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.
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 😉
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?