Outdoor nature and adventure in Germany
  • Bastei - Cliffs, Nature and Hiking

    Basteistraße, 01847 Lohmen

    How to Get There?


      Lohmen is connected via Pirna and Dresden. From Pirna take the Städtebahn Sachsen to train station Lohmen.

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      The entrance to the Bastei leads over the village Lohmen, which is linked with Dresden by the B172. There are two car parks with direct proximity to the Bastei. A further parking area is on top of the Brandstraße - from here bus shuttles will bring you straight to the Bastei. (Parking fees from 3€)

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 50.987530
      LONGTITUDE: 14.028846



      From airport Dresden take the suburban railway (S1) to Pirna. From there, the "Städtebahn Sachsen" (city train) makes hourly trips to Lohmen. The journey takes approx. 1 hour.

      Nearest airport

      Dresden (DRS)

    Why Go There?

    open 24/7, accessible all year

    Where mother nature created her masterpiece, this is an area that embraces a unique and evocative landscape. Take an amazing journey through elongated mesas, striking volcanic cones and wildly romantic gorges.

    The Bastei is the most famous rock formation in Saxony and, therefore, one of the highlights of the Saxon Switzerland. Believe it or not, there is no entrance fee to get a glance on to the most beautiful landscapes of Germany and it is freely accessible all year round. Only a visit at the "Felsenburg Neurathen" (fortress) requires an entrance fee. Take a fascinating journey back in time because this wonderful piece on earth will lead you through the biological and geological past of our continent. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama, the air and the uplifting feeling of being on top of the world. With more than 700 km² of space the national park Saxony is one of Europe's last large, untainted wildernesses.

    The rocks of the Bastei offer a magnificent panoramic view onto surrounding landscapes. Especially on clear days, numerous attractions such as the Lilienstein or the Königstein fortress can be seen. The famous sandstone bridge (Mardertelle or Basteibrücke) leads straight to the fortress Neurathen which was already built in 1851. She calls a length of 76.50 m and spans with 7 sheets, a 40 meter-deep gorge. The rock arch at the end of the bridge used to be the entrance gate to the fortress Neurathen. From here visitors will get an unforgettable view onto the Elbsandsteine (Elbsandstones). The fortress was created in the middle of the 14th century by Bohemian knights and definitaly worth a visit.

    Tip: Come and visit the restaurant on the Bastei which has a history of more than 200-years. The panoramic restaurant caters high above the river Elbe. Hungry and thirsty hikers can choose from a wide range of local specialities, the menue offers a variety from snacks to gourmet dishes.




    Location Details

    Escape Address: Basteistraße, 01847 Lohmen, Lohmen, Saxony, Germany

    Things to do close by!

    Nature exploring

    The Bastei is a stunning rock formation nearly 200 meters above the Elbe. It is a wonderland of fluted pinnacles and offers panoramic views of the surrounding forests, cliffs and mountains. But make sure that you get there either before 10am or after 4pm- it´s the most popular spot in the national park!


    The Elbe Sandstone Mountains create a striking and unique landscape. Nature has chiselled this porous rock into bizarre columns, battered cliffs, tabletop mountains and deep valleys. No wonder that this area is one of Germany's premier rock climbing meccas offering over 15,000 routes.


    You can easily check out all of the area's highlights on a long day-trip by renting a mountainbike and enjoy the ride along the lovely Elberadweg.


    Elongated mesas, striking volcanic cones and wildly romantic gorges of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains make for a hiking paradise. The area offers nearly endless possibilities for walks, hikes and climbs.

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