Saxon Switzerland – A Miracle of Nature between Dresden and Prague

If you were looking for a holiday by the sea, you are about 100 million years late …

Over time, the sea of the Cretaceous period evolved into the romantic landscape of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, where wild canyons and sandstone stacks, tors and mesas serve as the hallmarks of Saxon Switzerland. In southeastern Saxony, some 30 km from Dresden and 150 km from Prague, rugged mountains and sweeping river valleys form the backdrop to a 760 km² adventure playground stacked with natural wonders. At the heart of this dramatic gift of ancient history is a vast National Park: as far as the eye can see, lush, green nature spills from the fossilised Cretaceous sea through which the River Elbe has carved its course.

Experience Heaven in the National Park

National Parc Sign by Mandy Krebs

National Park Sign by Mandy Krebs

The National Park of Saxon Switzerland offers endless ways to spend your holiday. The 93 km2 region between Pirna and the Czech border is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. More than 700 summits are available to rock climbers, while for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, there are 400 km of marked trails, steep treks, paths and an abundance of cycle routes through the National Park. Nearby resorts and spas serve as oases for those who seek a cure or simply want to be pampered. Travellers, from families to adventure-seekers are transported to a quirky and wildly romantic world. The crystal clear waters of the Elbe’s tributaries flow quietly through valleys forged between mighty table mountains. Salmon, otters and kingfishers are at home here. Lynx prowl woods that retain the feel of primeval forest, while hawks, black storks and eagle owls soar and hover high above steep canyons …

From Switzerland with love
The name Saxon Switzerland is no coincidental reference to the alpine feel of the landscape. About 200 years ago, Anton Graff and Adrian Zingg, painters of the Romantic period, visited Dresden. Excursions into the magnificent mountain-like landscape reminded them of their homeland, Switzerland. Impressed by the breathtaking sandstone formations, they came to a conclusion: such a masterpiece of nature should bear the name of “Switzerland”. In letters home, they declared “Greetings From Saxon Switzerland“ – and the name stuck.

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