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The day was very hot and sticky, the walk to the Bastei from our hotel in Rathen was up a lot of steps, so we decided against it. After speaking to one of the receptionist back at the hotel we found out about a Taxi...More
We had trouble working out how to get there (no English signs/ hopeless maps) so here it is:
There are 2 access points.
1. WALK UP: Bastei is on the north side of the river. You can walk up from Rathen BUT you have to...More
The Bastei is a sandstone rock formation that towers over the Elbe River in the Saxon Swiss National Park. Rising to more than 600 feet above the river valley, the jagged rocks once served as the location of Neurathan Castle (first mentioned in 1755) now...More
The place has a lot of tourist because gorgeous views and multiple shapes pancakes of rich. There several steel bridges to allow getting through the formations. We took the option paid path through the rocks. It is worth the cost as you get a completely...More
We arrived 0730 and then we had the bridge to ourself. The bridge and surroundings are amazing! We left about 0830 and then the tourists arrived, crowdy. Be there early! And its free to go there and always open. To visit the fort, there is...More
We visited this beautiful area during a pre planned tour of Saxony.
Road signing is good from Bad Schandau.
Ample car parking facility close enough is discretely sheltered.
It attracts large numbers of visitors including coaches and those guided groups can cause some congestion on...More
Had always wanted to visit the Bastei. We were staying in Dresden for a few days and had arranged a 5 hour mini bus excursion through 'Get your Guide' which took in the Bastei and Konegstein Fortress. Although our driver only spoke German we had...More
Definitely would recommend! Beautiful views and the walk up isn't too long (signs said 40 minutes, but easily done in 20-30). If you want to avoid big crowds, would recommend going in late afternoon/evening, especially in the summer when it's light!
Response from retireeVancouver | Reviewed this property |
On our visit with a tour company, we had many elderly folk who did the slight upgrade walk from the parking lot to the hotel - about 8 minutes. The hotel does have a terrace from which to view the Elbe river and the valley... More
On our visit with a tour company, we had many elderly folk who did the slight upgrade walk from the parking lot to the hotel - about 8 minutes. The hotel does have a terrace from which to view the Elbe river and the valley below with small villages and farms, but only a small portion of those famous rock forms are visible from the terrace.
Take your relatives to the stairs and see if they can climb down them and, later, up them. I think there were about 25 . The stairs have railings and the rise between each step is comfortable. The bridge that connects the rock formations is flat, paved, and wide enough for at least 3 people. The bridge is quite long with excellent views.
Beyond the bridge, there is a small charge to see the remains of the old medieval fort which might be a challenge for people unstable on their feet as there are many up and down steps and narrow ramps.
I might be considered elderly, but without leg/balance problems so I was able to walk to the bridge and beyond to the other rock formations with the medieval remains with no difficulty. It was a great outing!
Response from Vanessa F | Reviewed this property |
There is a multi sign post that if you follow it, you will be on the right track. Essentially you head towards the "back" of town, away from the river on the main road and the entry point is off to the left across from some... More
There is a multi sign post that if you follow it, you will be on the right track. Essentially you head towards the "back" of town, away from the river on the main road and the entry point is off to the left across from some bathrooms.