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Soft tourism

In tune with nature We love our nature and would like to preserve it, together with our visitors. After all, this wonderful landscape is a treasure.

Sellnitz - Bildungsstätte des Nationalparks© Florian Trykowski

We love our nature and would like to preserve it, together with our visitors. After all, this wonderful landscape is a treasure.

Don’t we all strive for a life in harmony with nature? Some small mindful steps can help reach this goal.

During your holidays in Saxon Switzerland you can find out what kinds of actions make the difference. For example, when you walk to a destination or use public transport. Or when you explore the particularities of the “Kernzone” (core zone) and roam the rocky scenery with a certified National Park guide, or when you enjoy a local meal and feel your hosts’ attachment to their homeland.

Sometimes it is the little things like a refreshing sip of water from a cool well or an apple tree by the wayside that sweeten our lives.

A break for your car

Why not start your holidays reading, playing, chatting or just doing nothing while you travel here?

Mit der Bahn unterwegs© Paul Hill, fotolia.com

Your car, too, has earned its break during your holidays, hasn’t it? Saxon Switzerland is very well accessible by train or by long-distance bus. Travelling by train is particularly suitable for families. It provides freedom to move around with no traffic jams. Instead of fixating ahead on the road, you can let your eyes wander across the landscape through the windows and have a relaxed start of the holidays for everyone.

No matter if you travel alone or as a couple or come with kith and kin, if you bring your bicycle or send your luggage in advance: travelling by train or bus means arriving relaxed while doing a favour for the environment.

Mobility at your holiday destination

In Saxon Switzerland eco-friendly mobility is a top priority.

Vor dem Nationalparkbahnhof Bad Schandau© Florian Trykowski

The dreadful search for a parking space, missing change for the pay-and-display machine, planning each tour as a loop route – no need for all this! Using public transport reduces stress and is eco-friendly. And makes the locals happy, too. Of particularly convenience is the “Gästekarte Sächsische Schweiz mobil”, Saxon Switzerland’s mobility pass which is free for tourists staying in the communities of Pirna, Königstein, Sebnitz, Bad Schandau, Rathmannsdorf Gohrisch and Reinhardtsdorf –Schöna. The card allows them to use many means of public transport run by the Upper Elbe Transport Network (Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe, VVO) in the whole area of Saxon Switzerland, all free of charge. Our tip: Download the transport network’s app and get all connections and departure times displayed to plan your trip. 


Detailed information about mobility pass Saxon Switzerland

Download transport network app

Saxon Switzerland Sustainability Project

These companies consider soft tourism as their heartfelt concern

Our partners support a sustainable tourism development in Saxon Switzerland. They value a conscientious approach to the environment and the resources of the areas and work consciously and systematically improve their offers in this respect.

However, ecological awareness is not their only priority; they value a committed staff, loyal clients and business partners. Their main concern is to offer their guests a truly memorable holiday experience and to sustain Saxon Switzerland with their economic and social activities.

Sustainability project partners


Recharging your batteries

In Saxon Switzerland not only you can recharge your batteries, but pedelecs and electric cars are cared for, too.

Locations of charging stations

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