The Bastei, an impressive Rock formation

The “Bastei” in Saxony or Sächsische Schweiz, is an impressive sandstone formation and a natural monument. I saw this impressive Rock formation at a distance from the Königstein castle
Bastei, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony
Bastei, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony

Looking afar from the Königstein castle in Saxony

Bastei, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony
Bastei, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony

If you want to go there off the beaten track through the Saxon- Switzerland, then you should choose the path through the “Höllenschlund” gorge.

Bastei, Saxony
Bastei

Off the marked trail, an old path leads down to rock steps into the gorge, which is framed by huge sandstone cliffs and rich vegetation.

Bastei, Saxony, Sächsische Schweiz
Bastei, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony

Resting at the Elbe River looking up to the Bastei

Bastei, Saxony
Bastei, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony

Past the “Steinernen Bären” you can then return to the trail and enjoy the magnificent view from the Bastei across the Elbe Valley.

Bastei, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony
Bastei, Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony