Pirna Travel Guide

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Pirna Things to Do

  • Richard-Wagner-Museum Graupa

    In 1846 Richard Wagner, at that time chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, went to nearby Graupa on vacation. He spent 10 weeks in a farmhouse ("Schäfersches Gut"). Back then Graupa was a tiny, idyllic village at the foot of the hills and at the starting point to hiking trails to the region called "Saxon Switzerland". Not much has changed...

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  • Sonnenstein Gardens

    My new favourite place in Pirna are the gardens that stretch over the hillside between the town and Sonnenstein. They were first created after 1764, when the Sonnenstein lost "fortress" status. Recently the gardens were reconstructed, using the (nicely restored) remains of the former city fortifications, including thick walls and remains of towers....

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  • Sonnenstein bastions/fortifications

    As mentioned in the (Former) Fortress Sonnenstein tip above, the Baroque bastions/fortifications are still there, and with a guided tour you can see the interior. When the complex was restored for the county administration's headquarters a couple of years ago, they also cleared the interior of the bastions from all the trash, made it accessible for...

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  • (Former) Fortress Sonnenstein

    The landmark of Pirna, St. Mary church aside, is the former fortress Sonnenstein, located on a hill above the town and the river. It was first mentioned in 1269, the Bishop of Meissen sold it to the Bohemian King in 1293, since 1405 it is back to Saxony.Not much is preserved of the medieval castle, but you still can see (and visit the interior of)...

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  • Sonnenstein Memorial Site

    This tip is about a very dark chapter of Pirna's history. Nonetheless it belongs to the town and the locals faced up to it.The sanatorium Pirna-Sonnenstein, widely renowned for its humanist tradition, was opened in 1811. It was the first psychiatric institution in Germany that aimed to heal mentally ill people, not just to lock them away. The...

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  • Catholic church St. Kunigunde

    The catholic church St. Kunigunde together with the vicarage and the former school house form a very nice ensemble. They were built 1865 - 69 a the place of the former moat, just outside the city wall. The buildings form a tiny square that opens to the green promenade with flowers and monuments which stretches around the old town on the southern...

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  • Tetzelhaus

    This townhouse is most likely the oldest one preserved in Pirna - it dates from 1381. It was named after the famous preacher Johann Tetzel who was born here in 1465. After school in Pirna and studies in Leipzig he became a Dominican monk. He is famous for preaching redemption through generous cash donations to the Catholic church ("Ablasshandel")...

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  • Stadtkirche St.Marien

    Just behind the townsquare you may walk to the church of St.Marien with plenty of great sculptures outside.I liked especially the entrance-gates that looked very special .It is a pity, the church was locked and not open to the public because of restoration-works going on...The church was built between 1502 and 1546, and the tower even dates back to...

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  • the townhall of Pirna

    The townhall of Pirna is one of the architectural highlights of the town.It was built in the very centre of the townsquare and you may walk all around of it and will see plenty of great details like a sun-scale and lovely sculptures at many places of the facade.The building dates back to the year 1396 and was also used as a saleshouse for some...

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Pirna Hotels

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  • aktiv Hotel Sachsische Schweiz

    Rottwerndorfer Strasse 56 b, Pirna, Saxony, 01796, Germany

    Good for: Business

  • Romantik Hotel Deutsches Haus

    Niedere Burgstrasse 1, Pirna, Saxony, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Zur Post

    Liebstadter Str.30, Pirna, Saxony, 01796, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Pirna Restaurants

  • Cafe & Bistro Cappuccino

    There is no shortage of restaurants, cafes etc. at the Market square. This one is nothing special, but it's not bad either. They have a terrace in front of the bistro, view of the town hall, but also affected by the traffic - this part of the square is NOT car-free, and surprisingly many cars driving by can really be annoying.I had the daily lunch...

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  • Cafe Schokoladenkunst

    This small cafe is one of my most recent discoveries in Pirna. I am pretty sure they only opened in 2010 or 2011. It is located right on the Market square corner where the small alley leads to St. Mary church, next to the Tourist Information in the Canaletto house - perfect. The cafe is actually a chocolate shop with a few tables - probably two...

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  • Schmole

    If you're in the mood for a quick coffee, tired from (window) shopping or sightseeing, then have a break at this shop. They have actually two shops, located across the street from each other. The one on the picture is the smaller one where they sell some sorts of self-roasted coffee in beans or prepare a cup of their coffee for you that you can...

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  • Deutsches Haus

    One of the fanciest (whatever that means in Pirna - don't expect upscale restaurants like in big cities!) restaurants in Pirna is located in the Hotel Deutsches Haus. Under vaulted ceilings from centuries ago they serve mostly local food, hearty and filling but with a nice fancy touch.We visited in fall 2008 and had beef medaillons with vegetables,...

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  • Cafe Central

    We discovered this cafe on the latest visit to Pirna. They claim it is the cafe with the longest tradition in town - opened 1887. It definitely looks like back in the old times - cosy, romantic. They bake their cakes and cookies themselves - everything I tried was very good. I also bought some cookies (butter + choco called black and white) which...

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  • Cafe Canaletto

    This cafe is my favourite in Pirna. The location is not to beat - at a corner of the Market square, offering exactly the famous view that painter Canaletto chose some hundred years ago. Thus the name of the cafe, of course. For best views try to get a table inside by the large window to the Market square or outside.Service is very good. Prices are...

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Pirna Transportation

  • Bicycle

    Pirna is a good place to hop on your bicycle, either to get there and back, or to move around. Most of the town is located down in the Elbe river valley, and even the hills around the town are not *that* steep. A really enjoyable way to get there is a bike trip along the river; the Elbe cycling trail is one of the favourites in Germany.Locals use...

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  • Bus

    Getting TO Pirna by bus is not really an option. Train is more efficient. But for getting AROUND in Pirna, its suburbs and the region Saxon Switzerland bus is the way to go. The central bus station is right next to the train station (see pic, train station in the background). There is another bus stop a few metres from the old town called "Breite...

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  • Get to Pirna the romantic way - by...

    To get to Pirna by steam-ship from Dresden takes a lot more time than by train or car, BUT it is also more romantic and you will pass by many interesting places on your way to Bad Schandau, that you could explore afterwards by car.For timetables and more infos , just click on my link below - these ships run regularily even at certain times in...

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Pirna Shopping

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    by ATLC Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    While we walked, through the dark, towards our restaurant, I saw a lot of nice shops. So in this tip I'm just saying that it's worthwhile to visit Pirna for a bit of shopping.

    What to buy: I saw lots of nice good quality fashion, sweet shops, a cookery shop... but everything was closed, it was after hours!

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Pirna Local Customs

  • Christmas Market

    Like almost every town in Saxony (and Germany) Pirna has a Christmas Market. It opens 1st Advent and closes one or two days before Holy Eve. It has a lot of potential, especially as it takes place on the romantic, very beautiful Market square, but I must admit I have been to better Christmas Markets.I never managed to find a Glühwein that actually...

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  • Easter fountain

    A nice local custom (as in many regions of Germany) is to decorate one of the historic (Baroque) fountains on the Market square with flowers and easter eggs. Every year one of the flower shops in town provides the flowers, about five or six people (in 2010 e.g. a project for unemployed youth) paint the eggs and decorate the "crown", a wooden...

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  • 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...

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Pirna Warnings and Dangers

  • construction-works all over town

    All over the town of Pirna you will see restoration-works going on, and on one side this is great of course for future visitors BUT on the other side many of the lovely facades will be hidden behind scaffolds during your stay maybe...be prepared for this and come back another time. The restorations of the interior of the church of St.Marien will be...

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  • sometimes you need to swim

    Just click on my picture and you will see the mark on the wall of this house, showing the waterline during the big flood of summer 2002.This is really almost unbelievably high, about 2 meters above the street and about 4 meters above the ordinary water-level, that you might see in the background of my picture .The flood in august 2002 was extremely...

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    by Leipzig Written Jun 11, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 8 – 19°C ( 47 - 66°F ); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 - 48°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 24°C ( 70 - 75°F ); min: 12 - 13°C ( 52 - 55°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 19°C ( 43 - 66°F); min: 2 - 11°C ( 36 – 51°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 6°C ( 38 - 43°F); min: -1 - 1°C ( 30 - 34°F )

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Pirna Off The Beaten Path

  • County Music School

    Pirna is the biggest town and administrative centre of the county "Saxon Switzerland - Eastern Erzgebirge." One of the county institutions that have their home in Pirna is the music school. Their main focus is on teaching kids (from Kindergarten to High School), but they also have some classes for young adults. Fees are moderate. Capacity is...

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  • St.Heinrich & Klosterhof / the monastery

    The old Dominikan monastery still looks great from outside, but unfortunately I could not get inside.Today there is the "Stadtmuseum" / townmuseum inside this building.The museum is open daily except mondayTuesday-Sunday : 10.00a.m.-05.00p.m.The monastery dates back to the year 1300 and looks great with the gothic windows.The monastery is a bit off...

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  • the library & a great entrancegate

    The Stadtbibiothek / the town's library of Pirna is situated inside a historic building partly dating back to the 13th century.The beautiful sandstone-gate dates back to 1755 and shows a lion in the centre.Walk in the gate and see some more lovely details of architecture inside !This building is in Dohnaische Strasse 76 and #16 on the map of my...

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  • Neo-styles and Art Nouveau in Pirna

    The visitors concentrate - with good reason - on the old town of Pirna and ignore the districts west and south of it, mostly due to lack of time or because they don't know these offer interesting architecture as well. Granted, these buildings that were erected in the late 19th and early 20th century are not of *that* outstanding quality as the...

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  • Just ask!

    We parked our car (for free after 1800 hrs) and walked into a shop to ask for the area with restaurants.We walked that way, made a wrong turn and asked again. A nice man was just closing off his mens wear shop and told us we'd have plenty of choice around the market place (Altstadt) and named Spanish and Greek restaurants.No, no, we told him. We...

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  • 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...

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Engelserkerhaus -
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Blechmidthaus
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Lange Strasse 10
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the bi-national boardingschool
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Tetzelhaus
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Löwenapotheke
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Stadtmuseum (City museum) and St. Heinrich church
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the tourist information in the Canalettohaus
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the museum inside the Canalettohaus
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Schloss and church Zuschendorf
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Steamboat
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Ferry
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Langenhennersdorf Parish church
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Graupa parish church
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Liebethal
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Schifftorvorstadt
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Fronfeste
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Canaletto house
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Stadthaus
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Public Library
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Marienkirche (St. Mary church) - interior
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Marienkirche (St. Mary church) - vaulted ceiling
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Marienkirche (St. Mary church)
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Beautiful portals
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Engelserkerhaus
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Teufelserkerhaus
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Blechschmidthaus
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Rathaus (Town Hall)
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Suburban Railway
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City gardens
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Liebstadt - church
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Liebstadt - castle Kuckuckstein
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Angel and Devil
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The Flood of 2002
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Shopping in Pirna
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Nazi Euthanasia on Sonnenstein, and the Grey Bus
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Sonnenstein Palace and Canaletto Trail Viewpoint
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The Old Town
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Tetzel House
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