Gorgeous view in Saxon Switzerland
Impressive view to the Pfaffenstein
Charming Lichtenhainer waterfall

Painter walking tour

Walking Holiday in the Elbsandstein Mountain Range.

Already 200 years ago travellers were amazed by the inexhaustable number of bizarre rock formations, wild-romantic gorges and magestic table mountains with breathtaking views. Many later-generation painters followed their trail through the Elbsandstein mountain range, amongst them even very famous ones such as the romantic Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Gustav Carus and Ludwig Richter. They all followed a preferred route which lateron became well know as the ‚Malerweg’-Path (painters’ path). Along fascinating 70 kilometres you get to walk along the most beautiful section of the ‚Malerweg’-Path, which was crowned Germany’s most beautiful walking path in 2007.


  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour


We recommend you seize the afternoon and enjoy a little stroll through this tranquil spa resort.

After your first ascent on today’s tour you get to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view. Onwards via the ‚Brandstufen’ to the ‚balcony’ of Saxon Switzerland, the so-called ‚Brand’. Past Hohnstein castle and Lake Amselsee you reach the spa resort Rathen.

approx. 6 hours
17 km
580 m
570 m

Today you start with the ascent onto Mount ‚Basteifelsen’ with its well-known bridge ‚Basteibrücke’. You continue via the ‚Höllengrund’ and the ‚Wehlener Grund’ to the town of Wehlen. You walk via the table mountain Rauenstein over to Königstein castle, the largest fortifications in Europe.

approx. 5 to 6 hours
14 km
600 m
480 m

Along comfortable forest paths you approach the famous rock spire ‚Barbarine’. We recommend a short break and refreshment in the ‚Pfaffenstein Baude’. Enjoy a beautiful view onto the well-known Mount Lilienstein. Via the path ‚Muselweg’ you soon reach the pretty spa resort Gohrisch, situated in a quiet, arboreous area.

approx. 4,5 hours
11 km
400 m
350 m

The region around Gohrisch is called the ‚Realm of Rocks’. After a gentle start across the plateau you then head up towards Mount Gohrisch and afterwards ascend Mount Papststein. You walk past the caves ‚Kleinhennersdorfer Höhlen’ and reach the Liethener-valley with its old mill shortly before Krippen.

approx. 4,5 hours
10 km
300 m
450 m

Today the route takes you to a rock formation called ‚Schrammsteine’. Here you have to overcome in parts steep ascents and metal strairs. You walk on forest paths along the ‚Affensteig’-trail and afterwards follow the ‚Malerweg’-path all the way to the ‚Beuthenfall’. Return journey to Bad Schandau by the long-standing railway ‚Kirnitzschtalbahn’.

approx. 5,5 hours
13 km
430 m
340 m

Tour character

Easy to moderate walking tours past sandstone formations and through gorges. A good basic fitness level and - in parts - surefootedness is required.

Prices and events

All data at a glance
Season 1
Apr 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Painter walking tour 7 days, DE-EBWBA-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge Solo traveller

Category: 3***-hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Apr 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Bad Schandau
Zusatznacht im EZ/ÜF
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Health resort Rathen
Zusatznacht im EZ/ÜF
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Zusatznacht im EZ/ÜF
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Health resort Gohrisch
Zusatznacht im EZ/ÜF
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Surcharge Solo traveller

Services and infos

  • 6 overnights as mentioned, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Arrival by train via Dresden to Bad Schandau. From the train station by ferry to the Elb-pier, only a few minutes walk to the hotel from there.
  • Parking: Public car park on the Elb-pier, approx. EUR 5 per day.
  • Return journey on Day 6 from the Lichtenhainer Waterfall to Bad Schandau by the ‚Kirnitzschtalbahn’-railway or by bus in approx. 30 mins, cost approx. EUR 5 per person.


  • Minimum of participants: 2 persons
  • Train fare Lichtenhainer Waterfall – Bad Schandau, approx. EUR 5 per person
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4.7 of 5 Stars (3 Ratings)
5 stars
Steven Schimpitz DE | 17.08.2016
Traumhafte Landschaft
Der Malerweg war die erste Wanderreise mit unseren beiden Hunden. Die einzelnen Touren sind sehr gut ausgewählt und man sieht jeden Tag aufs neue die wunderschön abwechslungsreiche Landschaft mit ihren Bergen, Wäldern und Bächen. Am Ende des Tages sind unsere Vierbeiner ins Körbchen gefallen und wir haben uns es noch im Hotelrestaurant bei einem 3 Gänge Menü (Halbpension) gut gehen lassen. Die Halbpension würden wir jedem empfehlen! Wir hatten einen wanderfreien Tag in Bad Schandau dazu gebucht und sind in die Therme gegangen. Diese war selbst in den Ferien und zur Mittagszeit angenehm leer.
5 stars
Annette Hanses DE | 23.05.2016
Unsere Erwartungen wurden übertroffen
Wir sind mit ganz vielen wunderbaren Reiseeindrücken zurückgekehrt. Insgesamt wurden unsere Erwartungen übertroffen. Die Landschaft, die Vielseitigkeit, die Abwechslung - top. 5 Wandertage haben nicht ausgereicht alles zu sehen, wir fahren wieder hin...
4 stars
Maria Stadler AT | 19.05.2016
Tolle Wanderroute, alles gut organisiert
Tolle Wanderroute, alles gut organisiert!

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