116 kilometres of hiking pleasure
The Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg trail is one of the most picturesque hiking trails in Germany. Where once painters, musicians and literary greats sought inspiration for their timeless works, 116 kilometres of diverse walking in eight daily stages now lead through the region's fascinating rocky landscape.
Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg: Nature, hiking and art
With its historic route, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg combines nature, hiking and art in an utterly unique way. The origins of the staged circular route date back to the 18th century, when the Elbe Sandstone Mountains became fashionable as a wild and romantic tourist destination. 2006 saw the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg be reconstructed based on historic guidebooks and fitted out with new signposts. Since 2012, display boards featuring historic landscape paintings that were created at the very sight at which they are now on display, have been giving visitors a feel for the importance of the region in terms of its art history.
The region's most picturesque spots and an excellent infrastructure
Today, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains Malerweg incorporates 116 kilometres of the most beautiful spots in the region. Unlike in the past, hikers embarking on the route today will find consistent signposting, well-constructed paths and a dense network of hiker-friendly picnic sites, eateries and accommodation. When it came to designing the "new" Malerweg, the Saxon Switzerland Tourist Association paid close attention to the criteria for quality hiking trails set by the German Hiking Association.
The king of all hiking trails
It is the overwhelming density of natural and historical attractions that makes the Malerweg the king of all hiking trails running through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Königstein Fortress, Pfaffenstein, Barbarine, Kuhstall, Affensteine, Schrammsteine, Kirnitzschtal, Hohnstein Castle, Rathen Open-Air Stage, Bastei and lots more: Practically everything that makes the region famous can be found either directly on or in close proximity to the route.