My First Trip to Saxonian Switzerland
I’ve been living in Dresden since 2011 and I have no idea why I haven’t been to Saxonian Switzerland earlier than 2015. I’ve heard a lot about how amazing that place is from my friends over the past years but have never been there until a few months ago.
Saxon Switzerland (German: Sächsische Schweiz) is a hilly climbing area and national park around the Elbe valley south-east of Dresden inSaxony, Germany. Together with the Bohemian Switzerland in theCzech Republic it forms the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Saxon Switzerland alone has some 1,000 climbing peaks, as well as several hollows. The area is popular with Dresden locals and international climbers. The administrative district for the area is Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge. The fortress of Königstein is a well-known landmark.
During my pre-college course in Leipzig we’ve received a certain amount of budget from the University of Leipzig in order to make a trip somewhere nearby. Some groups in our course have chosen to go to Potsdam and we were the only group which decided to go to Saxonian Switzerland and I must say, we made the best desicion! On the initial day we wanted to go there by train, unfortunately Deutsche Bahn was on strike, so most of the main train routes were not working, therefore we have postponed the trip and went there couple weeks later.
Then, we kept following the hiking route and found ourselves in the forest:
And shortly after that, we were looking at Kurort Rathen from above:
And we stayed in a pretty high altitude for a while:
One could definitely tell, that the nature there is untouched and that is beautiful:
Towards the end of our hiking we’ve seen this tiny little house right in the middle of the forest:
Although we’ve hiked for about 6 hours, we were not able to see everything. The place is quite big and there is a lot to see but for the first trip there, it was great. I would definitely recommend it! In fact, don’t visit this place only once but visit it few times in order to see everything there is to see, which is exactly what I’m going to do!
PS These are not the only photos I took. If you want to see other photos, you can check out my Facebook album.
PPS This article was originally posted on my personal blog but I have recently decided to shut down my personal blog and switch over to Medium. Thus, from now on I’ll be writing my articles over here.