Bad Schandau – Get the royal treatment in one of Europe’s oldest health resorts
Location: A Spa Resort by the Bank of the River Elbe
By the bank of the River Elbe at the mouth of the Kirnitzsch valley, lies the little town of Bad Schandau. Located in southern Saxony, it is six kilometers from the Czech border, and 33 kilometers south-east of Dresden. It consists of what is known as Old Town Schandau and five newer boroughs: Krippen, Postelwitz, Schmillea, Ostrau, and Porschdorf. A summer health resort since the 19th century, Bad Schandau is the smallest German town with its own tram service.
Culture: Rustic Charm Meets Luxurious Living
A resort town with a quaint, rustic charm, Bad Schandau offers the ultimate when it comes to rest and relaxation. One of Germany’s oldest health resorts, it is home to luxurious spas, a shopping district with some of Europe’s best-known brands, charming restaurants and cafes, and a lively center. What makes the town even more picturesque is it’s medieval past. Walking around Old Town Bad Schandau brings you right back into the Renaissance, with its broad archways, cobblestone streets, and market square. Sights worth seeing in Old Town are the Sendig Fountain, built in 1896; and the town hall, built in 1863. St. John’s Church, built in 1679, is also a sight to see. It boasts a baroque skylight turret, stained glass windows, and an altar made of sandstone by sculptor Hans Walther.
Activities: The Healing Power of Nature
There’s nothing more relaxing than being close to nature. Take a timeout from the spas and go on a trip to the Botanical Garden (Pflanzengarten Bad Schandau), which houses over 1,500 species of plants. The Saxon Switzerland National Park is also a must-see, with its sandstone formations, sprawling forests, and wildlife. Finally, the Lichtenhainer Waterfall will cure whatever kind of ennui you have, with it’s beautiful scenery and the sound of falling water.