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The Malerweg Trail

The Malerweg Trail

Malerweg Trail Self Guided Walking Holidays

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains (also called Saxon Switzerland) are one of the most beautiful regions in Germany, located just a few miles from Dresden. They were named by two Swiss painters who were impressed by the similarity of the area to the landscapes of their own country. You will see bizarre rock formations, walk through ancient woods and picturesque valleys alongside the winding Elbe River. In the Romantic Era, many painters from Switzerland and England discovered this region with its beautiful wilderness.

The two Swiss painters Adrian Zingg and Anton Graff, both of them teachers at the Dresden Academy of Arts, were among the first to discover the unique beauty of the stones, valleys and gorges in 1766. Together with their students, they spent a lot of time in this area. Soon many other artists followed their steps. The most famous painter from this group of nature-loving artists was the German Caspar David Friedrich (1774 – 1840) with his masterpieces ‘View of the Elbe Valley’, ‘Rocky Gorge’ and ‘Wanderer above the Sea of Fog’.

In 2006 the 115-kilometre long Painter’s Path (‘Malerweg’) was inaugurated, leading you in the footsteps of these romantic painters.

Best of Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland
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Best of Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland

Country
Czech Republic, Germany
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April – October

Explore on foot the best parts of Saxon Switzerland in Germany and Bohemian Switzerland in Czechia. Part of the route follows the Malerweg (Painters Trail). You will reach famous sights such as the Bastei viewpoint and bridge near Rathen, the Königstein Fortress and Pravčická Brána, the biggest natural rock arch in Europe.

Saxon Switzerland: Malerweg Trail Classic
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Saxon Switzerland: Malerweg Trail Classic

Country
Germany
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
10 days & 9 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April – October

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are one of the most beautiful regions in Germany, located just a few miles from Dresden. This itinerary follows the classic route, covering the complete Malerweg Trail in 10 days, giving you plenty of time to take in all the natural and cultural highlights of the Painters Path.

Trekking the Malerweg Trail 30
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Trekking the Malerweg Trail in 8 Days

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Country
Germany
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April – October

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are one of the most beautiful regions in Germany, located just a few miles from Dresden. In 2006, the 115-kilometre long Painter’s Path (Malerweg) was inaugurated. This is a moderate to strenuous trek, appropriate for experienced hikers, which takes in the entire Malerweg Trail in just 8 days.

Malerweg Trail North: Pirna to Bad Schandau
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Malerweg Trail North: Pirna to Bad Schandau

Country
Germany
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
6 days & 5 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April – October

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are one of the most beautiful regions in Germany, located just a few miles from Dresden. This moderate-grade short walking break covers the northern half of the Malerweg Trail, following the right bank of the Elbe from Pirna to Bad Schandau, giving you plenty of time to take in the natural and cultural highlights of the Painters Path.

Malerweg Trail South: Krippen to Pirna
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Malerweg Trail South: Krippen to Pirna

Country
Germany
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
6 days & 5 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April – October

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are one of the most beautiful regions in Germany, located just a few miles from Dresden. This moderate-grade short walking break covers the southern half of the Malerweg Trail, following the left bank of the Elbe from Krippen to Pirna, giving you plenty of time to take in the natural and cultural highlights of the Painters Path.

List of our Malerweg walking holidays

  1. Best of Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland

  2. Saxon Switzerland: Malerweg Trail Classic

  3. Trekking the Malerweg Trail in 8 Days

  4. Malerweg Trail North: Pirna to Bad Schandau

  5. Malerweg Trail South: Krippen to Pirna