What’s In A Name?

With its highest peak rising to just 723m, Saxon Switzerland ain’t exactly the Alps. So how did the region get its name? Credit belongs to the Swiss. During the 18th century, the area’s romantic scenery, with its needle-nose pinnacles and craggy cliffs, lured countless artists from around the world. Among them were the Swiss landscape artist Adrian Zingg and his friend, the portraitist Anton Graff, who had been hired to teach at Dresden’s prestigious art academy. Both felt that the landscape very much resembled their homeland (the Swiss Jura) and voila, the phrase ‘Saxon Switzerland’ was born. Travel writers picked it up and so it remains to this day.