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What to do in the area

Saxon Switzerland is blessed with a fortunate geography, both in terms of the landscape that developed over millions of years and also its central location at the heart of three historically important cities: Dresden and Leipzig in Germany and Prague in the Czech Republic. If Dresden if a little over half an hour away by car or train and Leipzig a further hour beyond, then Prague is about an hour and a half in the opposite direction through Swiss Bohemia, an extension of the landscape that typifies the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Since the start of 2008, there are no border controls.  Just beyond Dresden is Meissen, famous for its porcelain - the first European hard-paste porcelain ever made – and developed since 1708.

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Both Dresden and Prague have a vast array of cultural and historical attractions, a diverse choice of concerts, both classical and contemporary, excellent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. For those travellers who wish to combine walking in the beautiful national parks and along the Painter’s Way with a city break in Dresden or Prague, Haus of Lords makes the perfect base. If the car or train are not for you when heading to Dresden, try the paddle-steam boat along the River Elbe.  Bad Schandau pier is a 15- to 20-minute walk from the Haus. The slow boat takes you on a leisurely six-hour return tour with dinner onboard. And if you’re feeling more energetic, why not cycle: you can bike along the Elbe all the way to the Saxon capital past towering sandstone cliffs and through a lush landscape and some of the prettiest riverside villages in Germany. If you can’t bring your own bike, we have bicycles for hire at a modest price.

Besides the nearest towns of Bad Schandau and Koenigstein and a hill-top fortress that affords panoramic views that take the breath away, there are numerous Spas and clinics nearby that offer treatments and rehabilitation programmes. We can provide a steer for those interested in finding out more about spas and clinics, whether the intention is to be pampered or to enhance health through cure. For children, there is an adventure park and several lidos with giant slides just a short drive away from the Haus.


Follow the links to find a calendar of events in the area.

Trip to Dresden Dresden Trip to Bad Schandau Bad Schandau
Trip toPrag Prag Trip to Königstein Königstein
Trip toPirna Pirna walking Walking
Trip to Gohrisch Gohrisch Wellness Wellness

Gohrisch

There are dozens of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, two lidos (Gohrisch and Cunnersdorf) and myriad trails, treks and footpaths to choose from in the Gohrisch area. Most of them afford magnificent views of Saxon Switzerland’s trademark sandstone rock stacks and cliffs that frame the landscape. Gohrisch holds official Spa-town status and boasts a certificate of superior air quality. The Painter’s Way, a 112km trail that in 2007 voted Germany’s most beautiful walking path, runs through the area.

Königstein

... is 15 minutes away by car or bus (No. 244, from a stop just a two-minute walk from Haus of Lords). The small town of Koenigstein is worth strolling through on the way to what is a truly impressive hilltop fortress. The battlements rise from the sandstone cliffs that tower above the River Elbe. The first documented reference to the fortress dates back to 1233. Exhibitions take you on a tour of history, after which you can find a cosy corner in one of the old-world cafes and restaurants housed in the fortress buildings. If you are travelling to the area in the festive season, Dresden’s Christmas market is not to be missed and the historic, mediaeval Christmas market held inside the walls of the Koenigstein fortress is a must. www.festung-koenigstein.de

For families, there’s much fun to be had at the Elbe-Freizeitland  adventure park on the banks of the Elbe. The list of thrills includes rock climbing for children, giant trampolines and go-cart racing.

Bad Schandau

This pretty little town is about 10 minutes by car or 20 minutes by foot to the ferry that crosses the Rover Elbe. This spa town has  a fair few spas and clinics  offering cures for a variety of conditions. The Thoskana Therme – a public spa with indoor and outdoor pools, various saunas, steam rooms and a restaurant – offers a fine day of fun and pampering. Those who seek a more luxurious experience should head to the Day-Spa at the town’s five-star-hotel, the Hotel Elbresidenz. Bad Schandau has a picturesque town centre with an historic church, market square and several alleyways of shops to wander through. A lookout tower perched high above the River Elbe can be accessed via a lift a short walk away from the High Street.

Walking

Saxon Switzerland has some 1,200 km of trails, treks and footpaths, and is the birth place of free climbing. Around 1,100 rocky outcrops are there to be conquered. Given that there has been very little written in English about the region and its walking treks and trails, we have collated some recommended tours for our guests. Our guides take you to beauty spots,and rocky outcrops through wooded hills that offer myriad opportunities for picnics, photography, painting, sketching or simply taking in the tranquility and beauty of the landscape and the rich sound of the woods. The starting point in all our potted tours is the Haus of Lords. The guides are available in English and are free of charge to our guests. You may also borrow walking maps of the area. You can find further information in English on the official website of the Saxonian-Swiss tourist board  (www.saechsische-schweiz.de).

Spas and therapeutic treatments

If its pampering that you seek, we may recommend Toskana Therme in Bad Schandau, with its indoor and outdoor pools, various saunas and its Liquid Sound Pool (www.toskana-therme.de). More exclusive is the Day Spa in Saxon-Switzerland’s only five-star hotel, the Elbresidenz in Bad Schandau. It offers saunas, ayuverdic massages, beauty treatments and much more. We are also more than happy to help to put you in touch with local beauticians,  physiotherapists and clinics offering a variety of services and treatments.

Neue Bauerngasse 38, 01824 Gohrisch, OT Kleinhennersdorf, GERMANY - Phone: 0049 35028/86 89 70 - info@hausoflords.de