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Germany’s Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland)

03/07/2011

Last week I took a little trip from Berlin to Dresden to visit two of my closest friends.  Together we made a day trip to the “Sächsische Schweiz” (Saxon Switzerland) area which sits a few miles southeast of Dresden on the Czech border.

The 1000+ stone towers remind me a lot of the towers in the Needles area of Canyonlands National park in Utah.  That is no surprise, as the stone columns in both areas are formed from the same type of sandstone and are the result of a similar erosion processes.

The main difference between the German and US versions is the über-green backdrop of the formations in Germany, while the US area is decidedly desert-like.

An easy day trip out of Dresden, the park is accessible by auto, bus, S-Bahn, river steamboat, and even by bicycle.

While the rock climbing (I am told) is world class, the park offers access to the many overlooks by auto and easy walking trails.

(Tip:  Clicking any photo will bring up a larger version.  Clicking that version will display maximum size.)

Over one-thousand towers jut skyward in the park.

View looking downstream toward Dresden

Local resident Uli Zahnert enjoys the view.

The Baste Bridge, built in 1851.

Note the small blue dot on top of left-most column. For a size perspective, that is a woman in a blue coat. Can you see the small bridge directly behind her?.

Locals Diana and Uli Zahnert overlook the small village of Rathen Kurort below. The Czech Republic lies slightly further upstream on Elbe River.

That’s it for today.  Next report will be on Königstein Fortress, a very few kilometers further upstream, just before entering the Czech Republic.

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