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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$179.32 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 !

$179.32 Day Trips & Excursions

Elbe Canyon, Bastei Sandstone Bridge Tour from Prague

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tiske stEnyYour 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. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bohemian Switzerland National ParkNext stop on your tour is a tasty á la carte lunch in a local restaurant "U Forta" located in the heart of the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, Czech Republic. You can have anything from the menu, one main course and one drink. Vegetarian and vegan options included. The restaurant is an excellent foodie choice and many travelers rate it better than some Prague restaurants ! Local draft beer Cvikov is an excellent choice.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Bastei BridgeAfter a tasty lunch the guide will take you to the German side of the Saxon Switzerland National Park, to the "Bastei", an iconic rock-formation, medieval times 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. With a good weather you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from this place as well. Duration: 2 hours

$180.48 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Pravcicka Gate & Bastei Bridge Winter Tour from Prague

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pravcicka branaThe biggest sandstone arch in the whole Europe - the Pravcicka Gate is our first stop on this tour. Enjoy a 3 hours long winter hike through the First Zone - the most protected part of the National park Bohemian Switzerland, Czech Republic. Reach amazing viewpoints, stroll around unique sandstone formations and take advantage of no crowds on this famous natural site during the winter season.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Bohemian Switzerland National ParkNext stop on your tour is a tasty á la carte lunch in a local restaurant "U Forta" located in the heart of the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, Czech Republic. You can have anything from the menu, one main course and one drink. Great vegetarian and vegan options are included. The restaurant is an excellent foodie choice and many travelers rate it better than some Prague restaurants ! Local draft beer Cvikov is an excellent choice.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Bastei BridgeAfter a tasty lunch your guide will take you to the German side of the Saxon Switzerland National Park, to the "Bastei", an iconic rock-formation, medieval times 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. With a good weather you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from this place as well. Duration: 2 hours

$208.24 Spa Tours

Small-Group Saxon Switzerland NP Easy Tour & Unlimited Thermal Baths

Our first stop of the day will be The Bastei rock formation, which is located only 2hrs from Prague. When we arrive it is just a ten-minute walk before you are met by some breathtaking views over the Elbe canyon and river. From here you will be able to walk across the famous Bastei Bridge and explore the ruins of the old Neurathen fortress (from the 13th century). Here you will also see an abundance of incredible sandstone pillars which are part of The Elbe Sandstone Mountains, a key part of Saxon Switzerland’s unique beauty.The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are extremely popular amongst hikers, climbers and mountain bikers all of whom love to relax in Toskana Therme in Bad Schandau where they can receive pampering and relaxation all year round. Come with us and enjoy the same experience as those local adventurers.  Marvel at the colorful lights, underwater music and moving projections of the ‘Liquid Sound Temple’ or relax in the warm of one of the multiple saunas. This truly is an incredible experience for all the senses.Look forward to 2hrs UNLIMITED relaxation and enjoy:Toskana Therme – Spa Bad Schandau – Water World which includes 4 indoor pools with massage loungers, open-air pool with amazing views, massage jets in all pools, whirlpool, children’s pool with a small slide, Current channelLiquid Sound® Temple with thermal saline water, underwater music, and 360° dome visual projectionsMultiple saunas, steam bath and Turkish bath (700sqm) – Laconium, Cistern, Herbal bath, Sweat room, Ore sauna, Panorama sauna, Quiet and cooling down areasRestaraunt & CafeBeach bar

$127.26 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Custom Full day tour Saxon Switzerland Easy Tour&Unlimited Thermal Baths

Our first stop of the day will be The Bastei rock formation, which is located only 2hrs from Prague. When we arrive it is just a ten-minute walk before you are met by some breathtaking views over the Elbe canyon and river. From here you will be able to walk across the famous Bastei Bridge and explore the ruins of the old Neurathen fortress (from the 13th century). Here you will also see an abundance of incredible sandstone pillars which are part of The Elbe Sandstone Mountains, a key part of Saxon Switzerland’s unique beauty.The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are extremely popular amongst hikers, climbers and mountain bikers all of whom love to relax in Toskana Therme in Bad Schandau where they can receive pampering and relaxation all year round. Come with us and enjoy the same experience as those local adventurers.  Marvel at the colorful lights, underwater music and moving projections of the ‘Liquid Sound Temple’ or relax in the warm of one of the multiple saunas. This truly is an incredible experience for all the senses.Look forward to 2hrs UNLIMITED relaxation and enjoy:Toskana Therme – Spa Bad Schandau – Water World which includes 4 indoor pools with massage loungers, open-air pool with amazing views, massage jets in all pools, whirlpool, children’s pool with a small slide, Current channelLiquid Sound® Temple with thermal saline water, underwater music, and 360° dome visual projectionsMultiple saunas, steam bath and Turkish bath (700sqm) – Laconium, Cistern, Herbal bath, Sweat room, Ore sauna, Panorama sauna, Quiet and cooling down areasRestaraunt & CafeBeach bar

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