Stadt Wehlen – Hohnstein

This stage probably features one of the most famous views of Saxon Switzerland National Park. The Bastei bridge. Everyone has seen it on photo. Many times. Still I was stunned by the views from the bridge and the surrounding viewpoints with views of bizarre rocks and the river Elbe.

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The other side of the river Elbe when leaving Stadt Wehlen.
Malerweg Saxon Switzerland National park Germany
Still in Stadt Wehlen but within 20 minutes we’ll be on top of those cliffs.
Elbe, Malerweg Saxon Switzerland National park Germany
Just like I said, on top of the cliffs.
Finding the best point of view for a photo of the Bastei bridge on sunrise.
Not exactly the point of view I had seen on photos earlier. It looks like I need to be on the other side…
Bastei bridge, Malerweg Saxon Switzerland National park Germany
Yeah, that’s where I have to be for my shot of the Bastei bridge. There on that highest rock are the early birds making their best shot of the Bastei bridge.
The Bastei Bridge from the Bastei panorama in Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany.
Finally got myself in the right spot for the famous view on the Bastei bridge. Seems there is only one square meter of rock to stand on. So that why all pictures of this bridge look the same.
Sunrise near the Bastei bridge in Saxon Switserland National Park, Bastei region, German.
Since I’m here, I might as well make a photograph of the surrounding landscape of the Bastei bridge.

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Sunrise near the Bastei bridge in Saxon Switserland National Park, Bastei region, German.
Nope, this is not the Bastei bridge. Still great view, and just a few minutes later we’ll be walking under this bridge between rocks.
Sunrise near the Bastei bridge in Saxon Switserland National Park, Bastei region, German.
A view on Hohnstein, the end of the second stage of the Malerweg, but we are not there yet. First descent and climb up again!
Sunrise near the Bastei bridge in Saxon Switserland National Park, Bastei region, German.
Descending goes very quickly through a very narrow gorge. Luckily they have solid stairs here.
Malerweg in Saxon Switserland National Park, Bastei region, German.
Loooong stairs

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Malerweg in Saxon Switserland National Park, Bastei region, German.
Seems we’ve reached the end of the second stage of the Malerweg. Let’s go see the city Hohnstein first and continue later with the third stage of the Malerweg!
Town of Hohnstein in with Hohnstein castle in Saxon Switzerland, Germany.
Town of Hohnstein in with Hohnstein castle in Saxon Switzerland, Germany.

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