Bad Schandau Travel Guide

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Bad Schandau Things to Do

  • ST. JOHNS CHURCH

    From Sendig Fountain, I then walked to St. John's Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church that dates back to the 18th Century.This Church has a few interesting pieces inside. One is the Renaissance altar created by Hans Walther II between 1574-1579 for the Dresden Church of the Holy Cross, instead it stayed here in Bad Schandau. A carving known as...

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  • SENDIG FOUNTAIN

    I came across the beautiful Sendig Fountain in the marktplatz in Bad Schandau. As it was funded by Rudolf Sendig in 1896, the fountain was named in his honour. It was because of this beautiful fountain that Bad Schandau became known as “the pearl of Saxon Switzerland”.

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  • THE HISTORIC ELEVATOR

    As we followed Route 172 along towards the Czech border, we came across the free standing 50-metre high tower. Unfortunately, we looked at it and thought we had to climb the tower and gave it a miss, this isn't the case though! It's a historic lift that takes you to the top and to the village of Ostrau . The so-called Ostrauer Scheibe is a plateau...

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  • Kirnitzschtalbahn

    This 7.9 km, 11-stop metre gauge roadside tramway, electrified at 600 V DC, links Bad Schandau with the Lichtenhainer waterfall. Inaugurated on 28 May 1898, it originally ran from close to the Lindenhof hotel in Bad Schandau, but in 1969 because of traffic congestion in the town centre the line was cut back by 400 m to Stadtpark. Around 30% of the...

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  • Lichtenhainer Waterfall

    If you don't feel like hiking at all you may just take the bus or the Kirnitzschtalbahn to the Lichtenhainer Waterfall. There you may view the small waterfall and then you may visit the restaurant there.

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  • Take a hike to the Kuhstall

    Once you arrived at the Lichtenhainer Waterfall you can start your hike to the Kuhstall (cow shed). The hike takes you uphill through a lovely foresty area. The Kuhstall itself is a giant rock arch through which you walk and then you have a fabulous view over the landscape.You can then climb up the Himmelsleiter (staircase to heaven) if you are not...

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  • National Park

    The National Park "Saechsische Schweiz" with its natural wonders is the reason for most travellers to visit Bad Schandau and the region.There are two parts of the National Park, separated from each other: the frontier part (see my Kurort Rathen page) and the rear part. The latter is larger and 'wilder'.The National Park provides vast forests,...

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  • Church Reinhardtsdorf

    This small church is one of the finest examples of rural Baroque style in Saxony. Built in the 15th/16th century it was re-decorated 1675 - 89.From outside the windows with their tracery indicate that the church was originally built in late Gothic style. But already the western portal with its figures (angels) makes clear that the visitor will find...

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  • Explore the old town of Bad Schandau!

    Bad Schandau's old town is not very large and cannot compete with Pirna's or Meißen's - but is still worth a stroll for an hour or so. Almost all houses have been thoroughly restored after the terrible flood 2002. Unfortunately one of the few houses that are still waiting for restoration is the old townhouse from the middle of the 16th century with...

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  • Church Bad Schandau

    The protestant church St. John Baptist dominates the market square of the small town. The tower (built 1645) is a landmark of Bad Schandau.The nave was built 1694 - 1709 after the previous one was destroyed by a fire. The highlight of the interior is the stunning altar (1575 - 79), originally made for the church of the Holy Cross in Dresden, then...

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  • BAD SCHANDAU: Pavillons

    Some houses at the foot of the steep slope have a pavillon like this high up in their gardens. That must be a lovely spot to have coffee or tea and cake and enjoy the view of the valley.

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  • BAD SCHANDAU: Church

    The protestant parish church of Bad Schandau, built in 1694-1709, shows the typical shapes of protestant churches around 1700. The renaissance altar is the church's most important treasure. It originally comes from Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) in Dresden. When the Kreuzkirche was rebuilt in baroque-classicist style in the 18th century, it...

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Bad Schandau Hotels

  • Hotel Elbresidenz Schandau

    The rooms are well laid out, especially the bathrooms which is important for the ladies. They not...

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  • Lindenhof

    Rudolf Sendig Str 11, Bad Schandau, Saxony, 01814, Germany

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Parkhotel Bad Schandau

    Rudolf Sendig Strasse 12, Bad Schandau 01814

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

Bad Schandau Restaurants

  • Berghof Lichtenhain

    This is one of my favourite restaurants for the views alone. It is in the village Lichtenhain, between Bad Schandau and Sebnitz, and sits on a hill overlooking a large part of the National Park Saxon Switzerland. The sandstone mountains with their cliffs and patches and bizarre formations are right vis-a-vis, the appearance changing by the minute...

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  • Elbterrasse

    This restaurant is one out of several in the upscale five-star hotel Elbresidenz, which occupies the block between the Market square and the river. The restaurant Elbterrasse is located on the garden-/riverside, left corner of the hotel, seen from the river. They have a very nice terrace from where you can enjoy the fantastic view of the river and...

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  • Gasthof "Zum Baeren"

    After walking through Bad Schandau and searching for a place to eat we ended up in this restaurant. The Gasthof which also rents out rooms has quite a few house guests having dinner there as well.I don't know why but with all these house guests I felt a bit like an intruder and didn't feel at ease there. The patron was very reserved and not at all...

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  • Zum Bären

    Searching for a simple dining place, nothing fancy, we came across this traditional Gasthof (Inn) located in Bad Schandau's small old town. The ambience is quite nice, interior mostly wood, the crowd mostly guests staying in the inn and locals. The hosts is a bit grumpy but not unfriendly. I had a Soljanka (Russian soup, very popular in the former...

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  • Ziegelscheune

    As the name indicates the place has originally been a manufacture for bricks. The timber-framed house goes back to 1780, an annex of stone was built around the year 1900. Over the years the building was turned into a custom station, a general store and finally a restaurant.While the food is really good the major reason to visit the Ziegelscheune...

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  • Hotel Margarethenhof

    The Margarethenhof is located in the small village Gohrisch, on a large plateau above the Elbe river (west bank) and about 6 km from Bad Schandau.This place offers a bit more upscale food than the average restaurant in the region. On special occasions like holidays they create special menus that I highly recommend. You can also just pick the...

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Bad Schandau Transportation

  • By ferry across the Elbe river

    Our round trip was completed by taking the ferry from Bad Schandau back to the railway station. I think it cost Euro 1.00 but am not sure anymore.Along the Elbe river you find many ferries. For further information check the link below.

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  • By bus along the Kirnitzsch valley

    If you arrive by train to Bad Schandau then you best take the bus no. 241 direction Hinterhermansdorf to your destination in the Kirnitzsch valley. The bus goes across the Elbe bridge and so there is no need to take the ferry. The bus is also somewhat cheaper than the Kirnitzschtalbahn.

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  • By Kirnitzschtalbahn to Lichtenhainer...

    The Kirnitzschtal railway is actually a tramway overland line through the lovely Kirnitzsch valley. The old fashioned carriages take you in slow motion past the campsite to the Lichtenhainer Waterfall. The one way fare was Euro 4.00 in July 2011.The Kirnitzschtalbahn was inaugurated in 1898 and the line is 7,8 km long.In summer 2011 the tramway...

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Bad Schandau Warnings and Dangers

  • Scared Of Heights? Choose Hiking Tours...

    The hiking trails up to the tops of the sandstone rocks partly consist of transparent and steep metal stairs or even ladders. If you are scared of heights, better avoid. Climbing up is already tough, the descent is much, much harder.The stairs and ladders are solid, don't sway and provide a good grip, so they are in theory safe - unless one behaves...

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  • If a Saxon invites you on a hiking tour,...

    I learned that, in the eyes of the locals, "hiking" means an activity that necessarily involves climbing ladders up and down vertical rocks and paths along the edge of the abyss. What I consider a hike, i e. paths that can be walked without having to use your hands to cling to rocks or handrails, is called a "walk". In case you are (like me) scared...

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Bad Schandau What to Pack

  • Bring Proper Shoes For Hiking

    If you plan hiking the national park, bring proper hiking shoes with soles that have a good grip. Sneakers, trainers, running shoes are by no means suitable for these trails. Wear hiking boots or good trekking shoes.

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  • 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...

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Bad Schandau Off The Beaten Path

  • Elbleitenweg - coming down

    There's something about walking through forest anywhere. For me, it's a pleasure. There's life, or not in some cases, and everywhere the landscape is changing constantly. The next visit to a place is never the same.I took all these shots just of the trail scenes as I walked along, here a moss laden rock, there a carpet of leaf litter, somewhere...

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  • 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...

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  • Elbleitenweg - parting of the ways

    I knew that when I had climbed a certain amount I would reach an intersection where I had to turn left and that became fact some time after the trail flattened out (pic 3).You might think that the national parks body have signs everywhere and you'd be right. The problem is not the signs but finding a map with the trails on them. So far I've found...

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Bad Schandau Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking: Heilige Stiege - Frienstein

    A very good option for seeing the bizarre sandstone formations up close and getting right into the heart of the National Park is the hike from Schmilka in the Elbe valley via Heilige Stiege to the Kirnitzsch valley. From Bad Schandau take the bus or train/ferry combination to Schmilka, from there walk back down the river (pic 1) for about 5 minutes...

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  • Hiking: Kaiserkrone

    The neighbouring mountain to Zirkelstein is called Kaiserkrone. Again, the build was the reason for the name: From the distance and northern direction the flat-top mountain looks like a crown with three peaks. The highest one is only 351 m, though :-)Access is from Schöna, the village southeast of Bad Schandau again. For getting there see my Sports...

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  • Hiking: Zirkelstein

    Zirkelstein is a tiny flat-top sandstone mountain on the left bank of the Elbe river, southeast of Bad Schandau, which got the name from its significant build: like a compass (pic 1). Elevation is only 384 m, it doesn't tower up much above the plateau.Starting point is the village Schöna, accessible by bus #252 from Bad Schandau or by a 30 minutes...

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Bad Schandau Favorites

  • A streetcar of desire

    There's a tram that travels between Bad Schandau and the Lichtenhainer Wasserfall, along the river Kirnitzsch. It's a distance of 8 km and the yellow historical tram stops at several places from which you can start your walking tours in the national park. Also, you take the so-called "rafts-men path" in the Kirnitzsch valley. In former times, the...

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  • On the bastei

    The anticipation of getting to those spectacular stone bridges that I had seen so often in photos was magnetic. It didn't matter how tired I felt I was going to make it. As it turns out, you can reach the top comfortably in half an hour. As the craggy rocks got closer and then I moved between them (pic 3) there were views over the Elbe (pics 1 &...

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  • Bastei climbing

    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...

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