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Hike from spa town Rathen to Wehlen via the Bastei rock formation

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Shortly after leaving the spa town of Rathen, you will arrive at the reservoir Amselsee. Continue through the gorge-like valley Schwedenlöcher to the Bastei Plateau, from where you can enjoy endless views and visit the rock castle Neurathen. On the way to the town of Wehlen, you will pass the historic stone table. The starting point in the spa town of Rathen is easy to reach by S-Bahn (suburban train).
Distance 10.6 km
3:06 h
320 m
320 m
318 m
112 m
We start at the train station of Kurort Rathen, which is well suited for those arriving by public transport as well as for car drivers, for whom a large public car park is available. At the beginning of our tour we immediately experience a real rarity - the historic yaw rope ferry in the Kurort Rathen, with which we cross the Elbe. After arriving in the Kurort Rathen, we follow the signs through the small village in the direction of Amselsee and can enjoy the tranquillity of this car-free zone. After a few hundred metres we can already see the boat landing stage. A romantic gondola tour is recommended on the Amselsee, which was created by the dammed Grünbach stream. This is possible from April to October. After this, we continue our hike and walk along the Amselgrund. Approx. 1 km from the boat landing, we take a left turn that leads us to the Schwedenlöcher. Now we walk up 700 steps, numerous iron ladders and about 160 metres in altitude towards the Bastei. We follow the signs to the Bastei Viewpoint. Having reached the landmark of Saxon Switzerland, we can now enjoy the view. From numerous vantage points, a panorama opens up with all the large table mountains, such as the Lilienstein or the Königstein, the Schrammstein chain and the Großer Winterberg. In good weather, we can even see as far as Bohemian Switzerland and the Ore Mountains. After enjoying these views, we walk over the 76.5-metre-long Bastei Bridge, which spans the Wehlgrund, and reach Felsenburg Neurathen. At Felsenburg Neurathen we see remains of a medieval castle complex. After the visit, we walk back over the Bastei Bridge and then a short distance (approx. 250 m) along the road before we turn left onto the tourist trail (green line and red dot). We walk for about a kilometre before we reach the Stone Table. This is a good opportunity to take a short break, as the table, which was used for dining as early as 1710, is still there. After this short break, we take the Schwarzbergweg, which is also part of the Malerweg trail. This leads us downhill for about 2 kilometres until we arrive in Stadt Wehlen, where we have the opportunity to order a snack or a coffee. In the last part of the tour, we now only have to cross the Elbe by ferry and finally take the S-Bahn from the nearby train station back to the Kurort Rathen.
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Update: November 30, 2021
Highest point
318 m
Lowest point
112 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Possible all year round (except in case of slippery snow and ice; gondolas on Amselsee only from April to October).Please note: in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, only marked trails may be used in the core zone! Fines may be imposed for violations.


Kurort Rathen (122 m)
50.956980, 14.075850
50°57'25.1"N 14°04'33.1"E
33U 435093 5645447


Stadt Wehlen

Turn-by-turn directions

Wanderung entlang bekannter Attraktionen der Sächsischen Schweiz, Auf- und Abstieg über Stufen, Besuch der Bastei und der Felsenburg Neurathen, Einkehrmöglichkeiten vorhanden, Rückfahrt mit ÖPNV


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Public transport

Arrival / Departure:

S-Bahn S1, either stop "Kurort Rathen" steamboat (ferry crossing necessary) or "Stadt Wehlen".

Getting there

Highway A17, exit Pirna, B172 direction Bad Schandau until roundabout behind Struppen-Siedlung, there direction Kurort Rathen. Parking spaces on the Elbe. Crossing here with the passenger ferry


Parking - Elbe car park


50.956980, 14.075850
50°57'25.1"N 14°04'33.1"E
33U 435093 5645447
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Safe footing and hiking shoes required

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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3:06 h
320 m
320 m
Highest point
318 m
Lowest point
112 m
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