Rudolf Sendig Str 11, Bad Schandau, Saxony, 01814, Germany
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Travel Tips for Bad Schandau
If you take the wrong turn at Kurort Rathen you will end up going past an old chateau style restaurant and accommodation perched enticingly over the Elbe.
Should you go on further and take the proper track it is a much easier walk but you miss the atmosphere of the chateau. Pushing further on takes you through the woods with eye catching glimpses of rocks (pic 2 to 5). The forest is so different to what I'm used to in Australia and I know it is said that comparisons can be odious but I do miss the wildlife you get in the Aussie bush; many European forests seem sterile to my eye.
Still, it is wonderful to be out in nature, climbing to those magical stairs and bridges on the Bastei.
Get yourself a hiking map!
When going to the Saxon Switzerland National Park, I recommend you buy a hiking map. We took the "Tophographische Karte Sächsisch-Böhmische Schweiz", with a scale of 1:25000. It covers all the National Park and also parts of the Bohemian National Park in the Czech Republic. It includes are all hiking tracks with their symbols, and there's a supplement with information about the National Park and more than 70 possible hiking tours from different starting points. These hiking tours come with short information about the distance, walking time, and how exhausting the tour is. We found this very helpfull.
Hiking: Panoramic Trail
This hike is rather a walk - very easy, almost no elevation difference and not longer than 3 hours incl. some photo stops.
The panoramic trail was created a few years ago. It leads from the village Lichtenhain via Mittelndorf to Altendorf - all the time on a hillside with beautiful views of the bizarre sandstone formations vis-a-vis. Don't forget to pay attention to the cute villages as well - Lichtenhain has a nice little Baroque church and Mittelndorf is one of the most beautiful villages around.
The best time is late afternoon (best light for pictures). Restaurants in the villages, no picnic needed this time :-)
Elbleitenweg - vertically challenged
It was a sandstone fantasy land. Rounded crags appeared everywhere. Around every corner a new vista would unfold, each as impressive as the last.
At one stage I clambered up on one of the smaller rocks and gazed across to another big lump (pic 5). I was amazed when I saw people walking around it on a made walkway.
Sadly, time didn't allow me to venture over there but it highlighted the fact that there are enough walking trails in the area for you to spend a fortnight and never use the same trail twice.
Every shot in this group is vertical, and that's the impression you'll be left with. Tall vertical sandstone spires in every shape imagineable.
I'm sure you'll be as moved as I was should you venture on to the trails.
Several old houses in Postelwitz show the traditional half-timbered architecture of this region, known als Umgebindehäuser. The part of the ground floor that contains the kitchen and the fire is built from stone, the rest from logs like a block house. Around this construction, a timber frame supports the half-timbered upper storey and the roof.
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