This article is the introduction for our Elbe Sandstone Mountains Hike.
It’s now 2 weeks ago since the wanderlust led us to the Harz Mountains. And we are ready for new adventures. This time we’re going to visit Saxonia with its lovely Elbe Sandstone Mountains. This mountain range covers parts of Saxony and Northern Bohemia along the river Elbe. Typical for this uplands are the name-giving sandstones which – after millions of corrosion – offer a picturesque, absolutely incredible sight needed to be discovered. Following you can find some tips how to prepare for a trip to this amazing area and enjoy a Elbe Sandstone Mountains Hike.
Elbe Sandstone Mountains Hike – How to get there?
From Berlin it takes about 3.5h to get to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains by train. First stopover is Dresden a change to the S-Bahn directly leads to Bad Schandau.
If you plan your journey a few days upfront it’s possible to use a special ticket (Sparpreis) Deutsche Bahn offers. These are available for rides up to 250km. The special tickets can be booked for 19 € up to 1 day upfront of your travel. Keep in mind the amount of tickets are limited and may already be sold out. We were lucky enough to get these cheap tickets for our round trip – 38€ a great deal. Having said that, there is the possibility to go by bus. All major intercity bus operators approach Dresden starting from 7€ per ride. Fahrtenfuchs or Busliniensuche are very helpful tools to find a good service, definitely worth a look!
To get some further information about bus and S-Bahn schedules it’s recommended to use the info portal of Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (the operator of public transportation in this area).
Elbe Sandstone Mountains Hike – Accommodation
As already mentioned we’re going to stay in Bad Schandau. It’s a quite popular travel destination so it’s not a big deal to find an accommodation even spontaneously. The site of the tourism association or (like we did) the portal of the city Bad Schandau are very helpful to find a proper holiday apartment, guesthouse or hotel to stay overnight.
Elbe Sandstone Mountains Hike – Planning the tour
The Elbe Sandstone Mountains region is traversed by plenty of trails and steep paths. Therefore it’s not easy to choose which one to take especially since we planned only a weekend trip. Both tours should prepare Martin’s journey to the Kilimanjaro soon. Additonally it should also train us for the planned trip to Corsica. That means the routes are supposed to be challenging. We used
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to plan the ramble. The guide suggests 59 hiking routes of different difficulty levels.
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