Saxony & Bohemia Guided Walking Holiday

Explore the beautiful German and Czech Elbe Sandstone mountains


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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Hills & moorland


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

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Visit the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, also dubbed Saxon or Bohemian Switzerland. This stunning region overlaps the Germany/Czech border and features truly breathtaking landscapes, yet remains relatively undiscovered.

Rugged landscapes, bizarre rock formations and romantic valleys lie across the borders of Germany and Czech Republic. On this holiday we’ll enjoy walks in both countries and soak up their different cultures as well as the jaw-dropping views and centuries of history.

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy the amazing landscapes and rock formations of Saxon Switzerland
  • Discover Saxony’s charming towns and imposing castles
  • Step into the Czech Republic and visit Europe’s biggest natural sandstone arch
  • Walk over the Brandstufen – the balcony of the Saxon Switzerland National Park

Price includes

  • A Multi-centre tour with a walk every day
  • All transport
  • The services of experienced walking guides throughout the tour
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK airport transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board –breakfast and evening meal

In pictures...


All of our partner hotels have been selected for their superb facilities and ideal locations for your holiday.

Hotel Alergo Toscana - Bad Schandau, Germany

Hotel Albergo Toskana, Bad Schandau - 3*

Our holiday starts in Saxony in the Hotel Albergo Toskana. All rooms at the Albergo-Toscana are fitted with Italian-style metal beds, cable TV and heated flooring.

Bad Schandau is located in the heart of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and oozes enticement to get you ready for a day of exploring.

Hotel Erbgericht - Krippen, Germany

Hotel Erbgericht, Krippen - 3*

This idyllically located hotel is in the heart of Saxon Switzerland and offers the perfect choice as a walking based hotel.

Surrounded by mountain fortresses, crazy castles and museums, this is a little city which packs a cultural and historical punch!


Saxony & Bohemia Guided Walking Holiday

This walking and touring programme offers one walk each day and various sightseeing opportunities throughout the holiday.

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium


5 to 8 miles on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,500ft of ascent in a day.


Day 1: Arrival Day

Transfer from Prague airport to Bad Schandau and settle into your hotel. Take time to explore the city, ensuring you visit St John's Church with its octagonal western tower standing in its original form since 1679.

Hotel: Hotel Albergo Toscana

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Bad Schandau to Rathen

This day begins with a walk from Bad Schandau over the Brandstufen stairs to the Brand, the ‘balcony’ of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. We then visit the medieval Hohnstein Castle, the history of which begins in 1441. Our walking tour continues to the beautiful Amsel Lake and the well-known spa resort of Rathen. A train transfer takes us back to Bad Schandau.

Hotel: Hotel Albergo Toscana

Meals: Breakfast and dinner at Bad Schandau restaurant

Day 3: Rathen to Koenigstein

We start the day with an ascent on the Bastei Rocks to Wehlen (300m) enjoying views over the River Elbe and its green surroundings. From the Bastei, we then walk through stone formations, Hoellengrund and Wehlener Grund, to reach the town of Wehlen visiting the church of St Michael.  After crossing the River Elbe, we continue on the opposite bank, passing the Big and Small Bear’s Stone before reaching the Fortress of Koenigstein, the largest in Europe. A fast train takes us back to Bad Schandau.

Hotel: Hotel Albergo Toscana

Meals: Breakfast and dinner at Bad Schandau restaurant.

Day 4: Koenigstein to Gohrisch

Todays walk takes us from Koenigstein along pleasant forest paths to the famous rock pinnacle Barbarine (42.7m high), one of the symbols of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. This walk continues along the path of Pfaffenstein to the viewpoint over Lilienstein.  We then take the Musel path to the spa resort of Gohrisch before transferring to Krippen.

Hotel: Hotel Erbgericht

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Gohrisch via Papststein to Krippen

After breakfast we shall take a coach transfer back to Gohrisch to continue our walk.  Beginning with the Kingdom of stones we then continue through Elbe Sandstone Mountains (climbing Gohrisch 448m and Papststein 451m). The walk takes us through the adventurous Kleinhennersdorfer Höhlen, over the Liethen Valley and then on to Krippen.

Hotel: Hotel Erbgericht

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Krippen via Hrensko (Czech Republic) and back

We start the day visiting Pravčická brána, in the Czech Repulic, Europe’s biggest natural sandstone arch. We then walk along the valley of the River Kamenice all the way down to Edmund’s Gorge where we board a boat taking us down the river.  A train will take us back to Krippen.

Hotel: Hotel Erbgericht

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Krippen via Schrammsteine and Kirnitzschtal to Bad Schandau

On our last day we walk in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, firstly to the Schramm Stones the summit of which affords a breathtaking view over the entire Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Next we follow the Wald path along the Affensteig and later the Painter’s Path to Beuthenfall where we will board the famous Kirnitzschtal train back to Bad Schandau.

Hotel: Hotel Erbgericht

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Departure Day

Transfer back to Prague airport.

Meals: Breakfast


All walks transport is now included in the price of the holiday.

‘With flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from London Heathrow and Manchester to Prague (regional supplement £60).

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are traveling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the first hotel of the tour is included. Transfers are timed to meet the London Heathrow flight (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information).


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Dates & Prices

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