Sunday, December 31, 2017

bastei = top 1 destination in saxon switzerland

bastei is the no. 1 sightseeing destination in saxon switzerland. at least according google and its no. 1 search hit from trip advisor. our hosts also said bastei was the most important thing to see. even the parking place was really full on that rainy and untypical day for hiking: silvester 2017.

if you asked me or the best of all wives, we liked our first trip to falkenstein and schrammsteine rocks much better. not only because there were much fewer folks underway, we liked over stay and the view from the top of the schrammstein-plateau soooo much.

anyway, enjoy few pictures from bastei with the bastei bridge and the remaining of the medieval castle neurathen.
baste bridge (bastei-brücke)
elbe river in saxony (sachsen)
 castle neurathen (felsenburg neurathen)
beautiful sandstone rocks ...
good-bye, beautiful bastei bridge
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fortress königstein ~ saxony

what  to do on a rainy day in saxon switzerland? let's visit fortress königstein (koenigstein, konigstein) (saxony). it is one of the biggest i have ever seen. there is even a forest inside the castle walls => enjoy :-)
burg königstein ~ sächsische schweiz
 saxon finance clerk + soldier
... when silver was money, not paper or bitcoin :-)
lilienstein rock and the elbe river
good-bye, königstein :-)
more pictures here

Saturday, December 30, 2017

castle pillnitz + dresden + pirna

the castle pillnitz at the elbe river and the south-eastern part of the city of dresden was the agenda for this day with my dresden native colleague at our trip to saxony (sachsen)
the highlights? palace pillnitz, dresden-loschwitz (schillerplatz, körnerplatz), the bridge das blaue wunder which did not explode in WWII, TV tower, ...
castle pillnitz
das blaue wunder
dresden - loschwitz
 pirna, a city in the middle between dresden and bad schandau

enjoy more pictures here

if you want to, just jump back few weeks, we have been to dresden in early november too and joined the night life and visited the old city center.

Friday, December 29, 2017

bad schandau - the gate to saxon switzerland

our next stop at our new year's trip to saxony was the spa city of bad schandau at elbe river (labe in czech language) in the saxon switzerland
we made our first experience with airbnb and yes, we will probably use this accommodation option more often as it is nice to have such a direct contact to locals who can tell a lot about the area and sightseeing highlights. of course, the 2nd part can google even better :-) 

 ostrau is well located for the easy hiking tours to falkenstein rock (left) and the schrammsteine area (left)
saxon switzerland
on the top :-)
the 100+ years old historic elevator is a landmark of bad schandau (since 1905) 
view at bad schandau and river elbe from the elevator
happy 2018++
good-bye ostrau, falkenstein & schrammstein
more pictures here.