Malerweg With the Bastei Bridge for a Weekend

4 days
T1 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
250 -500 ascent per day
> Two of the eight stages of the Malerweg Malerweg etappes
> See the famous Bastei Bridge
> Stay in pleasant Gasthofen and hotels.

Not far from Dresden, on the border with the Czech Republic and on the banks of the River Elbe, you will find one of the most beautiful examples of German nature. National Park Saxon Switzerland is home to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and this is where the Malerweg runs, a 112-kilometer hiking trail that can be walked in 8 stages.

During this 4-day hiking holiday, you will hike two stages of the Malerweg and experience the absolute highlights including the Bastei Bridge. Your stay in comfortable guesthouses and three-star hotels along the way is taken care of, and your remaining luggage will always be transported to your next accommodation. All you have to do is concentrate on the beauty of the Elbe, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and you will never get tired of the Bastei Bridge.



Arrival in Garni

Today you arrive in Garni. Since it was undoubtedly a long journey here, it is best to relax at the hotel today.

Pirnscher Hof Hotel Garni (Garni)


Garni - Stadt Wehlen

Duration: 04:40 h
Distance: 17.5 km
Ascent: 200 m
Descent: 200 m

The hike starts at the entrance of the romantic Liebethaler Grund. You can also choose to hike this part, which will take you an extra 1.5 hours. The path follows the Wesenitz and passes the monumental Richard Wagner monument (designed by Richard Guhr, 1933) and the remains of the former Lochmühle. Then you pass the Uttewalder Grund with its famous rock gate. The path is now formed by rocks. You will pass the remains of one of the oldest castles in the region. The Malerweg runs along the Elbe to the end of this first day.

Ferienwohnung Langer (Stadt Wehlen - Plötzscha)


Stadt Wehlen - Hohnstein

Duration: 03:42 h
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 460 m
Descent: 300 m
You start by ascending the Schwarzbergweg, where you reach the resting place called "Steinerner Tisch". The building of the same name was once built by Prince Augustus der Starke as a resting place for when he went hunting. The path leads you to one of the most famous sights of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains: the Bastei. This is one of the absolute attractions of the region and from here you have a fantastic view of the landscape. You descend via a staircase. Then you will pass the Rathen rock plateau with its spectacular natural scenery. Once in Hohnstein, the castle and the Kasper Museum in the tourist office are definitely worth a visit!

Burg Hohnstein (Hohnstein)

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  • Accommodation

    We will arrange your accommodation on the Malerweg in hotels, inns, and guesthouses. Accommodation will be private in single, double or twin rooms and with en-suite bathroom where possible.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide which includes a route description, interactive Malerweg hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek.

  • Baggage Transfer

    This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire Malerweg trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next next accommodation. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at your accommodation.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.


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  • Malerweg: Weather and Best Season

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