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The Malerweg hiking trail in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Multi-day hiking tour in one of the most beautiful landscapes of Europe

Bastei? Check. Königstein Fortress?  Check. Schrammsteine? Check. Pfaffenstein? Check. Once you have completed the entire Malerweg Trail, you can tick off these and countless other highlights of Saxon Switzerland. No other route through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains offers such a wide range of sights; this is what makes it so unique. The hiking trail near Dresden stretches over 116 kilometers from its starting point in the village of Liebethal through the wild rock formations of Saxon Switzerland National Park to the Bohemian border. Returning on the left side of the Elbe River, it meanders through the realm of the table mountains to its final point in the heart of the small town of Pirna. Narrow gorges and endless expanses, enchanted valleys and sunny heights, dreamy villages and lively tourist towns: all this is what the trail offers to those who venture on it.

Facts

116 Km

Distance. The total length of the Malerweg Trail in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains is approximately 116 km. This figure is estimated as deviations are possible because of different measuring techniques.

Walking time. The time to complete the full tour depends on the individual hiker’s fitness level and should not be underestimated. The time suggested is an average value based on experience.

3600 alt

Total ascent. The Malerweg trail consists of continuously changing up and down sections including many steps and ladders in typical rocky terrain.

Good to know

Papststein Sächsische Schweiz© Jens Wegener / DZT

How challenging is a hiking tour section on the Malerweg Trail? What kind of equipment is recommendable? What is the best season for hiking on the Malerweg Trail?

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Pure Romance

Sonnenaufgang Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz© Sebastian Rose

Sometimes a hike can be deeply moving when the scenery inexplicably and incomprehensively touches us. In such a moment a hiking tour turns into an experience with a long-lasting effect.

The Malerweg hiking trail is a likely prospect for such an experience. On this trail you walk in the footsteps of artists we today count among the inventors of Romanticism. They returned again and again as they had discovered something here that was and is nowhere else to be found in Europe.

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Malerweg Trail package offers

Buchungsservice Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz© Marko Förster

Are you planning a tour on the Malerweg Trail as a couple or with some good friends as a smaller or bigger group? Your Malerweg Trail experience, including hotel reservations and luggage transport from stage to stage, will be optimally prepared. The booking service team of the tourist information office is happy to help you in finding out the best option for you.

Phone:       +49 3501 470147

E-Mail:        info@saechsische-schweiz.de

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Self-planned Malerweg Trail hiking

Biohotel Helvetia Schmilka© Biohotel Helvetia Schmilka

All hosts appearing on this website are certified as “Hiker-Friendly on the Malerweg Trail” (“Wanderfreundlich am Malerweg”). They know how to make Malerweg Trail hikers happy and offer among other things single-night stays, packed lunches for a healthy picnic in the countryside, support in luggage transfer or drying facilities for wet clothing. Hiker-friendly restaurants provide warm and light meals as well as drinks to take away. All hosts appearing on this website are certified as “Hiker-Friendly on the Malerweg Trail” (“Wanderfreundlich am Malerweg”). They know how to make Malerweg Trail hikers happy and offer among other things single-night stays, packed lunches for a healthy picnic in the countryside, support in luggage transfer or drying facilities for wet clothing. Hiker-friendly restaurants provide warm and light meals as well as drinks to take away.

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Our service for you

Gratis Wanderführer Sächsische Schweiz mit Malerweg © Yvonne Brückner

We are happy to send you our >> Hiking in Saxon Switzerland brochure free of charge directly to your letter box at home, or you can do it the environmental-friendly way by saving it on your electronic device. The hiking brochure is an ideal basis for organizing your tour on the Malerweg Trail in Saxon Switzerland. Clearly laid out maps for each stage provide route descriptions and contacts for hiker-friendly resorts and restaurants. A special extra reward is the Malerweg hiking pass: get it stamped at each stage and you have a certificate to take home in the end of your tour!

Hiking guides, hiking maps, illustrated books, magazines, souvenirs. We provide a small but exclusive selection of useful and beautiful items for Malerweg Trail hikers in our shop. Just have a browse!

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