Welcome to Bastei


The Bastei is the most popular spot in Saxon Switzerland National Park (Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz), so crowds are guaranteed unless you get here before 10am or after 4pm. Weekends and any day in summer will be busy, and an easy way to escape the crowds is by hitting the hiking trail. A 5km loop leads from the car park to the Schwedenlöcher, a hideout where local troops dodged the advancing Swedes during the Thirty Years' War (1618–48).


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$184.19 Day Trips & Excursions

Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park from Prague

After your early morning pick-up from your Prague hotel, you will learn about Czech countryside history, its people and habits while driving to the national park. Escape the hustle of the city with this full day trip and enjoy the beauty of Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland National Parks and spend a day in nature with your local guide in a small group of 1 to 8 people.Bohemian Switzerland National Park is certified as a 'European Destination of Excellence' by the European Commission. Visit places where scenes from the Chronicles of Narnia movie were filmed, hike or stroll to explore the beauty of the park and get enchanted by the unspoiled nature of sandstone canyons, lush forests and majestic rock pillars. See one of the most beautiful natural pearls of Europe!Enjoy this unique location and explore the park at your own preference by choosing your favorite tour option: Bohemian Switzerland National Park Easy Tour - boat ride & Bastei gives you a great overview of two national parks in one day. Kick back and relax as your tour takes you through the parks to the best viewpoints such as the Bastei bridge overlooking the monumental Elbe canyon with the Neurathen rock fortress ruins around. Then enjoy a serene dinghy ride in the first zone of the national park, the Gorges of Kamenice river canyon. Easy and effortless 7 km walking tour with delicious lunch included. Bohemian Switzerland National Park Pravcicka Gate Hike & Boats takes you to the biggest sandstone arch in Europe and the symbol of the national park, the Pravcicka Brana. You will enjoy great views onto Germany and the surrounding sandstone mountains. Next you will visit the popular Gorges of Kamenice for a dinghy ride through a pristine river canyon. 15 km moderate hiking tour for an active day out with lunch in a local restaurant included. Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Bastei and Gate Winter Hike is your only chance to see the two greatest symbols of two national parks during the winter time. This mid-challenging hike will take you to the amazing Bastei bridge in Saxon Switzerland with spectacular table mountain views around and you will also see the largest natural arch on the continent - the Pravcicka Gate. All in one day and with lunch in a local Czech restaurant included. Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Bastei & Tisa Winter Walk is an easier option to visit two national parks during a winter day. You can feel like in a movie as we will take you to Tisa rocks where the Chronicles of Narnia movie was filmed. Then you will visit the Bastei bridge in Germany with spectacular views to the Elbe canyon. Visit two countries in one day. Bohemian Switzerland Snow & Icefalls Winter tour  is your chance to see unique frozen ice-falls in the national park !

$184.19 Day Trips & Excursions

Elbe Canyon, Bastei Sandstone Bridge Tour from Prague

Once you are comfortably picked up at your hotel, you will leave Prague in a small group of 1-8 people. En-route, your tour guide will point out natural landmarks you are passing during this 2 hrs drive and introduce you to the Czech countryside. Your first stop will be the "Tisa rocks" national natural monument, located at the heart of the natural reserve "Elbe Sandstones". Your guide will lead you through narrow passages and along bizarre stone pillars, reminding you of a fairy tale-land. It is no wonder that scenes from the famous fantasy movie "Chronicles of Narnia" were filmed here. You will have enough time to slowly explore the area and access the tops of the rocks to enjoy the great views. Afterwards, get ready to enjoy a traditional Czech lunch at an excellent local restaurant where you can try typical Czech meals. Selection of dishes cooked from local ingredients and also great beer from a local mini-brewery will give you just enough energy for the second part of your tour.Your guide will then take you on a 45-minute drive to the German side of the Elbe Sandstones and finally arrive to the "Bastei", an iconic rock-formation, fortress and a stone-bridge high above the river Elbe. An easy walk will take you to the main viewpoints overlooking the huge Elbe canyon with table mountains all around. You will also see the Königstein, a big fortress on the opposite side and with a good weather you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from this place as well. Make your way back to Prague in the evening and arrive back in the city around 7 p.m, full of experiences from a day spent in outdoors.

$185.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Pravcicka Gate Winter Tour from Prague

Take your chance and enjoy winter time in amazing and scenic national park with this transfer from Prague.Your professional driver will collect you from central Prague and then travel with you to the national park Bohemian-Saxon Switzerland to visit monumental rock gate "Pravcicka brana" and the fascinating "Bastei" bridge high above the Elbe canyon in Germany. You will see breathtaking viewpoints and gaze down to sandstone mountains during a trip over 2 countries in one day !On our way to the national park we will talk about Czechs in general, local food and habits and you will learn some important facts to understand region you will be visiting - the Northern Bohemia. After arriving to small cozy village Hrensko we will start our 5 km moderate hike to the highlight of the area - "Pravcicka brana" arch. You can enjoy snow-covered (subject to weather) trail with no worries as our local guide will be with you leading the way.Excursion to viewpoints around the 15 meters tall Gate is the first highlight of the tour and you will have enough time to explore the site thoroughly and see all the viewpoints.Then we will have a tasty lunch in a typical Czech restaurant so you can feel like a real local. Lunch includes main course and drink and we will help you to choose some specialties on the menu.Next we take you to Germany and arrive right to the spectacular "Bastei" bridge high above the local river. The site provides the best view on the huge sandstone Elbe canyon in the whole region and is our second highlight. Catching a winter sunset here (subject to weather) is a cherry on a cake of this amazing-views-focused tour.Our trip ends at approximately around 6-7pm by taking you back to your starting point.