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Saxon Switzerland National Park: Tours & Tickets

Saxon Switzerland National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

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.

Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Full-Day Tour from Prague

3. Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Full-Day Tour from Prague

See the best of Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a full-day guided tour from Prague. 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 Prague.

Dresden: Saxon Switzerland and Pillnitz Park Half-Day Trip

4. Dresden: Saxon Switzerland and Pillnitz Park Half-Day Trip

Discover the rare beauty and unique biodiversity of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Sit back and relax on the comfortable bus whilst listening to interesting commentary about the national park from your experienced guide. Tour the Bastei rock formation together and then enjoy some free time for your own exploring.  Before the journey to Saxon Switzerland, visit the fairy-tale Pillnitz Palace complex, former summer residence of the Saxon kings. Go on an exciting guided tour of the palace grounds and fantastic photo opportunities await you in this extraordinary ensemble of architecture and garden art. Continue back on the bus and enjoy the beautiful view on the way to Saxon Switzerland and listen to your experienced tour guide who will tell you about the unique flora and fauna as well as the history of the national park. Once arrived at the Bastei, begin your 1-hour guided tour that will take you to the enchanting Bastei rock formation with breathtaking views across the romantic Elbe Valley. Discover extraordinary photo opportunities and admire the beautiful rocky landscape. Afterwards, you will have one hour for your own discovery tour. Meet again at the Bastei parking lot at 2:30 PM to return back to Dresden by 3:30 PM.

From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

5. From Prague: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip

Your local 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 towards 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 is the right choice 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 (12-hour 10-kilometer active hike). Fantasy Highlights Tour brings together the two main fantasy filming sites of the region. Visit the Saxon Switzerland and walk across the magnificent Bastei bridge and visit Neurathen Castle ruins. Cross to Bohemian Switzerland and adore the amazing views from 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 (10-hour 9-kilometer moderate hike).  Winter Tour is an ideal choice 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 a 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

6. 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).

Bohemia and Saxon Switzerland Day Trip From Dresden

7. 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: Saxon Switzerland National Park Full-Day Trip

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Saxon Switzerland: Hike and Picnic with Local Produce

10. 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 park. Hidden Rocks and Stunning Views This tour starts in the tiny village of Cunnersdorf with its picturesque old mills along the narrow creek. Follow small paths in dense forest and hike up 3 small sandstone peaks. Gohrisch Sandstone Rock This tour starts in the small town of Gohrisch. Which is the perfect spot to hike up the impressive, highly fissured, and weathered rock of Gohrisch. Discover small gorges and stunning plateaus with a 360° view of the sandstone rocks. Bad Schandau This tour starts at the river Elbe in Bad Schandau, exactly where the region's tourism industry picked up speed with the first steamliner 185-years ago. Hike up a higher plain and take in the views of Schrammstein rocks in the evening lights.

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Entrance to Saxon Switzerland National Park is free, and you do not need a ticket or pre-booking to visit.

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What people are saying about Saxon Switzerland National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 591 reviews

This is one of the best tours I’ve ever done. It is not for the faint of heart. It is physically challenging if you are not active. Totally worth every penny. The lunch was fantastic. Views are the best I’ve seen ever in my life and I’m from Alaska. Make sure to bring water and snacks. Lunch may be as late at 1400. It starts at 7 so that is a while to wait. Just eat a big breakfast and bring some snacks. Peter is a very friendly and safe driver.

Awesome trip and experience, worth every penny. Our guide Jan has been so nice and funny and we did not feel rushed at all, had plenty of time to enjoy every site, take photos and rest when needed. All 3 major attractions are included in the trip, boat trip was very interesting and the views throughout are amazing. If you are not 100% decided to book, just do it! Extremely happy

Very well organised tour ! Jan was such a friendly and funny guide ! One of the best tour I've ever done :) We visited beautiful places and the lunch was ok. The format (6 people) + the very convivial beer pauses and lunch made the trip even more enjoyable !

Jan was a fun and informative guide. The sites we visited were breathtaking! The hikes were moderately strenuous, but the day was well-paced with several breaks for drinks and lunch. Highly recommend this tour to see the natural beauty of the area.

This trip was amazing. Guide was great, his level of English was perfect and his know how and passion for the area was really felt. All transport was good, also. Thank you!