Saxon Switzerland is located 30 kilometres southeast of Dresden, the capital of Saxony. The closest airport is Dresden. Saxon Switzerland, via Dresden, is linked to a vast European rail network; "Deutsche Bahn" (German rail) offers a high speed, punctual service and convenient links between local towns.
Regional trains ("S-Bahn") connect Dresden and Saxon Switzerland at least every 30 minutes during day time. They stop in Pirna, Obervogelgesang, Stadt Wehlen, Kurort Rathen, Königstein and Bad Schandau.
The famous Bastei Bridge can by reached by car or public transport. If hiking is an option, there is a beautiful hiking trail from Stadt Wehlen via Bastei to Kurort Rathen or vice versa.
Timetable and tariff information from Regionalverkehr Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge GmbH: Service office at the bus station
Pirna | open from monday to saturday | Tel. 03501 792-160 |
Saxon Switzerland is well connected to local, national and international road and rail networks. "Deutsche Bahn" (German Railway) is a fast and efficient way of reaching the region and then getting about once there. Among services offered is "Bahn & Bike" ("Rail & Bike"), a great service for those travelling with bikes.
International trains on the route (Budapest) - Prague - Dresden - (Leipzig) - Berlin - (Hamburg) stop right at the stop "Nationalparkbahnhof Bad Schandau".
If you are travelling by car, take A4 motorway to Dresden, leave the motorway at junction "Kreuz Dresden-West" following the A17 to Prague. Continue down the A17 until the exit marked Pirna. Follow the B172 torwards Pirna which later on splits into the directions for Stolpen, Hohnstein, Neustadt, Stadt Wehlen, Kurort Rathen (B172 A) or Bad Schandau, Koenigstein, Pirna, Bad Gottleuba (B172).
Paddle steamers on the river Elbe
Experience exciting holidays on the water! It does not matter if you want to travel with many other people, floating along the river Elbe on one of the oldest steamboats in Germany, or alone with a canoe: You will enjoy your journey along our most famous waterway.
National and international coaches stop at Dresden (main station). From there you can switch to the regional trains (S1/S2) in order to get to Saxon Switzerland. Flixbus serves the route Berlin - Pirna - Hohnstein (Bastei Bridge) - Bad Schandau and vice versa during weekends.
If travelling by plane, Saxony is serviced by these airports: Dresden, Leipzig (Germany) and Prague (Czechia). Dresden and Leipzig airports boast Deutsche Bahn railway stations.
- Airport Dresden
- Airport Leipzig
- Airport Prague
Public Transport Network
In Saxon Switzerland there is a wide variety of travel options. There is an extensive public transport network by train, bus and boat. There is no shortage of places from which to hire bikes, while hiking trails will take you just about anywhere you wish to wander.
For further information about travel times and public transport please use the VVO-navigator.
If you have some time: take a romantic boat tour on the river Elbe on one of the world's oldest paddle-steamers. Old beautiful steam ships (there are modern diesel too, so take care when you buy tickets) serve a route between the historic city of Dresden and Saxon Switzerland. It is a very relaxing trip. You can also do a shorter trip between the 6 ports of call in Saxon Switzerland.
Going by tram into a National Park
An old-fashioned tram going all along the Kirnitzsch Valley is the only tram in the world to be allowed to enter a National Park. It is fair to say that its route is the most romantic of any tram in Germany. Since 1898 this tram has been taking tourists to and from Bad Schandau and the waterfall at Lichtenhain (8 km long). The Kirnitzsch valley tram runs on 40 per cent solar energy and stops seven times between Bad Schandau and Lichtenhain. All stops are linked to many of the walking trails that feature throughout Saxon Switzerland, while you will find a good selection of pubs and inns at almost all tram stops or nearby.