Day trip to Pillnitz and the elbe sandstone mountains

Get to know one of the most beautiful wild romantic scenery in Europe!

Duration: approx. 8 hrs

Itinerary: On our way to Saxon Switzerland, we have a stopover in Pillnitz for a walk in the beautiful park of the castle of Pillnitz. Experience the English garden with its old trees and the famous Pillnitz’ camellia, the French garden with its beautiful flower arrangements and have a look at the “Water Palace” and the “Mountain Palace” of the castle, some of the most important chinoiserie style buildings in Europe.

Subsequently, we are visiting one of the most famous landscape sights in Europe – the Bastei Bridge. Surmounting the small town of Rathen and located about 623 feet above the river Elbe, the Bastei offers breathtaking views over the Elbe valley and the bizarre rocky landscape.

From here, you have two different options to proceed the tour: Either you hike down to Rathen, take the ferry to cross the river and be picked up for the ride to the Königstein fortress OR you prefer a panoramic tour by bus/ car via the Polenz valley, Hohenstein and Bad Schandau to the Königstein fortress.

Once arrived at Königstein, we explore the fortress during a guided tour and enjoy more fantastic views over the Elbe valley and the surrounding landscape.

Return to Dresden by bus/ car.


  • on demand depending on the size of the bus needed
  • when you bring your own bus: 200.00 EUR
  • additional costs that may occur: entrance to the Pillnitz park, entrance to Königstein fortress, Elbe ferry