Pirna - The gate to Saxon Switzerland

Elbsandsteingebirge: Marktplatz in Pirna
Die Elbe in Pirna
Elbsandsteingebirge: Schloss Sonnenstein
Elbsandsteingebirge: Schloss Graupa

The romantic town with its historical city centre represents the gate to Saxon Switzerland.


Pirna with the districts of Birkwitz, Bonnewitz, Copitz, Cotta, Cunnersdorf, Dohma, Goes, Graupa, Jessen, Liebethal, Mockethal, Neundorf, Obervogelgesang, Posta, Pratzschwitz, Rottwerndorf, Sonnenstein, Zatschke, Zehista and Zuschendorf.


The town of Pirna is set in the picturesque landscape of the Elbe Valley, between Dresden and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, and stands as the gate to Saxon Switzerland.


Pirna is known beyond the borders of Saxony, largely due to the paintings by Venetian artist Bernardo Bellotto, known as Canaletto. The historical old town continues to invite its visitors to enjoy an extensive wander. The medieval town centre features winding streets, leading visitors in between town houses, charming courtyards and numerous fountains, and taking you on a journey through the past. As the town has largely been spared from war damage and fires, its romantic silhouette has been preserved over the centuries.


The recently restored Sonnenstein Castle towers over the old town from a rocky plateau. Following a chequered 700-year history, it now houses the administrative district office. Themed terrace gardens invite guests to go on a journey of discovery and spend some time looking beyond the magical backdrop of the historic old town.


Then there is Zuschendorf Castle, which awaits visitors with magnificent botanical offerings. There is good reason why it is also known as Camellia Castle.


Active holidaymakers can let off some steam in Pirna's largest leisure pool: the Geibeltbad. The Elbe Cycle Route invites visitors to embark on extensive tours of the surroundings. The Saxon Wine Route and the Saxon Wine Hiking Trail are also easily accessible from Pirna.




TouristService Pirna

im Canalettohaus

Am Markt 7

01796 Pirna

Tel.: +49 3501 556446  

Fax: +49 3501 556449


E-Mail: touristservice@pirna.de

Internet: www.pirna.de