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Painters Trail (all stages/official version)

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  • Liebethaler Grund
    / Liebethaler Grund
    Photo: Philipp Zieger, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Malerweg 1. Etappe
    Photo: Sebastian Thiel, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Uttewalder Grund
    Photo: Philipp Zieger, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Basteibrücke
    Photo: Francesco Carovillano DZT, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Brandaussicht
    Photo: Philipp Zieger, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Basteigebiet Blick von Felsenburg Neurathen
    Photo: Philipp Zieger, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Basteigebiet Blick zur Elbe
    Photo: Jacqueline Voigt, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Teufelsbrücke bei Hohnstein
    Photo: Yvonne Brückner, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Waitzdorfer Aussicht
    Photo: Philipp Zieger, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Schrammsteine am Morgen
    Photo: Stephan Junghanß, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Goldstein-Aussicht
    Photo: Iven Eissner, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Winterberg
    Photo: Philipp Zieger, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Blick vom Wolfsberg Reinhardtsdorf-Schöna
    Photo: Jacqueline Voigt, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Papstdorfer Kirche
    Photo: Kenny Scholz, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Pfaffenstein mit Barbarine
    Photo: Britta Prema Hirschburger, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Blick vom Pfaffenstein
    Photo: Sebsatian Rose, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Friedrichsburg und Kanone im Sonnenuntergang© Michael Wilke / Festung Königstein gGmbH
    Photo: TIS TVSSW
  • / Malerweg Kapelle
    Photo: Yvonne Brückner, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Rauenstein
    Photo: Britta Prema Hirschburger, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Pirna - Blick von der Elbbrücke Richtung Altstadt und Sonnenstein
    Photo: Jacqueline Voigt, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Logo Malerweg Elbsandsteingebirge
    Photo: Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
  • / Carola-Aussicht
    Photo: Jacqueline Voigt, Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz
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Painters Trail (all stages/official version by the tourism association of Saxon Switzerland)

 

Fascination not only for Romantics

Following the Painters Trail (Malerweg), you hike through densely wooded, wild and romantic gorges, past bizarre rock formations and breathtaking views.

Detailed description of the stages: https://malerweg.link/gps

Attention, please note rerouting (in German language):  https://malerweg.link/status

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
moderate
Distance 115.6 km
44:15 h
3,588 m
3,596 m
543 m
112 m
An inexhaustible abundance of bizarre rock formations, densely wooded, wild and romantic gorges and majestic table mountains with breathtaking views: That is what the “Malerweg” trail in the national park of Saxon Switzerland has in store for you. And it is the reason why especially artists have been drawn to the picturesque rock formations from the start. Follow in the footsteps of famous Romantic painters like Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus, and Ludwig Richter. Experience the fascinating rock landscape of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains from its most picturesque side on this hiking trail so rich in tradition. And while doing so, be sure to enjoy the numerous sights like Pirna, a town painted by Canaletto, or the house of the impressionist painter Robert Sterl in Wehlen-Naundorf as well as the numerous welcoming taverns on the way.

 

Starting point:

You can start the hike wherever you like. However, to start at the Liebethaler Grund valley is highly recommended.

 

Hiking trail markers:

Complete signposting (constantly checked), marked with a proprietary logo

 

Characteristics:

The Painters Trail leads you through gorges and secluded wooded areas, past sandstone formations and impressive views. The different stages provide magnificent clear views, e.g. of free-standing table mountains, left and right of the Elbe river.

 

Level of difficulty:

easy to difficult, surefootedness required

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Author
Yvonne Brückner
Update: December 17, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
543 m
Lowest point
112 m
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Safety information

- Due to bark beetle damages, particular caution is advised!

- No special aids required.

- Partially, the paths are very narrow.

- Not all viewpoints are secured with guardrails.

Emergency services:

Fire brigade 112; Police 110

On-call medical service 116 117

 

Current information on the Painters Trail (in German language): https://malerweg.link/status

 

Please note: Only marked paths may be accessed in the core area of the national park of Saxon Switzerland! Fines may be imposed in case of infringements.

Hiking trail markers 

Tips and hints

Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz e.V.
Bahnhofstr. 21
01796 Pirna
Telefon: +49 (0) 3501 470147
Fax: +49 (0) 3501 470148
E-Mail: info@sax-ch.de
Internet: www.malerweg.de

Start

Liebethal (157 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.996682, 13.958981
DMS
50°59'48.1"N 13°57'32.3"E
UTM
33U 426947 5649971
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Destination

Pirna Markt

Turn-by-turn directions

Current information on directions, accommodations, reroutings, etc. can be found on the website of the Painters Trail at: www.saechsische-schweiz.de/en/home-malerweg/. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The journey to the starting point and endpoint in Pirna is possible by coach or train.

Train: Pirna station

Coach: Central coach station – ZOB Pirna Information:

https://www.vvo-online.de/en/index.cshtml

Getting there

Saxon Switzerland is connected directly to the Saxon capital Dresden via the motorway A17, the A-road B172 and the railway system of the Deutsche Bahn (German Railway, EuroCity railway track Hamburg - Dresden - Prague). Urban railways and coaches leave in short, regular intervals from Dresden – incorporating the airport as well – into the region. Small towns near the Elbe river can also be approached by the historic steamboats of the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt company.  The ride up the river may take a little bit longer but in turn provides you with an unmatched view of the landscape. The vast network of coach lines and urban railways in the region allows an easy journey to the starting point of the hike. Two bridges (Bad Schandau, Pirna) and foot passenger ferries (Schmilka, Bad Schandau, Königstein, the spa town of Rathen, Wehlen town, and Pirna) lead across the Elbe river.

Parking

Guests that want to change their accommodations with each stage, have long-term car parks at their disposal. They are located at the Pirna car parks “Am Steinplatz” and at Ernst-Thälmann-Platz 2.

Coordinates

DD
50.996682, 13.958981
DMS
50°59'48.1"N 13°57'32.3"E
UTM
33U 426947 5649971
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Sorgfältige Auswahl an Wanderführern: https://shop.saechsische-schweiz.de/malerweg/

Author’s map recommendations

Sorgfältige Auswahl an Kartenmaterial: https://shop.saechsische-schweiz.de/malerweg/

Equipment

Sturdy footwear recommended

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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Rating

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thomas deceuninck
June 11, 2021 · Community
september 2021
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Inga Theedt
July 03, 2017 · Community
Ich bin grade wieder zurück von meiner Malerweg Tour und immer noch ganz begeistert. Jede Etappe hatte etwas ganz besonderes. Meine beiden Hunde haben die Strecke ebenfalls grandios gemeistert. Lediglich bei zwei Etappen habe ich die Umwege/Alternatve in Anspruch nehmen müssen. Ein ausführlicher Bericht über diese Tour mit zwei Hunden folgt demnächst auf meinem Blog unter: www.travel-dogs.de
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Stefan Kuhn
November 23, 2016 · Community
Einer der schönsten Wanderwege in Deutschland! Wir waren Ende Oktober 2016 auf dem Malerweg unterwegs. Berichte zu unseren Eindrücken findet Ihr - Etappe für Etappe - unter https://happyhiker.de/wandern/deutschland/malerweg/
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When did you do this route? October 23, 2016
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moderate
Distance
115.6 km
Duration
44:15 h
Ascent
3,588 m
Descent
3,596 m
Highest point
543 m
Lowest point
112 m
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