From Weißig to Pirna
For the last stage of the Malerweg trail, you follow the hiking trail signs from Weißig to the Rauenstein. The ridge walk (Gratweg) path takes you to Wehlen-Pötzscha. You follow the road and turn left to Naundorf, where you can find the most important art museum in Saxon Switzerland: the Robert Sterl Haus. In the centre of Naundorf, the Malerweg trail takes you past the former stone bridge to the Königsnase. Alternatively, you can take the Panoramaweg. From Obervogelgesang (S-Bahn station), you follow the Elberadweg (Elbe Cycle Path) in the direction of Pirna, and then turn right uphill to join the Canalettoweg, which then takes you into the historic centre of Pirna. The 8th stage of the Malerweg trail finishes at the Canaletto Haus on the market square.
Information and detours from the Malerweg
The interesting Rauenstein Kammweg ridge walk, home to lots of steps, offers a number of impressive viewpoints. Here you can enjoy a wonderful panomora, featuring views across the table mountains into the Elbe Valley beyond, spanning right to the Bastei on the other side of the valley.
The former residence of one of the most important German Impressionists is situated in close proximity to Wehlen train station. These days, the house is home to a museum, featuring 100 works, drafts and studies by Robert Sterl. The rooms provide an insight into life at the turn of the 20th century.
(Distance: approx. 300 m I 5 min)
With its largely preserved and beautifully restored historic Old Town, the town offers a range of attractions for art lovers. The late-Gothic Church of St Mary and the town museum, situated in a former Dominican monastery, are especially worth a visit.
Just before Pirna, the Malerweg meets the Canalettoweg trail. This round walk runs through the upper half of Pirna's Old Town and below the former Sonnenstein Fortress, between the tall, old trees. The Venetian Bernardo Belotto, better known as Canaletto, painted Pirna in 1752 for the Dresden court.
(Round walk 4 km / 1 hour / easy)