Saxon Switzerland and the incorporated resort of Silver Street is a popular hill climbing area to be found to the far south-east of Germany, within the Saxony region. It may come as a surprise to discover that despite the name, the area is actually close to the border with the Czech Republic and nowhere near that of Switzerland. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Saxon Switzerland will find that there is a great choice of self catering holidays rental accommodation available within this unspoilt corner of Germany, mainly in the form of cottages and timber chalets.
Due to the region’s spectacularly scenic landscape, Saxon Switzerland draws a large number of tourists who are looking to enjoy an active, at-one-with-nature type of holiday. There are over 14,000 climbing routes, criss-crossing the region’s 1000-odd peaks and deep hollows, which can be enjoyed on foot, bicycle or horseback. The region is also dotted with a number of historic landmarks, the most notable being Konigstein fortress and Neurathen and Wehlen castles. The might Elbe River, which cuts through the centre of Saxon Switzerland, provides water sports enthusiasts with the ideal conditions to enjoy a spot of kayaking, rafting and freshwater fishing.
As a complete contrast to the great outdoors, many visitors enjoying their holidays in Saxon Switzerland may also wish to spend some time sightseeing in the nearby major German city of Dresden. The long and fascinating history of the city is reflected in the wonderfully diverse architecture to be found within its centre. Often referred to as the ‘Jewel Box’, Dresden boasts numerous architecturally and historically impressive buildings and landmarks, in mainly baroque and rococo styles. Particular draws are Dresden Castle, Hofkirche church and Pillnitz Castle.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Saxon Switzerland will find that the region has a typically continental type climate. This means that summers can be mild, with temperatures averaging around 21 degrees, whilst winters can become very cold, with temperatures often dropping to an average of -2 degrees Celsius. Saxon Switzerland receives an average annual rainfall of around 22 inches, much of which will fall as snow in the winter months.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Saxon Switzerland will first fly to Dresden Airport (DRS). Lufthansa Airlines operate regular direct flights here from London Heathrow (LHR).