Prize-winning walking pleasure
Shortly after it was established, the Wandermagazin hiking magazine crowned the Malerweg trail the "Most beautiful hiking trail in Germany". Online it was also voted the "Most popular hiking trail in Germany".
"Germany's most beautiful hiking trail"
The Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg hiking trail was rebuilt in 2006 using historical documents, and was adapted to fulfil the quality requirements of today's hikers, including being fitted out with new signposts. Just one year later, it was crowned the "Most beautiful hiking trail in Germany" by the Wandermagazin. Another year later, it was voted the "Most popular hiking trail in Germany" online. Various travel reports on the Internet, in the media and by enthusiastic hikers also confirm that the Malerweg is one of the most picturesque hiking trails in Germany.
Quality criteria of the German Hiking Association as a benchmark
The great success of the Malerweg hiking trail is mainly based on the spectacular landscape of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, the diversity of which the trail opens up for discovery. However, using the German Hiking Association's quality criteria as a consistent basis for the reconstruction also played a key role in the trail receiving the coveted prize "Wanderbares Deutschland quality trail".When it came to designing the trail, the Saxon Switzerland Tourist Association utilised the leading German quality system for hiking trails as its benchmark. The result: a consistently signposted, diverse hiking trail full of views, that includes hardly any stretches along roads.
The hiker-friendly establishments listed on this website all hold the "Wanderfreundlich am Malerweg" certificate. They offer single night stays, packed lunches, luggage transfer and drying rooms, amongst other things. The certified restaurants along the hiking trail also serve hot and light meals between 11 am and 5 pm (at least). You can also refill water bottles etc. if required. In each accomodation you can get a postcard of the respective stage and a stamp for your hiking passport.