Experiences on water
There is a small range of great water-based activities available in Saxon Switzerland. Several boat hire stations and tour operators can be found along the River Elbe. Spectacular panoramic views of the majestic rock formations can be enjoyed from the water.
Mastering the Elbe with your own strength is difficult but certainly worth the effort. From pulling yourself through the water with a paddle to simply letting the current guide you along: an Elbe tour through Saxon Switzerland is certainly an experience.
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.
Canoe and paddle tours
The specialist boat hire stations in the region provide watersports fans with everything that they need to conquer the Elbe with fun, intensive instruction and safety. Individuals and large groups will find the right kayaks, Canadian canoes or rubber rafts for hire. Popular routes include Schmilka – Königstein, Königstein – Pirna, Pirna – Dresden.
Guided day trips
Guided day trips in rubber dinghies, rafts or Canadian canoes offer lots of fun and space for comrades-in-arms. Impressive rock formations are a constant companion on the tour, as is the guide in the accompanying motorboat. There is even a stop for a barbecue to recharge your batteries.
The exhilaration of speed
Powerboat trips are less tiring but just as exciting. Up to 26 people can enjoy the exhilaration of speed on a stretch between Meißen and Decin, and experience the Elbe Sandstone Mountains at top speed.
Besides the Elbe, Saxon Switzerland is home to numerous rivers in which a different watersport can be practised: fishing. Be it in the Sebnitz, the Polenz or the Kirnitzsch – trout, greyling, brook trout, bullhead and fingerlings can be found almost everywhere. Besides a fishing licence, which must be held in advance, a permit is required and can be purchased from many places.