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Bastei and the Swedish Pits

Martin Gregor
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Circuit around Bastei
Inserted: 27.10.2017
Author: Martin Jack Gregor © gigaplaces.com
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Bastei the most popular place in Saxon Switzerland. It is in a very specially protected area near the village of Kurort Rathen, where cars are strictly forbidden. Everyone gets here thanks to the ferry. There is a beautiful 76 meter long bridge over the Elbe canyon and near it are the Swedish pits, which are secluded thanks to this monument, but are still beautiful.

Circuit around Bastei

Bastei and the Swedish Pits

We arrived in Kurort Rathen by some other train, for example by car, but we can get to the other bank only by ferry. As there is a strict ban on cars on the other bank, as is the case in Zermatt pod Matterhorn. I recommend going here by 8 o'clock in the morning. Because then clouds of tourists pour in here. The way up is quite challenging, it is necessary to conquer the Elbe canyon, where the rocks rise some 180 meters from the level of the Elbe. It is challenging for the less able. Along the way there are several balconies with beautiful views of the surroundings and the dominant rock, which I named Two Indians. It is a short distance from this rock. According to the latest information, the Bastei bridge is not allowed. This should be the last 2 years. The reason is the poor condition of the rocks and there is a risk of collapse. There are also several snacks by the bridge. Here one has two options. Go back the same way or continue to the parking lot and from here the trail begins, where you can walk through the Swedish pits. We go through a beautiful pass of rocks, which we know from Adršpach, Prachovky or other parts of the Bohemian Paradise. They are much less frequented and I like it much more. The trail ends at Amselsee and from there back to Kurort Rathen, where I can already observe the crowds of people coming here.

Ferry after 7 o'clock

We leave nicely in the morning and we are the only ones on board the ferry.

Ferry after 7 o'clock
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Road to Bastei

The road to Bastaste is mercilessly up

Road to Bastei
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Panoramic views

The path offers beautiful panoramic views of the other Table Mountains.

Panoramic views
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For two Indians
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For two Indians

I don't know that this rock has a name, but from this point of view, I named it Two Indians. I see on them profiles of two heads of Indians.

Bastei

Here on an empty bridge. Thanks for leaving early in the morning.

Bastei
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View of Bastei

This place offers beautiful scenery.

View of Bastei
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View of Bastei

A second view from the same perspective.

View of Bastei
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Descent through the Swedish pits

We're going down the Swedish pits

Descent through the Swedish pits
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The rocks turn into a pass here

Towards the end, the rocks turn into a narrow pass between the rocks

The rocks turn into a pass here
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The beauty of the rocks
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The beauty of the rocks

Walking through these places is very beautiful

Retrospect

This is a look back at the Swedish pits

Retrospect
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Amselsee

Beautiful calm lake

Amselsee
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Ferry around 12 o'clock

We are already returning to the ferry and at 12 o'clock the ferry will crack.

Ferry around 12 o'clock
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