Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz, Kirnitzschtalstraße 4, 01855 Kirnitzschtal
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Germany’s Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland)
Last week I took a little trip from Berlin to Dresden to visit two of my closest friends. Together we made a day trip to the “Sächsische Schweiz” (Saxon Switzerland) area which sits a few miles southeast of Dresden on the Czech border. The 1000+ stone towers remind me a lot of the towers in the Needles area of Canyonlands National park in Utah. That is no surprise, as they are formed from the same type of sandstone and are the result of a similar erosion process. The main difference between the German and US versions is the über-green backdrop of the formations in Germany, while the US area is decidedly desert-like. An easy day trip out of Dresden, the park is accessible by auto, bus, S-Bahn, river steamboat, and even by bicycle. While the rock climbing (I am told) is world class, the park offers access to the many overlooks by auto and easy walking trails. This is a must see if you spend a few days in Dresden. You can also catch a glimpse of the rock formations from the train between Dresden and Prague. For more photos, see the blog link connected to my profile. Happy Trails!
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