Right on the main walk in Niederrathen is a fountain that has pillars with figures on top. I wondered what these figures depict so I had a closer look. A plaque by the fountain explains that many of the sandstone rock formations around Rathen have names, often related to a legend, and the figures of the fountain depict these names of the rocks.
So you can see a monk and a nun here, a goose and a lamb, the valley's guard, a railway locomotive and a hellhound as well as a turk's head. Funny.
Sure, the views from Kleine Bastei are not as spectacular as those from the Bastei. However, the views *are* beautiful and on a holiday or weekend with beautiful weather - when Bastei is crowded - I prefer to go to Kleine Bastei.
You can see the Elbe river, Rathen, the other *real* Bastei as well as the impressive Mt. Lilienstein and the Rauenstein mountain. It is a favourite place of mine for having a picnic.
To get there walk the path from (Nieder-)Rathen to Dr. Keydel's Rhododendron garden and continue via the signposted path.
In case you're in Rathen in May/June don't miss to see the blooming rhododrendron in the romantic garden of Dr. Keydel. There are nice places with benches for a rest or picnic in the garden. The views of Rathen and the bizarre sandstone formations are gorgeous.
It is still a quite often overlooked gem. In the late 20th century it ran wild more and more, but the restoration is almost completed.
You get to the garden by walking up the hill on the southeast side in Niederrathen (signposted).