The bastei bridge in Saxon Switzerland is probably the most famous view of the whole of the National Park Region. Of course you know her. But have you ever seen her like this before?

Sometimes mysteriously wrapped in fog, sometimes dreamy in the sunrise, sometimes picturesque in the rain, sometimes frosty in winter: The bastei bridge with the mighty sandstone bridge is probably the most grateful and most photographed motif in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains – and one of the most popular sights in the region. Surely already 100 million pictures of the stone beauty have been created. Year after year several millions are added. With bus connections, parking, restaurant and hotel, it is simply THE tourist hotspot of the region.

Does that in any way diminish the fascination that comes from of the spectacular formation? No. The Bastei is and will remain one of the most exciting, easily accessible panoramic destinations in the region. I’d like to see her to see you again and in a completely different way? Then for a change, don’t line up. into the tourist stream on a Saturday morning in the summer, but chooses the unusual times, new perspectives and discover hidden sides.

Here are our ultimate tips around the Bastei Saxon Switzerland:

Tip 1: Comes in Winter at the Bastei!

In the summer Babylonian confusion of languages – in the winter paradisiacal Silence. During the cold season, only a few holidaymakers are attracted to the Bastei. Chances are you’ll find the most beautiful Prospects for you two alone. There you can see not only the panorama, but also the infectious Enjoy the peace of the hibernating National Park.

It gets really romantic in the winter months at the Beer garden at the Bastei. He’s turning into a chilly winter lounge. Wrapped in blankets you can enjoy your hot punch at the fire bowl.

Bastei Sächsische Schweiz im Winter (c) Daniela BeyerSunrise at Bastei in Winter.

Tip 2: Hike anticyclical!

Loneliness is not only a question of the year, but also of the even at daytime. Even the most popular hiking days in high season and end at the Bastei meditatively.

Once you have seen the Bastei from the pavilion or the Ferdinan view at sunrise, you will never forget the view. Of course you have to get up very early in the summer.

It’s easier to catch the evening mood. And who in the twilight from the Bastei through the “Schwedenlöcher” and then at the Amselsee runs along, through an enchanted fairytale realm.

Sonnenaufgang Bastei Sächsische Schweiz (c) Stefan Schäfer

Tip 3: Sauna with View!

There should not be many saunas in the world that offer a view into the core zone of a national park while sweating. One of them is located in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. In the panorama sauna at of the Bastei you can look through a large window directly at the tops of the trees and the striking rocks of the wildly romantic Wehlgrund.(Panoramasauna im Berghotel Bastei (c) Berghotel Bastei GmbH, Jürgen Jeibmann

Tip 4: Discover New Perspective!

The Felsenburg Neurathen, the former location of a Raubritterburg, is one of the lesser known vantage points at the Bastei in Saxon Switzerland. She offers some very charming Motifs and photo locations.

Exciting perspectives can also be seen from the river. Impenetrabably steep, almost threatening, from here you can see the Rock face of the Bastei that rises behind the spa town of Rathen. A special It is a nostalgic experience to pass the formation by steamboat. Since the 19th century, the historical vehicles have been travelling from Dresden in the Saxon Switzerland – and until today in the season regularly between Pirna and Bad Schandau.

Bastei vom Elbufer (c) Achim Meurer

Fotogen, by the way, is not only the Bastei itself. Also the small beauties along the way during the ascent and descent offer worthwhile motifs: intensively bright, rich green moss in the swedish holes on the way to the Bastion or the play of light and shadow between rocks and narrow passages.

Moos in den Schwedenlöchern (c) Achim Meurer

Tip 5: Open Tracking!

It is thanks to the painters of romanticism that the Saxon Switzerland and with it the Bastei became world famous. From the discovery of the region as muse and destination is told by a small exhibition worth seeing in the Schweizerhaus in the historical part of the mountain hotel. Here you get among other things works of Ludwig Richter and Johann Alexander Thiele and finds out what it takes to with the first bark huts on the Bastei in the SaxonSwitzerland on itself had.

Schweizerhaus auf der Bastei (c) Berghotel Bastei GmbH, Dana Göbel

Bastei Alternatives

The Little Bastei

The famous Bastei still has a namesake. Only a few kilometres up the Elbe the “Kleine Bastei” near Schmilka surprises with a wide panoramic view. The sunset here is especially beautiful.

Belvedér in Bohemian Switzerland!

Less famous but just as beautiful is the view of Belvedér in Bohemian Switzerland from Labská Stráň (Elbleiten), only 30 kilometres from the Bastei in Saxon Switzerland. 130 metres above the Elbe, a panoramic terrace rises above the valley.

Text: Angela Zimmerling, Sebastian Thiel

Cover photo © Philipp Zieger
Sunrise at Bastei in Winter. © Daniela Beyer
Bastei brigde © Stefan Schäfer
sauna © Berghotel Bastei GmbH, Jürgen Jeibmann
Bastei from below © Achim Meurer
stairs © Achim Meurer
Berghotel Bastei © Berghotel Bastei GmbH, Dana Göbel

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