© Alexander Ratzing, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz

Hiking with four paws on the Malerweg

Short facts

  • start: Liebethal-Pirna
  • destination: Stadt Wehlen
  • medium
  • 118,93 km
  • 1 day 13 hours 45 minutes
  • 3598 m
  • 543 m
  • 112 m

If you are confident enough to overcome one or the other bridge, ladder or grating with your dog, and if necessary even to carry him in rough terrain, you can explore the Malerweg together with him.For more difficult stages of the Malerweg, there are good and easy alternatives that provide enough exercise and paw-friendly experiences and have been tested for their dog suitability.

An inexhaustible wealth of bizarre rock formations, wooded, wildly romantic gorges and majestic table mountains with breathtaking views: The "Malerweg" in the Saxon Switzerland National Park offers all of this. From the very beginning, artists have been attracted to the picturesque rock formations. Follow in the footsteps of famous Romantic painters such as Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus and Ludwig Richter. Experience the fascinating rocky landscape of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains from its most picturesque sides on this traditional hiking trail. And enjoy the numerous sights such as the Canaletto town of Pirna or the house of the impressionist painter Robert Sterl in Wehlen-Naundorf and in addition the many inviting inns along the way. 

Route start: The hike can be started at any point. The start in Liebethaler Grund is recommended.

Route marking: Complete signposting and constant testing, marking by own logo.

Characteristics: The Malerweg leads through gorges and lonely forest sections, past sandstone formations and imposing views.Various sections of the trail have grandiose distant views to the left and right of the Elbe River with views of freestanding table mountains.

Level of difficulty: easy to difficult, surefootedness required

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  • Unknown (2%)
  • Street (5%)
  • Asphalt Coating (18%)
  • Crushed Rock (17%)
  • Hiking Trail (29%)
  • Path (29%)


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