Germany: Saxon Switzerland – On a Way to the Hague
I decided that I will travel by car for I enjoy driving and also feeling that I may stop wherever I want. I had about 900 kilometers ahead. The greater part of my journey took part in Germany. Every driver is fond of this country as it gives you unlimited speed on its highway so many try to push their cars to the limit.
Naturally I wanted to enjoy higher speeds than in the Czech Republic . On the other hand, I was not in hurry. I wanted to enjoy the ride and, despite it sounds little bit absurd, to enjoy the landscape as well.
One cannot see much from the inside of the car, but I took it as a taste of what Germany has to offer. It is known that our western neighbors put greater emphasis on nature conservation.
Right in the southeast Saxony, there is Saxon Switzerland National Park , Sächsische Schweiz, that is the neighbor of Czech National Park of Czech Switzerland. One of the landmarks of not natural but human origin is Basteibrücke or the Bastei Bridge . It was built in 1826 and originally was made of wood. It was reconstructed to a stone bridge in the 1840s and 50s.
You will like the bridge for its location. It is in the altitude of 200 meters from where you can see a large part of the valley of the Elbe. You can get even higher, to 305 meters, it is the peak of Bastei.
Surrounding forests are fest for your eyes, regardless the weather. But particularly now, in spring, it is necessary to make use of nice weather.
Saxon Switzerland however was not my stop this time. My navigation displayed that I have still more than 800 kilometers until I get to my final destination. I was passing by windmills. Their properellers were slowly turned by the wind and I could not wait to reach the land of tulips, windmills and clogs.
Text: Maxim Kucer
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