August 11, 2017

Visit Germany: Bastei

Bastei, Deutschland
i used to grow up in one of big cities in Indonesia. it becomes normal to live in the middle of skyscrapers so i never have the thought of discovering any bridges that are beautiful, or anything magnificent. of course, i have always been a fan of nature. Indonesia’s great attractions are a fine blend of natural wonders, from highlands with active volcanoes, peaceful lakes, flowing waterfalls and forested mountains.

it was actually a rapid decision to go to the Bastei. we still have another two weeks off work and the weather does not cooperate the past days. it is kind of annoying too when you got great plans and cannot execute them such as picnicking. so we woke up one morning to made up our mind to go there.

i learn some interesting things about Bastei. actually, most of them are when it comes to Germany. like, how crazy it is that Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years?! it is a rock formation above the Elbe river and has been the famous one in Saxon Switzerland! this beautiful thing is formed by water erosion over one million years ago, which is mind-blowing!


Bastei - Location

they are located not far from Pirna southeast of the city of Dresden (near Rathen). as address you can enter 01847 Lohmen into navigation system. 

How to get there by car

when you reach this place you just have to follow the direction sign. after you exit Lohmen about 2 or 3 km, you will see a big parking lot. it is 50 minutes away from Bastei if you walk through forest, but it is also possible to take the bus shuttle from there but we have not tried it yet. you can park your car there about 3h for 3€. surprisingly there is also second parking lot that is very close to Bastei but it is pretty occupied as it is not too large.

Opening hours and entry fees

the area is not fenced, so there are no opening or closing times. everybody can visit the famous Bastei rock formations at any time of the year. Bastei including Bastei Bridge are also free of charge, only a small fee for the entrance to Felsenburg Neurathen within the compound.


Around Bastei

there is a snack bar nearby the second parking lot. we bought post cards there, Pommes and Bratwurst, which are good. if you want to enjoy typical local and international food you can visit the Panorama Restaurant. it is open daily from 10:00 am. next to it you will find Berghotel Bastei. 

from the Bastei Bridge you can enjoy view of the Elbe, a beautiful landscape, a little village and train track. it was a wonderful experience that no one will take from.



i am surprised of how great iphone camera is. i mean, look at this!


it was fantastic to discover such a magnificent place that is not so far away from my home. maybe there is some places you still gotta see around your neighborhood! 

i wish you guys a lovely day!

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