Saxony Switzerland: Side Trip From Dresden
To be honest, we allowed ourselves too much time in Dresden so a day trip to the Saxon Switzerland National Park was just what we needed to fill our time. Easily accessible by train, we bought a family day pass for 19€ and hopped on at the Dresden Hauptbahnhof. I wanted to hike near the Bastei bridge, so we got off at the Rathen stop, walked down to the river and ferried across to the other side (1.80€ roundtrip). Once on the other side, we walked about 5 minutes through town then followed the signs to the Bastei Bridge. It's a 45 minute family friendly hike.
Once back down we walked over to the lake and rented a paddle boat for 30 minutes. It was such a glorious day!
Disappointed with Pirna we scoured the map to find another place we could stop along the way back to Dresden, this led us to Schloss Pillnitz. Only 30 minutes south of Dresden on bus 63, it is very easy to find and with lovely gardens it's a pleasant way to spend a few hours. The palace was once the summer residence of the royal family, but time and war have taken their toll, only a few rooms feel grand.
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