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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.

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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.

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Hike: The Klause Castle

The Klause Kastel is a 19th-century sepulcher for John of Bohemia, a famous 14th-century knight who, according to legend, commanded an army while blind. The sepulcher is, however, built into a cliffside complex of ancient caves carved out in the 10th-15th centuries as monastic hideouts. This hike takes you along some of the most spectacular vistas of the Saar Valley to an exciting relic of medieval history.