Pirna Off The Beaten Path

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    Rathen & the Bastei - 8km from Pirna

    by globetrott Updated Dec 23, 2004

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    Bastei - 8km upstream from Pirna

    Bastei is the name of s pecial group of rocks, 8 km upstream of Pirna around the small village called Rathen or Kurort Rathen.
    In 1881 an artificial bridge was built in order to walk easily between these giant rocks and millions of tourists get there each year in order to see this special rocks and have a great view of the river Elbe.
    Just a few steps from the bridge, that you may see on my picture, there is an old fortress dating back to the 13th century. This fortress was built by wooden buildings between the rocks and it was a safe place for several centuries.
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    Kottensteig is the street where you may drive
    to the end and park your car and walk
    another 300 meters to get to Bastei.
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    Elbsandsteingebirge - not far from Pirna

    by globetrott Updated Dec 23, 2004

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    Elbsandgebirge - 8km from Pirna

    Just about 8 km upstream of the river Elbe you may see one of the most fatastic and unique rocks-formations of Germany with steep rocks very close to the river and you may climb up there easily and have a great view of the landscape at many places like here on my picture !
    You may even drive up there by car and have to walk just 5 minutes to get to this view-point.
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    Festung Königstein - 12km south of Pirna

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2004

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    Festung K��nigstein - 12 km south of Pirna

    Festung Königstein is 12 km south of Pirna and it is the biggest castle in Europe - with more than 1700 meters of walls around it.
    The castle was built on the very top of a rather flat mountain above the river Elbe, and it was used as a prison and fortification untill 1922.

    NO enemy was ever able toget into the castle...

    ...BUT in 1848 Sebastian Abratzky was able to climb up one of the steep rocks and get into the castle. His profession was to clean chimneys and so he knew some tricks of climbing.
    He was set into prison for a few weeks...

    On the castle you may still see plenty of great cannons, like on my picture.

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    Großsedlitz / Grosssedlitz - 5 km from Pirna

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2004

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    Grosssedlitz - just 5 km from Pirna

    Grosssedlitz ( spelled with 3 S !) or sometimes spelled Großsedlitz is mainly famous for its great baroque gardens . This castle is about 5 Km from Pirna , simply follow the signs, when you drive on the left shore of the river Elbe / Labe .

    When you click on my picture, you will see that the park was built perfectely into the landscape with plenty of lovely sculptures to be found in the park.

    The castle is open daily :
    March-Sept: 08.00a.m. - 08.00p.m.
    Nov-March : Sat+Sun 10.00a.m.-04.00p.m.(weather permitting !)
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    Vineyards

    by german_eagle Written Oct 12, 2003

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    vineyards

    Believe it or not, there are vineyards in Pirna! The hills on the northern bank of the Elbe river are the southernmost edge of the "Meissen" winegrowing region. Sure, there are only a couple of small vineyards, but hey ... at least you should have a look if there is a "Besen" (broom) put on the small houses - which means they're open and you can go and taste the wine.

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    Postmeilensäule

    by german_eagle Written Oct 12, 2003

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    In one of those gardens you find a "Postmeilensäule" (Distance column). Such columns were erected all over Saxony in 18th century. It dates from 1722 and is the last - and well preserved - example of those columns in Pirna.

    It shows the distances to several towns. But don't think it would not be accurate, when reading "6 hours" or so. Sure, transportation in 18th century was mostly by horse-drawn carriages, but "hours" was not meant as time, but distance! It was stated that a carriage makes a certain number of miles in one hour, so this finally tells us how many MILES away a town is located.

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