This German town was founded in the mid-13th century and meant to be a castle fortress. Today it is a popular tourist destination and a quiet little village with a backdrop of some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Rocky landscapes, resorts, national parks, and the river await you as you relax in this picturesque traditional Saxony town. Many couples come here on a romantic getaway to discover the wild and hiking trails as well as relax at one of the many bed and breakfasts or nice hotels in the region. Other adventures await with gondola rides, mountain paths, and even a model railway.
Location: In the Elbe Sandstone Mountains
Rathon can be found in Saxony, Germany, in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The major city, Dresden, is only 35 kilometers to the northwest of the town. It also sits on the Elbe River, making it even more popular among tourists. The border of the Czech Republic is just feet away, allowing for an even more adventurous excursion. In fact, a ferry operates in the area.
Culture: Spa, Parks, and Performances
In the Bastei rocks tourist area, you will find the popular place where people come to partake in the state-recognized climactic spa. The many springs in the area offer a way to relax and unwind in a peaceful and natural environment. Heal your body of its ailment and loosen your muscles. If you're here with a loved one it can add to the romance of your trip. A hike through this area will also lead you eventually to the Saxon Switzerland National Park, arguably giving the best view in this region of Europe. Sticking with the natural theme, there is also a stunning natural theatre. Rathen Open-Air Stage offers concerts, musicals, and other performances in front of the breathtaking Bastei massif.
Activities: Natural Beauty All Around and Castle Ruins
There is no doubt that what draws people to this small village of 400 inhabitants is the landscape. It calls to sportsmen and everyone alike, offering amazing sights no matter where you look. If you're looking to have an adventure while here in Rathen, try hiking through one of the many trails. You can choose a picturesque view of the lake or trek through the jagged rocks above the city. For more activities in and around the Elbe River, check out the paddle boats, the cycling route, or a gondola ride. The 100-year-old paddle steamer can also provide a relaxing, all-encompassing view of the landscape. Don't forget to pay a visit to Burg Altrathen, the ruins of the former castle that have been used to build a modern, romantic version of the original.