Places I’ve Been: Bastei (Rathen, Germany)

Highly recommended if you are around Dresden or east Germany.

Bastei is a rock formation complex in Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland). Tall, slender rocks stand in the middle of a lush forest towering above river Elbe. One can stroll among the tops of the naturally formed rocks and also cross the two-hundred year old Bastei bridge.

The Bastei Bridge, popular landmark of the area.
Memorial plaque next to the bridge.
One of the Bastei rocks, standing over the Elbe valley.
The Bastei rocks became the inspiration for the painting “Felsenpartie im Elbsandsteingebirge” (by Caspar David Friedrich, 1822)

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