This combines the first two stages of the Malerweg, or the Painters' Way, through the forests of Saxon-Switzerland. The highlight is, without doubt, the fortress-like bridge of the Bastei and the dramatic views of the Elbe Valley below. The hike also includes some spectacular scenery up in the forests near Hohnstein.
Hike: Malerweg – The Romantic Age
This long hike covers many beautiful highlights of the interior Saxon-Switzerland park. You start climbing along the German Czech border to the rocky sandstone cliffs of the Carolafelsen and Kreuzturm. This hike gives a much better impression of what the Romantic painters would have experienced 100 years ago. Though intense, it will be mostly free of tourists, making it worth a try.
Hike: Malerweg – The Königstein Fortress
The Königstein fortress was one of the great bastions defending the Kingdom of Saxony against the Crown of Bohemia, and later the Austrian Empire. As Saxony had traditionally good relations with its southern neighbor, the fortress was never seriously besieged. Today it is a remarkable testament to the fortification technology of the 18th century. This hike takes you on a complete tour of the Fortress with some viewpoints outside the walls.