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Bad Schandau Favorites: 5 reviews and 14 photos

  Views over the Elbe
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  • Views over the Elbe - Bad Schandau
      Views over the Elbe
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  • Looking north - Bad Schandau
      Looking north
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  • Through the cutting - Bad Schandau
      Through the cutting
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  • Magic of the stone bridges - Bad Schandau
      Magic of the stone bridges
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  • Bizarre rock formations - Bad Schandau
      Bizarre rock formations
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Favorite thing: The anticipation of getting to those spectacular stone bridges that I had seen so often in photos was magnetic. It didn't matter how tired I felt I was going to make it. As it turns out, you can reach the top comfortably in half an hour.

Fondest memory: As the craggy rocks got closer and then I moved between them (pic 3) there were views over the Elbe (pics 1 & 2), one of Europe's great rivers, here seen to best advantage where the rocky outcrops either side make for an impressive landscape.
Then it's climbing ever higher until you reach the magical world of the stone bridges where a stone age settlement was probably in place and other people also lived there in later times.
Surrounded by a bizarre array of spires of sandstone this is a special place in Germany yet few English speaking tourists venture there.
At the very top there's a restaurant where those who don't want to do much walking can actually drive to but, for me, that would take more than half the enjoyment out of the trip.

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  • Written Nov 14, 2008
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