Experience the Toskana World

Toskana Therme spa lets you dive into a world of light, sound and water. Enjoy a massage, bath or one of our many health and beauty treatments and finish the day off with a meal at the Italian restaurant.

Package includes:

  • 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast
  • 1 day-pass for Toskana Therme spa (several indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, Liquid Sound pool)
  • 1 foot massage (20 min)
  • 1 Sheabutter treatment (body peeling with whole-body-massage with Sheabutter, 50 min) or
    Beauty treatment “Beauty Garden” (exclusive facial treatment with natural products, 50 min)
  • Three-course-meal at the the restaurant 
  • 1 big sauna towel 
  • Guest pass 
Accommodation Main season Low season
Hotel ***** 270,00 € 240,00 €
Hotel **** 245,00 € 215,00 €
Apartment ***** 230,00 € 215,00 €
Hotel *** 220,00 € 195,00 €
B & B 205,00 € 189,00 €
  • Prices per person occupying a double room 
  • Weekend supplement: 2,00 to 5,00 € per person and night, only applies to 4 and 5-star hotels
  • Main season: April to October; low season: November to March (excluding Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays)
  • Booking code: WG 02
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Aqua wellness at the Liquid Sound pool

Feel the dream-like atmosphere at the Liquid Sound pool when the warm water touches you and music and light surround you. Aqua Wellness means to get introduced to the healing power of water. Treat yourself to this exclusive spa experience in the Liquid Sound pool at the Toskana Therme spa. Included are two treatmens for two people in our treatment area. For more information see below.

Package includes:

  • 2 nights of accommodation including breakfast 
  • Welcome bottle of local Meißen wine 
  • 1 free entry into Toskana Therme spa (4-hour-session including sauna and Liquid Sound pool)
  • Aqua Wellness session – approx. 100 min
  • Visit to the National Park centre with multi-vision show
  • Guest pass
Accommodation Main season  Low season
Hotel ***** 240,00 € 216,00 €
Hotel **** 210,00 € 184,00 €
Apartment ***** 194,00 € 184,00 €
Hotel *** 194,00 € 164,00 €
B & B 174,00 € 158,00 €
  • Prices per person occupying a double room 
  • Single rooms on request
  • Weekend supplement: 5,00 € per person and night, only applies to 4 and 5-star hotels
  • Main season: April to October; low season: November to March (except Christmas and New Year)
  • Booking code: WG 06

All Aqua Wellness sessions come with a introduction, personal advice and time to rest afterwards and are included in the 4 hour stay at the Toskana Therme spa. Appointments on request.

How the session works:
Provided with neck and knee support you will float in the warm salt water of the Liquid Sound pool. Your spine will relax and the flexibility of your joints will improve through the weightlessness of the water. Your Aqua-Wellness-therapist carries you on its hands. Gently and effortlessly, you will be swayed, carried, stretched and massaged. You will feel lighter, more flexible and deeply relaxed.

If you wish, you also can submerge yourself completely, in which case we would supply you with a nose clip. An dance-like experience in a three-dimensional space, surrounded by sound and gentle water, safely guided and supported. 

Please inform your therapist in advance about any potential health issues. Generally, Aqua
Wellness is suitable for all ages. But it is best to clarify any counter indications which would prevent you from a one-hour-stay in the warm thermal water. If you are unsure, please contact us in advance. 

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European walking trail E3

The part of the trail leading through saxon switzerland

The Schmilka – Bad Gottleuba stretch, marked by a blue line on signage 
This trail is also known as the “Fernwanderweg Eisenach – Budapest” walking trail, which was inaugurated in 1986.

EB or E3 stations
Bad Gottleuba – Bahratal – Bielatal – Leupoldishain – Königstein fortress – Königstein – Lilienstein – spa town of Rathen – Bastei – Rathewalde – panoramic viewing point at Hohburkersdorf – Hohnstein – Brand – gorge Tiefer Grund – Sebnitz valley – Kirnitzsch valley – Ostrau – Schrammstein rocks – Schrammstein viewing platform – Schrammstein trail – mountain Großer Winterberg – Schmilka – Hernskretschen (border crossing point)
A very interesting but at times demanding tour. It leads the walker across the Elbe sandstone mountains and gives you a great overview of the typical landscape which continues in Bohemian Switzerland. If you walk it in two stages, it will be less of a drain on your energy. 

Caspar David Friedrich way

Cultural walking path IN KRIPPEN

Caspar-David-Friedrich-WegStages of the Caspar-David-Friedrich-way:

  • General information about the painter
  • Elbe valley – view of the table mountain “Lilienstein” and surrounding area
  • Elbe valley – quarry theme 
  • Elbe valley – view to the “Teufelsturm” (Devil’s Tower) Rock
  • “Hangweg” Path – view across Elbe valley
  • “Hirschgrund” Gorge – rock themes 
  • “Kaiserkrone” ascent, rock theme 
  • “Wolfsberg” Hill – view across to Bohemia
  • “Püschelweg” Path – tree studies
  • “Püschelweg” Path – studies of the moon

Route:
Starts and finishes at the ferry stop in Krippen: take the Elbe cycling path until you reach the railway crossing (tunnel) – climb up to the “Hangweg” path along the slope – follow it to the “Hirschgrund” gorge – continue on towards Schöna – take the trail to the “Kaiserkrone” rock until you reach information board no. 7 (ascent to the Kaiserkrone is recommended) – return via Schöna and Reinhardtsdorf – follow the “Püschelweg” path through the woods down to Krippen.

Rafter’s path

Nature trail through the KIRNITZSCH valley

This trail starts in Bad Schandau, where the Kirnitzsch stream meets the Elbe and runs all along the Kirnitzsch valley. Information boards along the way tell you interesting facts about the geology, natural history and the history about raftsmen.

Duration of the walk: about  4.5 hours, comfortable walking, sturdy boots required 

Starting point: Bad Schandau, local park “Kurgarten”

Ends: Kirnitzsch valley, “Neumann’s mill”

How to get there: bus no. 241 runs from Bad Schandau to Hinterhermsdorf through the Kirnitzsch valley 

Two stages:

  • Bad Schandau to “Beuthenfall” (9 km)
  • “Beuthenfall” to “Neumann’s mill ” (7 km)

Signage along the path: green line on a white background
Total distance: 9 km, 92 information boards, walk can be broken off or paused at several stages, seven stops of the Kirnitzschtal tram and local buses pick you up and take you back to Bad Schandau

This nature trail dates back to 1958 and was the first of its kind in Saxon Switzerland. The information provided along the trial underlines the importance of the Kirnitzsch valley in terms of the region’s natural and cultural history. The walk along the stream has many facets and is a joy for nature lovers. There is a choice of several pubs along the way at which to have a bite to eat or rest your feet .

Hiking tours

Walkers and lovers of nature will find several walking trails around Bad Schandau to suit all fitness levels. 

Walk to Ostrau

Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours

Take the path from ‘Badallee’ via ‘Lutherweg’ or just step on the historic elevator that towers 50 metres above the Elbe and was built in 1905 by Rudolf Sendig.

Take in the views over the Elbe valley down to the Lilienstein mountain and continue past the lynx enclosure further torwards Ostrau. There are several good viewing points from which to to see the ‘Schrammsteine’ range. Ostrau also serves as a starting point for walking trails into the Schrammstein and Winterberg rock formations. Take ‘Luther’s path’ (Lutherweg) back into town, passing the ‘Wolfsberg’ to Postelwitz or the ‘Ostrauer Berg’ to Kirnitzsch valley.

Walking tour to the mountain ‘Großer Winterberg’ (552 m)

Day-tour

You start at Lichtenhain waterfall, follow the signs for ,Kuhstall’ and walk on to the small and big mountain of ,Winterberg’. At the top of  >>Großer Winterberg<< is a cosy pub to have a bite. Descend towards Schmilka and a bus, ferry or even local train back into Bad Schandau. You could even walk along the river Elbe from Schmilka to Bad Schandau. 

Walking tour to ‘Schrammsteine’ and ‘Winterberg’

Day-tour

Take the elevator from Bad Schandau up to Ostrau or walk from the town centre torwards Postelwitz, following signs for ‘Zahnsgrund’.  Pass the viewing point ‘Schrammsteinaussicht’, continue via ‘Gratweg’, ‘Reitsteig’ up to the ‘Großer Winterberg’ mountain. Return back to Bad Schandau either via Schmilka or walking past the ‘Kleine Winterberg’, ‘Kuhstall’, Lichtenhain waterfall to the Kirnitzschtal tram.

Walking tour to the Lilienstein

415 m high table mountain

Duration: 3 to 5 hours

Leave Bad Schandau in the direction of Rathmannsdorf, turn left towards Prossen; at the end of this little village follow the ‘Kanonenweg’ up to the Lilienstein. After a lot of steps and stairs you will be rewarded with panoramic views over Saxon Switzerland. Descend towards the village of ‘Ebenheit’ and continue towards the town of Koenigstein. Alternatively, you can take the ‘Lottersteig’, which leads you into the spa town of Rathen; from there, you can take the ferry, the train or walk back to base. If you want to use your car, you can drive up to the foot of Lilienstein via Waltersdorf. 

Walking tour to the Pfaffenstein

Duration: 3 hours 

Take the bus or your car to the village of Pfaffendorf or walk from Bad Schandau across the bridge towards Königstein, ascend via ‘Rietschgrund’ to the spa town of Gohrisch – and from there via ‘Pfaffendorfer Straße’ to Pfaffendorf. Ascend via the ‘needle’s eye’ “Nadeloehr” (more than 100 steep steps and ladders require a good level of fitness). The main attraction of this rock is the famous ‘Barbarine’, a lone-standing 35m high, slim rock. Legend has it that the ‘Barbarine’ is a maiden cursed and turned to stone by her mother, because she didn’t want to go to church. 

Walking to ‘Kaiserkrone’ and ‘Zirkelstein’

Go by train or ferry to Schmilka/Hirschmühle, follow the path ‘Aschersteig’ towards Schöna (or go by car up to Schoena and park here). Ascend the ‘Kaiserkrone’ or the ‘Zirkelstein’ and return via ‘Wolfsgraben’ to the villages of Reinhardtsdorf and Krippen and take the ferry from Krippen across to Bad Schandau. This tour offers magnificent views over Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland.

Walking tour to ‘Obere Schleuse’ and boat trip

Duration: 4 hours

Following the signs with the blue stripe: take bus no. 241 to Hinterhermsdorf/Buchenpark (GHs, P) or a car and park at ‘Buchenpark’. Walk along ‘Alter Hohweg’ to ‘Dachshöhlen’ (badgers’ den) to the boating stop at ‘Obere Schleuse’ at the German/Czech border. Take a barge trip (50 min.) and let the guide tell you about the area, its fauna and flora.

Following the signs with the red stripe: Hermannseck (footpath) 1.5 hours – steps up to ‘Schlegelhütte’ and ‘Wettinplatz’, 2 hours – Neuer Hohweg. Or ‘Lehmhübel’ to Hinterhermsdorf, a comfortable path (return home by bus or car) – 3 hours

Walking into Bohemian Switzerland

Duration:  4 to 6 hours 

Take the bus or ferry up to Schmilka and walk across the border to Hrensko (CZE). Walk up to the ‘Prebischtor’, Europe’s biggest natural stone gate (16 m high, 26.5 m wide), which was formed through centuries-long weathering of the sandstone. Exceptional views! Continue your walk to the village of Mezna and ‘Edmundsklamm’, take a romantic barge ride through the ‘still gorge’ and the ‘wild gorge’ (opened in 1890 and 1898 respectively). Return to Hrensko. We recommend the cycle path along the Elbe to Schöna. Alternatively, take the train. There is also a ferry connection to and from Hrensko. 

Ride on the Saxon Bohemian railway 

Duration: 3 to 6 hours 

This romantic train ride takes you through seven tunnels and across two viaducts. Starting at Bad Schandua or Rathmannsdorf, you will first pass through the quiet Sebnitz valley and arrive at Sebnitz. We recommend a visit to the local flower museum. You can also see  how decorative silk flowers are made by visiting the ‘Silk Flower Factory’ and walk back through the valleys of ‘Schwarzbach’ and ‘Sebnitz’ or take the train or bus back.

Alternatively, you could walk via ‘Hohe Straße’ to Lichtenhain, follow the ‘Hörnelweg’ to Lichtenhain waterfall, take the Kirnitzsch valley tram back to Bad Schandau.

Walking to ‘Große Zschirnstein’

The highest mountain in Saxon Switzerland – 562 m

Duration: 3 – 5 hours 

Take the bus from Bad Schandau or walk along the ‘Caspar-David-Friedrich-Weg’ to the village of Reinhardtsdorf and further on to the ‘Wolfsberg’. Then follow the ‘Salzleckenweg’, cross the ‘Schlosserhübelweg’ and walk through the woods to the ‘Große Zschirnstein (ca. 5km). Choose the northern ascent to reach ‘Schifferweg’, then follow left to ‘Hirschgrundweg’ which will take you to the village of Kleingießhübel (ca. 3 km). Return to Reinhardtsdorf via the idyllic ‘Wiesenweg’ (ca. 5 km) or ‘Dr.-Jacobi-Weg’ (ca. 3 km).

Walking trail ‘Flößersteig’

Duration: 4.5 hours 

Starting point: Bad Schandau, Kurpark – comfortable walking, sturdy boots recommended 
Ends at Neumann mill in Kirnitzsch valley 

Take the bus no. 241 from Bad Schandau to Hinterhermsdorf or the Kirnitzschtal.

Or walk from Bad Schandau to Beuthenfall (9 km) and from Beuthenfall to Neumann’s mill (7 km)

Follow the signs with the green stripe on white background, total distance: 9 km, with 92 information boards along the way
You can also hop on the tram for parts of this trip. The Kirnitzsch valley tram stops seven times along the Kirnitzsch valley where Neumann’s mill is situated. 

The path teaches the visitor about the tradition of raftsmen on the Elbe that started in 1958 and was the first of its kind in Saxon Switzerland. The information boards teach the importance of the Kirnitzsch valley. The walk along the stream takes you through a diverse landscape that shows nature at its best. There are several pubs along the way at which to rest your feet or have a bite. 

The Bad Schandau museum

The municipal museum of Bad Schandau provides you with an overview on local history of the town and the upper Elbe valley. Its permanent exhibition shows interesting details on the town’s history, the shipping history at the river Elbe, tourism and climbing.

Address:

Badallee 10
Tel.: (0049)3 50 22 / 4 21 73

Shipping history

Museum - Geschichte der SchifffahrtThe development of Bad Schandau is closely linked to the increase of industrial shipping along the River Elbe. Until the 19th Century, people pulled boats along on ropes with their bare hands from the river bank. When in 1837, the first steam paddler conquered the Elbe, the number of tourists visiting the valley rose sharply. The museum exhibits include tools for shipbuilding and the different models of ships at work on the Elbe. 

Tourism
The first iron-rich spring was detected at the Kirnitzsch valley in 1680. But it took more than a hundred years to erect a public bath house at the spot in 1799. Modern hotels  followed.  Museum Innenraum Rudolf Sendig built a number of smart hotels in Bad Schandau and so contributed to the touristic development of the town, which quickly attracted international guests. You also will learn at the museum how and when Bad Schandau got its title as a spa town as well as other interesting facts and figures about tourism. 

Climbing
Ausstellung zum BergsteigenBy 1850 active climbing in the Elbe Sandstone mountains had already begun. Early ascents employed tools such as ladders and steps, carved out of the rock. Such practices were cut out for the good of nature conservation from 1890. From that point on, only hooks and ropes where allowed to secure the climbers. More interesting facts covering more than 100 years of alpine history in Saxon Switzerland are revealed to the visitor at the museum in Bad Schandau.

Opening times:
May – October
Tuesday – Friday 2 pm – 5 pm
Saturday/Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
November – April
Tuesday – Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm
Fees:
Adults
Concessions *
Family ticket
3,00 €
2,50 €
4,00 €
* guest pass, children, disabled people