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Saxon Switzerland / Eastern Ore Mountains

From the montane region to the national park
One of the most beautiful parts of the Saxon STEAM RAILWAY ROUTE runs south of Dresden along the daily operated steam-driven Weißeritztalbahn railway to the Eastern Ore Mountains, then continuing up to the crest of the Ore Mountains, to the town of Altenberg, through the wild romantic Müglitztal valley and down to the town of Heidenau.

From there the Route turns into the Saxon Switzerland, a unique sandstone mountain range that has been declared a national park. So we suggest you first explore the eastern part of the Ore Mountains, with their one-of-a-kind montane region. It is the largest landscape conservation area (440 square kilometres/170 square miles) in the Free State of Saxony, offering its visitors pristine nature and vernacular architecture. This mountain range derives its name especially from the silver ore mining that was done here.

Yet since the early days of narrow gauge railways, tourism has also developed in this region. Charming spa and health resorts, offering a variety of bed and breakfast accommodation, country inns and sights, were created. Restful hiking trails were built, and countless opportunities for sporting activities that are fun for the whole family were created. In the picturesque Saxon Switzerland, you will be impressed not only by the sandstone rock formations but also by the idyllic holiday destinations or the health resort, Bad Schandau, with its extraordinary spa facilities, or the popular Elbe bike trail. All this will guarantee you a wonderful holiday, where nothing will be missing. Admirers of historic means of transport can enjoy a tour on the Elbe river, on a boat of the world's largest fleet of paddle steamers, or on a historic tram running through the Kirnitzschtal valley. In addition, the Netzwerk Bahnerlebnis Sächsische Schweiz network provides offers for railway adventure trips on different gauges.
 

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Stations and Partners

Interessengemeinschaft (IG) Weißeritztalbahn (a railway interest group)

Interessengemeinschaft
01705 Freital

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MRB Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn (middle German regional railway)

Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn

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Weißeritztalbahn - SDG mbH railway company

SDG Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft mbH - Weißeritztalbahn
01468 Moritzburg

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District town of Freital

Große Kreisstadt Freital
01705 Freital

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Interessengemeinschaft (IG) Weißeritztalbahn (a railway interest group)

Interessengemeinschaft
01705 Freital

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Weißeritztalbahn - SDG mbH railway company

SDG Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft mbH - Weißeritztalbahn
01468 Moritzburg

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Rabenauer Mühle hotel & restaurant

Hotel & Restaurant Rabenauer Mühle
01734 Rabenau

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Interessengemeinschaft (IG) Weißeritztalbahn (a railway interest group)

Interessengemeinschaft
01705 Freital

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Weißeritztalbahn - SDG mbH railway company

SDG Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft mbH - Weißeritztalbahn
01468 Moritzburg

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Altenberg Health Resort

Tourist-Info-Büro Altenberg
01773 Altenberg

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Lugsteinhof Hotel

Hotel Lugsteinhof
01773 Altenberg OT Zinnwald-Georgenfeld

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Hotel zum Bären

HOTEL ZUM BÄREN
01773 Oberbärenburg

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Waldschänke „Altes Raupennest“

Waldschänke „Altes Raupennest“
01773 Altenberg

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Städtebahn Sachsen/Saxon Regional Rail

Städtebahn Sachsen GmbH
01067 Dresden

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Altenberg Health Resort

Tourist-Info-Büro Altenberg
01773 Altenberg

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Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (Upper Elbe Transport Association), Dresden

Verkehrsverbund
01127 Dresden

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Lugsteinhof Hotel

Hotel Lugsteinhof
01773 Altenberg OT Zinnwald-Georgenfeld

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Hotel zum Bären

HOTEL ZUM BÄREN
01773 Oberbärenburg

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Waldschänke „Altes Raupennest“

Waldschänke „Altes Raupennest“
01773 Altenberg

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Städtebahn Sachsen/Saxon Regional Rail

Städtebahn Sachsen GmbH
01067 Dresden

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Altenberg Health Resort

Tourist-Info-Büro Altenberg
01773 Altenberg

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Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (Upper Elbe Transport Association), Dresden

Verkehrsverbund
01127 Dresden

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Lugsteinhof Hotel

Hotel Lugsteinhof
01773 Altenberg OT Zinnwald-Georgenfeld

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Hotel zum Bären

HOTEL ZUM BÄREN
01773 Oberbärenburg

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Waldschänke „Altes Raupennest“

Waldschänke „Altes Raupennest“
01773 Altenberg

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Städtebahn Sachsen/Saxon Regional Rail

Städtebahn Sachsen GmbH
01067 Dresden

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Transport Federation Upper-Lusatia – Lower-Silesia (ZVON)

Verkehrsverbund Oberlausitz- Niederschlesien GmbH (ZVON GmbH)
02625 Bautzen

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Eisenbahnwelten garden model railway layout in Kurort Rathen health resort (in Saxon Switzerland)

Eisenbahnwelten im Kurort Rathen
01824 Kurort Rathen

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Kirnitztschtalbahn (tram) – OVPS GmbH (Public Transport Company)

Regionalverkehr Sächsische Schweiz-
01814 Bad Schandau

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Elbsandsteingebirge - Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland Tourism Association)

Tourismusverband
01796 Pirna

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Schwarzbachbahn railway

Schwarzbachbahn e. V.
01812 Bad Schandau

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Schwarzbachbahn railway

Schwarzbachbahn e. V.
01812 Bad Schandau

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Städtebahn Sachsen/Saxon Regional Rail

Städtebahn Sachsen GmbH
01067 Dresden

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Tillig Modellbahnen (model railway manufacturer)

TILLIG Modellbahnen GmbH
01855 Sebnitz

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Förderverein Edle Krone e.V. support association

Förderverein Edle Krone e.V.
01774 Klingenberg OT Edle Krone

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Historical Stations