" Kurort Rathen - Vordere Sächsische Schweiz " Kurort Rathen by german_eagle

Kurort Rathen Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 172 photos

Kurort Rathen is located to both sides of the Elbe southeast of Dresden. It is surrounded by beautiful landscape, a region called "Saxon Switzerland".

The small village is a very popular base for tourists, especially for hikers and climbers in Frontier Saxon Switzerland. Some of the most famous places of Saxon Switzerland are to find nearby - see my Must see activity tips.

The surrounding sandstone rocks offer fantastic views across the valley with the Elbe river winding through and the flat-top mountains towering the plains.

Like all beautiful and easy accessible places Rathen is sometimes crowded. But all you have to do is to do some steps away from the busy main street and the major hiking paths - and you will find unspoiled landscape.

Don't forget that most of the surrounding is National Park. Special rules protect vegetation and animals.

  • Intro Updated Aug 6, 2003
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  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Thank you Ingo for the interesting and useful page (especially transport tips). I'm planning a visit there this September.

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    both Bastein views and kleine Bastei views are very picturesque

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Ingo, brilliant new tips and updates on your outstanding page about Kurort Rathen. I would love to take a bicycle ride along the river Elbe to Rathen.

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Traumhafte Bilder!!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2006 at 12:40 AM

    Looks like another great place for hiking -- not far from Dresden. -- Greetings from chilly Frankfurt am Main.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2006 at 1:51 PM

    What a lovely pace & great pics, Ingo ! Kleine Bastei looks great as well !!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 1:00 PM

    Great presentation and winter travelogue! Haha, I see, I have to buy detailed maps of Sachsen before my visit :-)

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2004 at 9:20 AM

    I can see why this area is so popular with tourists, it's beautiful both in summer & in winter! Your "winter wonderland" travelogue photo is especiallly spectacular!

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2003 at 7:48 AM

    Rathen was a place we really enjoyed, too - but your off the beaten path tips are fantastic - too bad we missed them, when we visited!!!

  • demonia's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2003 at 12:47 AM

    Postcard pretty. Perfect for Christmas cards. Gorgeous!

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