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Travel Tips for Pirna
Views from the bridge
For a good view of Pirna do the short walk from the old town or the railway station to the bridge. For good light for taking photos go afternoon. The old town is very picturesque with its old houses, towers and the huge roof of St. Mary's church. The river and hills add still more beauty ... As you can see from the picture I did not go to the bridge ... I took the photo from a steam boat, passing Pirna. Also very enjoyable!
The Mail-column / Postdistanzsäule
All over Saxony you may still see such columns that show you the distances to the most important towns of Saxony.
These columns date back to the 18th century, when the mail was delivered by horse carriages or horsemen and it shows the colored coats of arms of Saxony and Poland-Lithouania and a list of important villages and towns with the distances in miles.
This column is 4,5 meters high and was errected in 1722 under August the strong / August der Starke.
In order to see where to find the column, search for #12 on the map that is shown on my link below !
the museum inside the Canalettohaus
The Canalettohaus dates back to the 16th century and got its by-name when Canaletto painted it in 1752.
Inside the building you may see reproductions of many of his paintings and also a model of the Camera Obscura of Canaletto.
During the opening times of the Tourist-information you may go there and have a look. - there is no extra entrancefee, you just go there and take a look.
The building is #1 on the map that you see in my link below !
the side-door of the townhall
This is the side-entrance of the townhall of Pirna with great arches made of sandstone and great sculptured reliefs.
Sandstone was one of the most precious goods that Pirna could win from the mountains nearby and export to other countries, mostly with ships going up and down the Elbe / Labe.
In 1837 the regular steam-ships-trafic was started from Dresden and brought plenty of tourists as well.
These steam-ships still run on the river and are a major tourist-attraction today !
Rock formations at Bastei
This is not an off the beaten path destination but since I have to put it under the nearest town, I suppose it is.
Millions of people have visited these beautiful rock formations overlooking the river Elbe.
You can read more about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastei.
Although there are many people, it is still easy to make many beautiful photos (without people on them!).
Once you get to the signpost 'Bastei' you need to park your car and take a shuttle bus 3 kms to Bastei. The parking costs 2.50 euro and the ride (if you want it) costs 1 euro per person one way and 1.50 euro return trip.