Saxon Switzerland National Park

Saxon Switzerland National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Prague: Dresden Xmas Market & Saxon Switzerland Tour

1. From Prague: Dresden Xmas Market & Saxon Switzerland Tour

There’s no better activity during the festive season than exploring a traditional German Christmas market in Dresden.  After being picked up from your accommodation in Prague in a group of no more than 8 people, drive for 2 hours to reach your festive destination. Explore the Dresden Christmas Market, the oldest yuletide market in Germany known locally as “Striezelmarkt”. Sip on warming German mulled wine as you go.  Allow your local English-speaking guide to lead you on a walking tour through the city, passing all the highlights before stopping to dine on a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.  Along your journey, stop off at the stunning Saxon Switzerland National Park and take in breathtaking views over the Elbe canyon from The Bastei. Take an easy walk across the famous sandstone bridge in the national park and admire the ruins of the old rock castle from the 12th century. Get dropped off back at your hotel at around 6 PM for some well-earned rest.

From Prague: Bastei and Dresden Small-Group Day Trip

2. From Prague: Bastei and Dresden Small-Group Day Trip

Combine history, culture, and nature on this day trip from Prague. Travel in a comfortable minivan with wifi, accompanied by an expert guide. Explore the Bastei Bridge, the most popular part of Saxon Switzerland, located just a 2-hour drive from Prague. Enjoy panoramic views of the Elbe Canyon and River and walk across the famous sandstone bridge that connects Bastei and the ruins of an old Neurathen rock castle. Continue through Saxon land to the city of Dresden, notable for its stunningly rebuilt architecture and modern cultural history. After a delicious lunch in a local restaurant, discover this city's rich architecture and see for yourself what makes it a popular royal retreat. Visit some of its historical monuments such as the Royal Palace and the Zwinger Old Master Gallery. Here, see masterworks including the ‘Sistine Madonna’ by Raphael and admire the domed Frauenkirche (Church of the Virgin Mary).  In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the rest of the city at your own pace.

From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

3. From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

Choose from a hiking tour, a fantasy highlights tour and a winter tour, and discover Prague in a unique way. Visit National Parks, ancient castles, or snow-covered landscapes. Learn about your surroundings from your local expert guide. Your guide will pick you up from your Prague accommodation early in the morning. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle while learning about Czech culture, history, and the main highlights on your way to the national park. Taste snacks and enjoy beverages throughout the entire day.  Enjoy an abundance of time to admire the filming sites of the 'Chronicles of Narnia' movie in a group of a maximum of 10 persons. Spend an unforgettable day in the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park, one of the unique natural reserves in Europe, by choosing one of the following Tour options:  Hiking Tour Choose this tour if you want to see the main highlights of both National Parks. Visit two countries in one day. The first destination is the magnificent Bastei Bridge. Feast on the breathtaking views of the Elbe river canyon, surrounded by unique sandstone rock formations. Then enjoy the rolling landscape full of tiny German villages and famous table mountains. The following hike brings you near the main symbol of Bohemian Switzerland — the Pravcicka Gate — the largest sandstone arch in Europe. After tasting the rich local cuisine (lunch included), sail on gondola-style boats through the soothing Kamenice river gorge (a 12-hour, 10-kilometer active hike). Fantasy Highlights Tour This tour brings together the two main fantasy filming sites of the region. Visit Saxon Switzerland and walk across the magnificent Bastei bridge and visit Neurathen Castle ruins. Cross to Bohemian Switzerland and adore the amazing views from the Sneznik lookout tower. Enjoy a tasty lunch (included) in a local restaurant and continue to experience Narnia while hiking through the sandstone labyrinth of Tyssa Walls (a 10-hour, 9-kilometer moderate hike).  Winter Tour Go on this tour for an active winter visit to the region. Marvel at the beauty of snow-covered sandstone towers. Stroll across the Bastei Bridge to reach the medieval ruins of Neurathen Castle. Enjoy the Pravcicka Gate during the season pictured in Narnia. Hot beverages and lunch in a local restaurant (included) will help you regain all your energy (10-hour, 7-kilometer moderate hike).

From Dresden: Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

4. From Dresden: Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

Your local guide will pick you up at your Dresden accommodation early in the morning. From here you will set off to the National Park as you enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle whilst learning about local culture, history and the area's main highlights on the way. You will arrive at the Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland just in time to beat the crowds, giving you a more private experience of the place. All the admission and bathroom fees are included and throughout the day you will have the chance to taste delicious beverages and snacks.  On your tour you have will plenty of time to admire the film set of the Chronicles of Narnia movie with your group. Spend an unforgettable day in the Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland National Park - one of the most unique natural reserves of Europe – by choosing one of the following tour options: Best of - Hiking Tour: If you want to see the main highlights of both National Parks this is the right tour for you. Visit two countries in one day! The first destination is the magnificent Bastei Bridge. Feast on the breathtaking views of the Elbe river canyon, surrounded by unique sandstone rock formations. Then enjoy the rolling landscape full of tiny German villages and famous table mountains. The following hike brings you near the main symbol of Bohemian Switzerland - the Pravcicka Gate - the largest sandstone arch in Europe. After tasting the rich local cuisine (lunch included), sail on a gondola-style boat through the soothing Kamenice river gorge (12-hour 10 kilometer active hike). Best of - Winter Edition:  This tour is an ideal choice for someone wanting an active, Winter visit of the region. Marvel at the beauty of snow-covered sandstone towers and stroll across the Bastei Bridge to reach the medieval ruins of Neurathen Castle. Enjoy the Pravcicka Gate during the season pictured in Narnia. Warm up with some delicious hot beverages and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (10-hour 9-kilometer moderate hike). Fantasy Highlights Tour:  Enjoy a tour that brings together the two main fantasy filming sites of the region. First stop will be the amazing Bastei bridge. The breathtaking views of the Elbe River Canyon and the surrounding sandstone formations will be engraved into your memory forever. Next stop, Sneznik lookout tower on the Czech side of the national park. The views will be spectacular. After a delicious lunch in mountain climbers favorite tavern, move into the Tyssa Walls and experience the magic of Narnia Labyrinth (11-hour 9 kilometers moderate hike).

From Dresden: Saxon Switzerland National Park Full-Day Trip

5. From Dresden: Saxon Switzerland National Park Full-Day Trip

Explore the bizarre rocky landscape of the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a panoramic double-decker bus tour from Dresden. Marvel at the Bastei lookout rock, the world-famous Bastei Bridge, and the breathtaking circular route of the Königstein Fortress. Gather at the meeting point in Dresden then set off toward the picturesque Saxon Switzerland National Park. Swiss painters discovered the sandstone cliffs as a landscape backdrop more than 200 years ago, and the park's well-known natural highlights such as Schrammsteine, Rathen, and the Kirnitzschtal have inspired numerous artists, including Caspar David Friedrich and Richard Wagner. On this tour, go directly into and through the national park with your German-speaking guide. Soak up stunning panoramic views throughout, especially from the Bastei lookout rock (entry included). Explore the Königstein Fortress, one of the largest fortifications in Europe (entry not included). To conclude your tour, you can either return to Dresden by simply staying on the bus, or you can take an optional boat ride back to the city on the oldest and largest side-wheel steamer fleet in the world. The boat ride is not included and can only be purchased onsite.

Bad Schandau: 1.5-Hour Saxon Switzerland Paddle Steamer Tour

6. 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.

From Prague: Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Full-Day Tour

7. From Prague: Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Full-Day Tour

Explore Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a full day from Prague. See the Bastei Bridge, Pravcika Gate, Kamenice Gorge, and more with a guide. After being picked up from Prague head to the heart of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park, the youngest national park in the Czech Republic. Stop at Bastei Bridge, perched high above the River Elbe. Enjoy stunning views as you walk across the bridge. Then, continue to Pravcika Gate on the Czech Republic side of the park. Admire Europe’s largest natural sandstone gate. Pause for lunch (included), before transferring to Kamenice Gorge. Here, you will board a small dinghy for a scenic journey through a canyon carved deep in the sandstone cliffs. Arrive at the colorful village of Hrensko at the confluence of the Kamenice and Labe rivers. Stroll around the former 15th-century trading post, before your return transfer to Prague.

Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

8. Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

See the best of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a full-day guided tour from Dresden. Transfer to the heart of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park, the youngest national park in the Czech Republic. Stop at Bastei Bridge, perched high above the River Elbe. Enjoy stunning views as you walk across the bridge. Then, continue to Pravcika Gate on the Czech Republic side of the park. Admire Europe’s largest natural sandstone gate. Pause for lunch (included), before transferring to Kamenice Gorge. Here, you will board a small dinghy for a scenic journey through a canyon carved deep in the sandstone cliffs. Arrive at the colorful village of Hrensko at the confluence of the Kamenice and Labe rivers. Stroll around the former 15th-century trading post, before your return transfer to Dresden.

From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

9. From Dresden: Paddle Steamer Cruise to Königstein Fortress

Witness the versatility of „Dresden Elbe” and the Saxon Switzerland with a cruise between Dresden and Königstein. From bizarrely shaped rock formations via opulent wine-growing districts and fascinating baroque palaces through to the unique skyline of Dresden. Only the city center of Dresden, with the Frauenkirche, Semperoper, and the Brühl´s Terrace, presents priceless views. Above that, you can discover the three beautiful Elbe castles and the Pillnitz Palace and Park along the riverbanks of the Elbe while driving.  In Saxon Switzerland await the cities Pirna, Stadt Wehlen and Kurort Rathen and also Königstein to be spotted. Here you can admire the world-famous “Festung Königstein”, which is 250 meters high and looks back at a history of more than 700 years. This tour offers different options for traveling, like a round trip or single trips with start in Dresden or Königstein. Please check the several journey times.

Bad Schandau: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

10. 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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What people are saying about Saxon Switzerland National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,067 reviews

Love it. Love it. Love it or should I say loved it. The trip is carefully planned, giving an individual enough time to soak in, rest , enjoy every moment. This trip is a Must experience. We had wonderful Paul who picked us up in the morning, and we truly for the first time felt like and also indeed called him as family by the end . A connection like this is rare and hope reapers can read and understand how they make you feel. Joseph was a well read guide, sharing all necessary details and beyond. He had an answer to all our inquisitive questions. Bastei Bridge. The walk in the Czech side, marveling at the stone formations and the Lunch. Oh My everything gets a 5***** . And it is isn’t easy to get a 5 from a blogger like me . Paul even went ahead n surprised us with something as we were marking our wedding anniversary. Loved it. Do not thing twice and book with them. They are the BEST

Really great day! Lots of information provided by the guide who was was very good! Be aware that there are lots of steps at Bastei but worth it for the spectacular views. Dresden market was by far the best we have been to, most of the shops have animated toppers, lots of food, drink and gifts to be had. Lunch was also really tasty at quite a lovely looking place nestled away near the river in Germany (although they served Czech traditional food).

This tour was the best part of our Central Europe trip! From our pick up to drop off we had an very pleasant experience. Our tour guide Joseph and Paul kept updating us with information and history. At the end of the hike we had a very nice traditional meal in a cute location and caught the sunset. We also got an additional champagne treat when I told them it was my husband’s birthday on the day. Highly recommend this tour team!

It has been the most beautiful exploration of European landscape we didn't know was possible. The national park is worth a visit in any time of the year. The guide on the trip was very accommodating and knowledgeable. We got a good bundle of local history and sights.

Joseph was an excellent guide and not only did we learn about the park but driving thru Prague he shared valuable information. It was a great group and I’d def recommend this package to others. Such a fun day!!