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Hiking on the Malerweg Trail

Fascinating not only for Romantics

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg Trail (Painters’ Trail) in Saxon Switzerland is one of Germany’s most beautiful hiking routes. Where once painters found their inspiration for immortal works of art, hikers today can follow a 116 km long trail through Saxon Switzerland.

115,66 km

Painters Trail (all stages/official version)

Pirna

© Jacqueline Voigt, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz

The Malerweg Trail

Fascinating not only for Romantics

Hike past bizarre rock formations, wooded, wildly romantic gorges and enjoy breathtaking views.

 

1. Stage of the Malerweg

From Pirna-Liebethal to Stadt Wehlen

Family-friendly hike with good trail conditions, 135 metres altitude difference, several refreshment stops.

 

2. Stage of the Malerweg

From Stadt Wehlen to Hohnstein

A challenging hike through the Saxon Switzerland National Park, partly with steps and ladders, approx. 630 metres altitude difference, several refreshment stops.

 

3. Stage of the Malerweg

From Hohnstein to Altendorf

Hike of medium difficulty through the Saxon Switzerland National Park, 412 metres in altitude difference.

 

4. Stage of the Malerweg

From Altendorf to Neumannmühle

A challenging hike through the Saxon Switzerland National Park, partly steep ladders, 464 metres in altitude, refreshment stops in the Kirnitzschtal valley.

 

5. Stage of the Malerweg

From der Neumannmühle to Schmilka

Longest Malerweg stage, hike runs through the Saxon Switzerland National Park, 625 metres altitude difference, refreshment stops available.

 

6. Stage of the Malerweg

From Schmilka to Kurort Gohrisch

Moderately difficult hike; several places to stop for refreshments.

 

7. Stage of the Malerweg

From Kurort Gohrisch to Weißig

Moderately difficult hike with many attractions, several places to stop for refreshments.

 

8. Stage of the Malerweg

From Weißig to Pirna

Hike with a low level of difficulty, several refreshment stops.

 

Looking for more Hiking Inspiration?

You can find 200 + hiking and cycling tours through the Saxon Switzerland in our tour planner.
All tours are available for download as PDF and GPX track.

 

Notice

Please pay attention to temporary forest closures and suggested diversions.
Due to acute bark beetle infestation, the stability of dead spruces has considerably decreased. In the entire National Park area, there is a very high risk due to dead trees and collapsing deadwood on many paths. Especially in the rear part of the National Park, there are paths which are currently impassable.

 

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