The Bastei Bridge in Saxony ft. Pouring Rain.

This year Niklas and I have been to the very south of Germany, the very North of Germany and now we are about to write about our time at the very east of Germany. We just need to visit the west at some point too, to complete our journey. This particular trip to the east was to the Bastei Bridge in Saxony. We didn’t have a lot of time here, only a quick weekend, but we saw most of what we wanted to see. So come on the journey with us as we hike up the Bastei Bridge in Saxony.

Saxony, Elbsandsteingebirge, Bastei, Bridge, Saxon Switzerland

We travelled on the Thursday passing the Bastei Bridge in Saxony, from the train, and after a lot of delays we made it to our hotel. The location of our hotel was great. Just over the road from Parkhotel is an elevator which takes you up into a forests where you can start so many different hiking trails. However, let us focus on the Friday. We took this day to go see the Bastei Bridge in Saxony.

Saxony, Elbsandsteingebirge, Bastei, Bridge, Saxon Switzerland

So what is the Bastei Bridge in Saxony, well it is a bunch of rock formations which attracted tourists since forever. Well, this bunch of rocks is actually a towering formation which is 194 meters above the Elbe River. The people that lived back then in 1824 decided to build a wooden bridge to connect the different rocks, others put up hut shops for the weary travellers. Fast forward to 1851 when they remade the wooden bridge into a sandstone bridge, which the rocks are made out of. Cool little bit of history for you there.

Saxony, Elbsandsteingebirge, Bastei, Bridge, Saxon Switzerland

Anyway, we woke up the Friday and enjoyed our inclusive breakfast at the hotels restaurant. Which was delicious! If you go there, try the vanilla Rooibos tea. Then, dressing up as warm and as waterproof as we could, we braved the day. Mind you, it wasn’t supposed to rain until the late afternoon. When you travel to Dresden, and further to Bad Schandau, Saxony, you will be met by the River Elbe. This river is stunning, however, for public transport, a bit of  a nuisance. We had to first get a ferry across to the train, then the train to opposite Bastei, then again a ferry across to the start of the hiking trail.

Saxony, Elbsandsteingebirge, Bastei, Bridge, Saxon Switzerland

By this time, it started to rain! Lightly at first, and so we could enjoy our walk up the mountain. Niklas could stop and take pictures with ease and we didn’t have to jump over puddles. As the day progressed, we became more and more soaked in rain. I didn’t have waterproof boots, but I had an umbrella. Niklas had waterproof boots but no umbrella. Together we were a fully drenched person, and a fully dry person. Sadly we were both a half wet person each. Anyway, this does not take away from the stunning views we had.

The Bastei Bridge in Saxony

There are many different hiking trails you can take when you are in this area. Some lead to waterfalls, some are just great for a light stroll with your dog. Mentioning dogs, there were a few that braved the Bastei trail with us, including the pouring rain. Once you are near the Bastei Bridge in Saxony, however, there is a little detour you can take to a look out point. Here you will find shelter from the rain, as well as a breathtaking view over the Elbe to the left and right. This was a perfect spot for a sandwich before we ventured on to the bridge.

Saxony, Elbsandsteingebirge, Bastei, Bridge, Saxon Switzerland

Just around the corner from the lookout point was this magnificent sandstone bridge. At first there weren’t too many people, and we even met a friendly Taiwanese man who asked to take a picture of Niklas and I. As the day progressed, the amount of people started to increase. No amount of rain and wind could keep them away. After all, if you only have a day to see the Bastei Bridge in Saxony, you won’t let the weather keep you away.

All in all, this was a wonderful day. The rain was annoying especially as my feet got wetter and wetter. But when you see the view, it is all worth it. We were even lucky enough to have some fog come and make the scenery moody, perfect for photographs. Sadly, at some stage the fog engulfed the landscape and we could hardly see anything. By this time, we had taken most the photos we have wanted to, so it wasn’t too much of a big a deal.

Saxony, Elbsandsteingebirge, Bastei, Bridge, Saxon Switzerland

After our trip, we went back from whence we came. Firstly walking down the now extremely muddy and slippery path to the ferry that somehow, with rope and the flow of the river, moves across from a – b without using it’s engine. There was also no shelter from the rain on the ferry. I forgot to mention, I didn’t want to take an umbrella at first, but Niklas insisted and I was so glad he did!

After the ferry we again made our way to the S-Bahn (train) for our 10 minute journey to Bad Schandau. Again, here we had to take a ferry across to our hotel. Then walk a few meters till we were back to where the rain couldn’t get to us. The journey really didn’t take that long, and is easily accessible, you just need to be aware of ferry times so not to be stuck outside in the rain. Fortunately, it doesn’t rain every single day, so maybe you are lucky, when you go, and see a beautiful sunshiny day.

Saxony, Elbsandsteingebirge, Bastei, Bridge, Saxon Switzerland

So what to take on the hike with you:

Firstly, let’s have a look at the weather. When ever you go hiking it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the weather, not just by looking outside, but also checking online. It could look like a stunning day, just to stab you in the back and turn into a monsoon.

Walking boots.

Waterproof if possible. However, this is weather dependable. Regardless though, it is advisable to take shoes with a good grip. You wouldn’t want to be sliding around the place pretending to be a pro ice skater. Save that for the ice skating rink.

Breathable clothing.

I went in my wonderful winter jacket from H&M. I looked good, but I was sweating like a pig. As soon as I did any movement I could feel how restricting my clothes were. Fun fact: when you wear breathable clothing you shouldn’t wear cotton underneath. These two fight against each other and make the outer layer redundant. I have since bought myself a 3 in 1 jacket. Can’t wait to test it out in Scotland on our next winter trip.

Waterproofs.

Even if the forecast says it will be sunny all day, it is better safe than sorry. You can buy handy foldaway waterproofs of nearly anything! So give amazon a little brows for these.

Food.

Remember to take human fuel. Snacks like bananas are great. They have enough energy to keep you going, so do mars bars, but Niklas never lets me eat chocolate. Just as important as the food is water! Even when you don’t feel thirsty, it is a good idea to take a few sips every now and again to keep your body hydrated and working to full capacity.

Saxony, Elbsandsteingebirge, Bastei, Bridge, Saxon Switzerland

The end of the Bastei Bridge in Saxony. Have you been here? Let us know! Do you want to go here? Let us know!

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