The mountain range Saxon Switzerland is located south-east of Dresden in Saxony, eastern Germany. With its bizarre rocky sandstones, table mountains, gorges, cliffs and valleys this fascinating landscape is unique in central Europe. With more than 700 summits and 1,100 free-standing sandstone rocks this spectacular region is a rock climber’s paradise. And if you like to keep your feet on the ground you can explore this area on hiking trails, such as the picturesque Malerweg (Painter’s Way), named after numerous artists who sought inspiration in the alluring and mythic landscape. The rock formation Bastei with its sandstone bridge is the major attraction in the National Park Saxon Switzerland and attracts around 1.5 million visitors a year.