Bad Schandau
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  • Bad Schandau: 1.5-Hour Saxon Switzerland Paddle Steamer Tour

    1. 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.

  • Bad Schandau: Saxon Switzerland Boat Trip

    2. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Saxon Switzerland: Hike and Picnic with Local Produce

    5. Saxon Switzerland: Hike and Picnic with Local Produce

    Enjoy a guided hike through Saxon Switzerland National Park. The 8-10km hike is ideal for beginners and includes breaks along the way. Throughout your hike, you'll be accompanied by a bilingual German/English guide. You can choose from 4 different hiking routes depending on which parts of Saxon Switzerland National Park you'd like to explore. Along the way, you’ll stop for a 3-course picnic made up entirely of local products. Try fresh bread, cheese, seasonal fruits, and vegetables while taking in the views of the sandstone rocks that make up the national park. Your picnic is all sourced locally and helps to support at least 5 local small businesses. The 4 hiking routes available are: Tiny Rocks Above Bad Schandau This tour starts in the scenic village Schöna on a plain high above Bad Schandau. Hike up Kaiserkrone and Zirkelstein to enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire national p...

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What people are saying about Bad Schandau

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 5 reviews

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.

was a very nice trip through Saxon Switzerland. There were a couple of stopovers that seemed planned. Actually, it was said that you can tell if someone wants to get out somewhere on the way and is taken back again. But people were getting on everywhere. But okay, it wasn't crowded anyway. The only annoying thing was that it was once a crèche and then you didn't understand anything about the announcement. Overall it was nice.

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.

Very nice boat trip, friendly staff, lots of information about the area. It's a shame that the weather wasn't that good. Stupid that in Bad Schandau there was no access to the online tickets

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