Bastei & Bastei Bridge (Saxony, Germany)


Bastei is the most famous rock formation in Saxon Switzerland, Germany. Bastei and the Bastei Bridge are the highlights of  the german Saxon Switzerland National Park area. You shouldn't miss to visit this attraction! It can be reached in less than 1 hour from the capital of Saxony: Dresden. From the Bastei rocks and the Bastei Bridge you have a wonderful panoramic view over the mountains. You will see the river Elbe, the Lilienstein mountain and Koenigstein fortress just to name a few. Bastei Bridge is a 76,5 m man made bridge which connects the rock formations. From Bastei Bridge you can enter Felsenburg Neurathen (small entrance fee).

Highlights of Saxon Switzerland, Germany

Bastei's panoramic view platform no longer accessible

Bastei gesperrt? NEIN, nur die Aussichtsplattform (Basteiaussicht) gesperrt

Due to some renovation work the panoramic view platform (see picture) is not accessible any longer. But the rest of the area is normally accessible.

Bastei opening hours and entry fees

Bastei & Bastei Bridge - the highlights of Saxon Switzerland are free of charge!! There are no opening or closing times. The area is not fenced. You can visit the famous Bastei rock formations at any time of the year. There is only a small fee for the entrance to Felsenburg Neurathen within the compound.


Bastei Hotel & Panorama Restaurant

From the Panorama Restaurant belonging to Berghotel Bastei visitors can enjoy scenic views on Saxon Switzerland from 194m above the river Elbe. At the restaurant you can enjoy typical local and international food. The 4-star Berghotel Bastei offers nicely decorated modern rooms and a relaxing SPA area.

Opening times Panorama Restaurant:
Easter - end of October: daily 10:00- 22:30
November - Easter: daily 10:00-17:00 (from 17:00 the hotel restaurant with chimney is available)

Hiking in the Bastei area

A visit to Bastei / Bastei Bridge is perfectly combinded with a day trip to Saxon Switzerland. There are many hiking routes around Bastei. Most recommended is the Bastei-Hike from Wehlen via Bastei to Kurort Rathen. On this hiking trail, also called "the golden triangle", you can explore many sights such as the ruins of Stadt Wehlen castle, of course Bastei Bridge and so called Schwedenlöcher. You love hiking? Check out our interactive tourplanner - you will find many hiking tour recommendations around Bastei and in other areas of Saxon Switzerland.



Bastei im Herbst (c) dmangatter -

Bastei Bridge - how to get there by car

The famous Bastei and the enclosed Berghotel Bastei are easily accessible via Lohmen by car or public transport. If you use a navigation system enter as adress "01847 Lohmen" or the GPS coordinates: degree of latitude 50.9665139 and  degree of longitude 14.0657333. There are 2 parking lots: one a little bit further away at the beginning of Basteistrasse (just behind the petrol station). From there you can walk (3.5 km) or take the bus shuttle. The other parking lot is very close to Bastei.  (sketch)


Parking fees:

Up to 3 hours: 3 €
More than 3 hours: 5,50 €
Bus parking: 11 €

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