Dresden – Saxon Switzerland: Pillnitz – Bastei – Königstein Fortress

One day excursion to Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz) for groups with their own bus oder individual guests with a vehicle rented by us.

The romantic bus tour starts along the river Elbe on the Saxon Wine Road to Pillnitz. Vineyards, villas, noble palaces and picturesque wine and fisher’s villages are on the way. Our first stop is the splendid park of Pillnitz palace. Scenically situated at the Elbe river bank you take a stroll through the romantic park with a multitude of rare exotic plants and trees, among them the oldest camellia in Europe. It has a height of about 9 meters  and is estimated to be 250 years old. In the center of the park Duke Augustus the Strong built two baroque palaces in the Asian style that you simply have to see to believe.

The tour continues past the renaissance town of Pirna, and soon we arrive at the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the National Park Saxon Switzerland. Here you will experience a walk over the “Bastei” (bastion) an amazing rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River, which is the landmark of Saxon Switzerland. Here you can enjoy a magnificent view over the unique rock formations in this very unusual mountain area.  

Afterwards on a panorama bus tour you will see more of this peerless and wild landscape with bizarre and steep rock formations that seem to grow out of deep green hollows. Past Bad Schandau the drive goes on to the  Königstein Fortress. This ancient castle and garrison that is built into a huge rock formation can be reached comfortably by lift and the plateu presents the visitor with a surprising variety of sights. Here you can see 50 buildings, some over 400 years old, that bear witness to the military and civilian life in the fortress. A guided tour shows you the oldest garrison church in Germany, one of the deepest wells in Europe, the most secure historic prison in Saxony, the treasury and much, much more – on top of it, an impressive scenic view over the landscape. 

8 hour tour, start and finish in Dresden.
Fee for the Guide 245,- Euro
Admissions are not included in the fee.

Admissions for Pillnitz Park:
https://www.schlosspillnitz.de/en/guest-service/ticket-rates/
Admissions for Königstein Fortress:
https://www.festung-koenigstein.de/en/opening-hours-admission-fees.html

Proposal: Lunch break at Panorama restaurant BASTEI
https://www.berghotel-bastei.de/en/Panoramarestaurant.html