One More Elbe View
 

38. Basteibrücke
 

39. Rock and River
 

40. Into the Mystery Forest
 

41. The Mystery Forest II
 

42. Under a Rock
 

43. The Mystery Forest IV
 

44. Six-eyed Caterpillar
Stadt Wehlen

45. Town Square
Bad Schandau

1. Waiting for the Ferry Boat
 

2. Across the River
 

3. From the Top of the Lift
 

4. Bad Schandau
 

5. House in Ostrau
 

6. A view of the Fields
 

7. Through the Trees
Königstein

8. The Fort
 

9. Königstein Town
 

10. On the Way Up
 

11. View over Town
 

12. Canons at the Fort
 

13. Castle Walls
 

14. View over Elbe
 

15. Königstein across the River
Lilienstein

16. Going to Lilienstein
 

17. At the Foot of the Wall
 

18. A View Back
 

19. Königstein Again
 

20. Lilienstein view III
 

21. Looking Down
 

22. Curve
 

23. The Way Up
 

24. Yet a Lilienstein View
 

25. Opening
 

26. Upstream View
Kurort Rathen

27. By the Riverside
 

28. White Flower
 

29. Kurort Rathen
 

30. Rock and Flowers
 

31. Animal Woodcarving
Bastei

32. View over Elbe
 

33. Fingers
 

34. Lonely Pine
 

35. Rock with Figure
 

36. Sad Figure
 

37. One More Elbe View
 

38. Basteibrücke
 

39. Rock and River
 

40. Into the Mystery Forest
 

41. The Mystery Forest II
 

42. Under a Rock
 

43. The Mystery Forest IV
 

44. Six-eyed Caterpillar
Stadt Wehlen

45. Town Square
Bad Schandau

1. Waiting for the Ferry Boat
 

2. Across the River
 

3. From the Top of the Lift
 

4. Bad Schandau
 

5. House in Ostrau
 

6. A view of the Fields
 

7. Through the Trees
Königstein

8. The Fort
 

9. Königstein Town
 

10. On the Way Up
 

11. View over Town
 

12. Canons at the Fort
 

13. Castle Walls
 

14. View over Elbe
 

15. Königstein across the River
Lilienstein

16. Going to Lilienstein
 

17. At the Foot of the Wall
 

18. A View Back
 

19. Königstein Again
 

20. Lilienstein view III
 

21. Looking Down
 

22. Curve
 

23. The Way Up
 

24. Yet a Lilienstein View
 

25. Opening
 

26. Upstream View
Kurort Rathen

27. By the Riverside
 

28. White Flower
 

29. Kurort Rathen
 

30. Rock and Flowers
 

31. Animal Woodcarving
Bastei

32. View over Elbe
 

33. Fingers
 

34. Lonely Pine
 

35. Rock with Figure
 

36. Sad Figure
 

37. One More Elbe View
 

38. Basteibrücke
 

39. Rock and River
 

40. Into the Mystery Forest
 

41. The Mystery Forest II
 

42. Under a Rock
 

43. The Mystery Forest IV
 

44. Six-eyed Caterpillar
Stadt Wehlen

45. Town Square
Bad Schandau

1. Waiting for the Ferry Boat
 

2. Across the River
 

3. From the Top of the Lift
 

4. Bad Schandau
 

5. House in Ostrau
 

6. A view of the Fields
 

7. Through the Trees
Königstein

8. The Fort
 

9. Königstein Town
 

10. On the Way Up
 

11. View over Town
 

12. Canons at the Fort
 

13. Castle Walls
 

14. View over Elbe
 

15. Königstein across the River
Lilienstein

16. Going to Lilienstein
 

17. At the Foot of the Wall
 

18. A View Back
 

19. Königstein Again
 

20. Lilienstein view III
 

21. Looking Down
 

22. Curve
 

23. The Way Up
 

24. Yet a Lilienstein View
 

25. Opening
 

26. Upstream View
Kurort Rathen

27. By the Riverside
 

28. White Flower
 

29. Kurort Rathen
 

30. Rock and Flowers
 

31. Animal Woodcarving
Bastei

32. View over Elbe
 

33. Fingers
 

34. Lonely Pine
 

35. Rock with Figure
 

36. Sad Figure
 

37. One More Elbe View
 

38. Basteibrücke
 

39. Rock and River
 

40. Into the Mystery Forest
 

41. The Mystery Forest II
 

42. Under a Rock
 

43. The Mystery Forest IV
 

44. Six-eyed Caterpillar
Stadt Wehlen

45. Town Square
Bad Schandau

1. Waiting for the Ferry Boat
 

2. Across the River
 

3. From the Top of the Lift
 

4. Bad Schandau
 

5. House in Ostrau
 

6. A view of the Fields
 

7. Through the Trees
Königstein

8. The Fort
 

9. Königstein Town
 

10. On the Way Up
 

11. View over Town
 

12. Canons at the Fort
 

13. Castle Walls
 

14. View over Elbe
 

15. Königstein across the River
Lilienstein

16. Going to Lilienstein
 

17. At the Foot of the Wall
 

18. A View Back
 

19. Königstein Again
 

20. Lilienstein view III
 

21. Looking Down
 

22. Curve
 

23. The Way Up
 

24. Yet a Lilienstein View
 

25. Opening
 

26. Upstream View
Kurort Rathen

27. By the Riverside
 

28. White Flower
 

29. Kurort Rathen
 

30. Rock and Flowers
 

31. Animal Woodcarving
Bastei

32. View over Elbe
 

33. Fingers
 

34. Lonely Pine
 

35. Rock with Figure
 

36. Sad Figure
 

37. One More Elbe View
 

38. Basteibrücke
 

39. Rock and River
 

40. Into the Mystery Forest
 

41. The Mystery Forest II
 

42. Under a Rock
 

43. The Mystery Forest IV
 

44. Six-eyed Caterpillar
Stadt Wehlen

45. Town Square
Bad Schandau

1. Waiting for the Ferry Boat
 

2. Across the River
 

3. From the Top of the Lift
 

4. Bad Schandau
 

5. House in Ostrau
 

6. A view of the Fields
 

7. Through the Trees
Königstein

8. The Fort
 

9. Königstein Town
 

10. On the Way Up
 

11. View over Town
 

12. Canons at the Fort
 

13. Castle Walls
 

14. View over Elbe
 

15. Königstein across the River
Lilienstein

16. Going to Lilienstein
 

17. At the Foot of the Wall
 

18. A View Back
 

19. Königstein Again
 

20. Lilienstein view III
 

21. Looking Down
 

22. Curve
 

23. The Way Up
 

24. Yet a Lilienstein View
 

25. Opening
 

26. Upstream View
Kurort Rathen

27. By the Riverside
 

28. White Flower
 

29. Kurort Rathen
 

30. Rock and Flowers
 

31. Animal Woodcarving
Bastei

32. View over Elbe
 

33. Fingers
 

34. Lonely Pine
 

35. Rock with Figure
 

36. Sad Figure
 

37. One More Elbe View
 

38. Basteibrücke
 

39. Rock and River
 

40. Into the Mystery Forest
 

41. The Mystery Forest II
 

42. Under a Rock
 

43. The Mystery Forest IV
 

44. Six-eyed Caterpillar
Stadt Wehlen

45. Town Square

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