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Bad Schandau: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

1. Bad Schandau: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

Discover a unique landscape from this historic paddle steamer and enjoy the journey along the Elbe River from Bad Schandau to Pillnitz and back. You can admire the prettiest scenes of the Elbe valley in the Nation Park Saxon Switzerland.  Discover the picturesque Old Town with the Canaletto-House and the church St. Marien. Also pay a visit to Sonnenstein Castle for a fantastic view of Pirna. Take a closer look at the 250-meter high Fortress in Koenigstein and the impressive bastion rocks, Basteifelsen, in Kurort Rathen. Settle back and enjoy a delicious cake and specialty coffees while passing small picturesque villages. The National Park Saxon Switzerland, with its diverse flora and fauna, is a paradise for hikers and climbers.

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Bad Schandau: 1.5-Hour Saxon Switzerland Paddle Steamer Tour

2. Bad Schandau: 1.5-Hour Saxon Switzerland Paddle Steamer Tour

From April to the beginning of November, this 1.5-hour boat trip departs Bad Schandau every Friday and Saturday (May to October) and takes you on a journey along the rock formations of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Depending on the water level, you can admire the Schrammsteine (a long, strung-out, very jagged group of rocks in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains) and the legendary Sieben Brüder houses in Postelwitz. Alternatively, the paddle steamer travels to Königstein. From the boat, you can see the striking shape of the fortress and Lilienstein on the right-hand side.

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From Pirna: Saxon Switzerland Boat Full-Day Tour via Dresden

3. From Pirna: Saxon Switzerland Boat Full-Day Tour via Dresden

Discover the beauty of the National Park Saxon Switzerland and cruise along the Elbe on a half-day boat trip. Travel in a traditional paddle steamer, as you savor the most beautiful scenes of the Elbe Valley.  During the tour from Pirna to Bad Schandau and back you can admire the impressive bastion rocks in the Kurort Rathen. On this day trip, you will also see the gorgeous Pillnitz Castle and the historic city of Dresden. Also, see the natural theater of Felsenbühne Rathen, often described as the most beautiful natural theater in Europe, and the 250-meter tall Fortress in Königstein. This unique monument has a history that goes back more than 750 years.

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Bad Schandau: Scavenger Hunt through Saxon Switzerland

4. Bad Schandau: Scavenger Hunt through Saxon Switzerland

Discover the beautiful town of Bad Schandau in Saxon Switzerland on this exciting scavenger hunt. Ride the historic Kirnitzschtalbahn to the Lichtenhainer Wasserfall for a truly impressive experience. Begin your tour at the National Park train station in Bad Schandau, where you can take the ferry to the city center. After a tour of the village, take the historic passenger elevator up to the Osterrauer Scheibe. Then, travel through the park to the Kirnitzschtalbahn and, if you still have time, up to the Felsentor Kuhstall. Feel free to stop for breaks or refreshments at any time at any of the cafes or restaurants along the route. Your scavenger hunt is individually designed and time-divisible.

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What people are saying about Bad Schandau

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 5 reviews

The scavenger hunt in Bad Schnadau is easy to manage and very informative, in isolated places you also have the opportunity to come into contact with the residents of Bad Schandau. Here you can learn a lot more about the region, which is unfortunately very much at risk of flooding. Unfortunately, due to the current flood of the Kirnitzsch (or for other reasons), there was no (longer) a sign about the raftsman's path. Here the envelope with the green cross helped us and we were able to successfully complete the hunt. However, due to the many photo opportunities on the way, we needed significantly more than the specified 3-4 hours. But it was definitely worth it!

The booking worked wonderfully. However, initially I could not see the booking in the APP. After a short phone call, help was quickly provided. The boat trip is a normal trip with the Elbe Schifffahrt, from Pirna to Bad Schandau and back. The ship was very clean and had great service. Gladly again. Note: The ticket was not immediately recognized on site by the service center on the cell phone, so be sure to take the printed version with you.

It was a wonderful trip with fantastic weather. The ship is a historic paddle wheel steamer. The drive is a pleasure, even through the passing landscape, but there is also a nice menu. I can only recommend this tour ... especially if you want to escape the stress of everyday life.

Nice trip with the paddle steamer along the Elbe along the most beautiful landmarks and sights. Very good service on board! There were problems when exchanging the voucher for a boarding pass, since neither the electronic nor the paper voucher could be read.

It was a nice tour, everything was very relaxed and entertaining. Always a new panorama.