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Bad Schandau - a base for wilderness

Bad Schandau has always had a tenuous hold on life. Its reason for living is also its reason for suffering.
The Elbe has brought benefits to the town and the Elbe has wrought its anger upon the village as well.
People come to this place mainly for one of two reasons. To relax at the wellness centres, be they in your hotel or at the world famous location of mud baths on the outskirts, or to experience the national park right on your doorstep. I came for the latter and was clearly in the minority in early spring but that didn't stop me enjoying it anyway. The walks among the bastei (high places) are, at times, breathtaking.

The village

Within this church there are a hundred photos and, more poignantly, lines with dates scratched on the rear wall. They all refer to floods. The pics to the 2002 flood and the lines cover centuries of inundation, the worst being 1845.
This is indicative of how things can go horribly wrong if your town is situated beside a major river but that same river is also the lifeblood of the place.
Strolling beside the Elbe, as many people do all day, is a pleasant relaxing activity 90% of the time with scenic views across to the other side and beyond.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful nature, relaxing spas
  • Cons:Not a lot to do at night
  • In a nutshell:A splendid place for a break
  • Last visit to Bad Schandau: Mar 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    I do not know if we have time for this area, but the scenery and greenery is certainly appealing and setting of the town a site to behold, for sure.

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Thanks for sharing your personal album... I still think they're having a sheep for supper ;~)

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    I'm fascinated by the idea of the yellow tram that takes you surprisingly far into the country. Looks like great walking when it deposits you too!

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Hope you made good use of the spa area given that iffy weather! I am glad you did at least the "Elbleitenweg" hike.


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