Germany: One-Day Trip through Saxon Switzerland
A beautiful octagonal tower of Johanniskirche, a church built in 1679, sits right on Marktplatz square in the city center. Schurz candy shop is located right below the tower. The store is famous for its apple strudel. There is Sendigbrunnen fountain right in the center of the square. It is a romantic piece of architecture carrying the name of Rudolf Sendig (1848–1928), a famous spa and public life promoter in Bad Schandau. Haus des Gastes makes an end of the square. Now it houses a visitor center. They advice you here on what you need regarding tourism in the area and you can choose from wide variety of souvenirs.
If we go in the direction to Johanniskirche we go further straight on. This way we reach the main attraction of Bad Schandau. Toscana Therme water world. There are thermal spa including many attractions both for children and adults. Unfortunately, there is only one outdoor pool. Therefore, the best is to visit this water world in poor weather. On the day we were there, however, the weather was amazing. We leave Toscana Therme compound, cross a car park and a park and reach quite interessting landmark – an electric lift linking Bad Schandau and Ostrau. It is a 50 meter long metal construction. In 1954 it was declared a landmark of cultural significance. We pay shy of 2 euros to ride up on beautiful scenic point over Bad Schandau town as well as Saxon Switzerland. Behind the scenic point, there is a lynx paddock. To go back down we can either use the lift again or walk.
Yet we leave Bad Schandau for Porschdorf, Neuporschdorf, Waltersdorf and the town of Rathen. This is about 10 kilometers further in the direction to Dresden. We pass by several beautiful rock formations and reach next point of our interest – to Bastei platform. The platform is known for the great Basteibrücke bridge constructed in 1851. It replaced a wooden bridge that was there before. Also, there is situated the ruin of Neurathen, a castle built on a rock. The vista from the bridge and the platform is amazing. What you see are beautiful rocky formation of Saxon Switzerland and the Elbe River. To enter the Basteibrücke is free of charge. Only a tour of Neurathen castle is charged. There is a great view of the entire bridge. Yet should you decided to not to go onto the bridge, there are plenty of amazing vistas anyway.
As it is getting close to 3 o'clock in the afternoon, we return back to Bad Schandau. Here, we begin the last part of our trip to Häntzschelstiege ferrata. The ferrata is situated in Weckersdorf valley in Saxon Switzerland park. The ferrata is open to access and is of the lightest difficulty (A). If you travel with children, then get on the electric narrow-gauge railway Kirnitzschtalbahn in Bad Schandau and ride in the direction to Weckersdorf valley. You can buy tickets right on the train.
Text and photos: Veronika Schubertová
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