Nationalparker Tyskland

A short visit to Saxon Switzerland Nationalpark

None of our friends or family had ever heard about Saxon Switzerland Nationalpark. when we told them, that we were headed there for our roadtrip with the dogs. To be honest I hadn’t either. As I sat planning our roadtrip, I saw a big green spot on google maps on the border of Germany and Czech Republic. It was perfect! A nationalpark right smack in the middle of where we were headed.

 

Saxon Switzerland Nationalpark

The german side of the nationalpark is called Saxon Switzerland, where as the Czech side is called Bohemian Switzerland. It’s actually one big nationalpark, but because it borders two contries, it has two names.
Saxon Switzerland offers 400 km hiking trails making it a dream for hikers. We only had a short stop for a few hours on the german side, before we headed for the Czech side to stay at a cabin. We were met by large forests and the Elbe river running side by side with the nationalpark. The area is very popular with climbers because of the soaring Elbe sandstones. From Denmark the drive took about 8 hours in total. We had a stop further up in Germany though.
Dresden is only about 60 km from the nationalpark making it a perfect place to explore and maybe stay, when visiting Saxon Switzerland. If you’re more into living in the woods, there’s plenty of options for living near the nationalpark as well.

Bastei Bridge

The well known Elbe sandstones are called Bastei. The Bastei Bridge links these Elbe sandstones making it possible for you to walk across. It is one of the most visited places in the nationalpark. It was here we made our stop, because I really wanted to see the bridge and the Elbe sandstones. It was an impressive sight! The Bastei Bridge is a human made bridge measuring 76 meters. From here you have a beautiful view of the moutains, sandsstones and The Elbe river.
We enjoyed the view from the bridge, but we actually thought the view from some of the other viewpoint were better, because you also had the view of the Bastei Bridge. A special and well known viewpoint is The Bastei Panoramic View. Unfortunately it was closed while we visited, but it looked cool.
The dogs enjoyed walking around sniffing all over the place. At some of the viewpoints we had to carry them, because they were not comfortable walking on iron grid. They got A LOT of attention from other tourists! Maybe Coton De Tulears aren’t that often spottet in this area. Becca enjoyed it though. She got a lot of cuddles and germans were speaking to her. She just tiltet her head making them love her even more. She knows how to please a crowd 😉

Bastei Panoramic View

Bastei Bridge

Elbe sandstones

Becca enjoys the view – Amigo is harder to impress

Me and my boy enjoying the view of The Elbe River

Off we go to Czech Republic

After a couple of hours hiking Saxon Switzerland, we drove to Hrensko in Bohemian Switzerland to stay at a cabin. We made the choice to stay on the Czech side, only because it was cheaper. If I were to come back to Saxon Switzerland sometime, I would love to hike The Malerweg. It’s a well known hiking trail in the area also suited for dogs.

I’m curious! Have you ever heard about either of these nationalparks?

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrine
    4. juli 2017 at 17:16

    Det ser da bare SÅ flot ud! Jeg har en lille drøm om at tage på roadtrip for at se noget af al den smukke natur, Tyskland har at byde på, så Nationalparken her har faktisk været på min bucketliste et par år ☺️ Og nu har jeg da bare endnu mere blod på tanden! Hvordan var det med antallet af mennesker ved broen? Jeg har læst, at det kan være ret voldsomt ?

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      webreakaway
      5. juli 2017 at 20:46

      Tak for de søde ord Katrine ?
      Vi var der en hverdag i uge 25 og der var det ikke så slemt. Selvfølgelig var der besøgende, men ikke et mylder af mennesker, som vi før har oplevet sådanne steder. Men kunne godt forestille mig, at der i weekenden er mange besøgende.
      Du skal da bare afsted ?

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        Katrine
        7. juli 2017 at 6:57

        Godt at høre, at det er muligt at besøge broen uden at drukne i mennesker! Det står stadig højt på min liste 😉

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    Alice Bøgh
    5. juli 2017 at 19:50

    Hej. Det lyder som et helt fantastisk sted, , havde aldrig hørt om der ? Men som jeg helt sikkert godt kunne finde på at tage min hund med til.. hvor fandt i overnatnings muligheder?
    Mvh. Alice

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      webreakaway
      5. juli 2017 at 20:50

      Vi boede på den Tjekkiske side af nationalparken, hvor vi havde lejet en hytte ? Stedet hed U Forta og vi fandt det på booking.com
      Der kommer et blogindlæg om den tjekkiske side og vores overnatning der. Det skal bare lige skrives ?
      Der er mange vandrestier med flot natur – din hund skal bare kunne klare terræn og ‘trapper’.

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    Alice Bøgh
    9. juli 2017 at 18:19

    Ja det er lidt det med trapperne jeg er bekymret for, dem jeg har set på billederne er sådanne nogle gitter trapper og efter som min hund er en dobermann, så kommer det nok til at knibe med at bære hende op og ned af trapperne ?? glæder mig til at læse mere om dette sted ??

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