Time is now 2/26/2021, 10:38:04 AM
  • TRAVEL NOTICE: Learn more about COVID-19
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
  • Find a Cruise
  • Deals
  • Excursions
  • More

Cruises to Saxon

Saxon Switzerland National Park (Photo: Mike Mareen/Shutterstock.com)

About Saxon

Sandstone pillars, deep green forests and acres of wildflowers combine to make Saxon Switzerland National Park near Dresden, Germany, a popular destination for nature lovers, hikers and climbers. The region along the Elbe River spans the German and Czech Republic border, and sailing through here provides some of an Elbe River cruise's most spectacular scenery.

It was first referred to as Saxon Switzerland in the 18th century when two Swiss artists, Adrian Zingg and Anton Graff, coined the phrase while attending the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. The area reminded them of their homeland, the Swiss Jura. Soon other painters and lovers of romantic nature made their way here. After two books about Saxon Switzerland were published, the area became a popular tourist destination. In the beginning, guides and chair carriers brought visitors here. The arrival of steam shipping in 1837, followed by a railway line in 1851, opened the area for mass tourism.

On itineraries, the Saxon Switzerland stop is occasionally listed as Bad Schandau. While the town is a spa town, almost all passengers take the excursion to the park.

Find Saxon Cruises

Any
Any
More Filters
Cruise Critic Favorite
Berlin Port
DAY 1: Berlin

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Berlin
Visiting:
Potsdam, Lutherstadt Wittenberg ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
93 Ship Review
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
Berlin Port
DAY 1: Berlin

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Berlin
Visiting:
Potsdam, Lutherstadt Wittenberg ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
Berlin Port
DAY 1: Berlin

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Berlin
Visiting:
Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Meissen ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
Sponsored
10% Off Every Virgin Voyages Sailing
+ Receive up to $400 in Onboard Credit
  • Over $600 in value always included - 20+ Eateries, Tips, WiFi & more
  • Very flexible booking and cancellation policy
  • 18+ only sailings - Adult-By-Design!
  • 4-, 5-, 6- & 8-night Caribbean itineraries from Miami
Virgin Voyages
Prague Port
DAY 1: Prague

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Prague
Visiting:
Dresden, Saxon ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Prague
Visiting:
Saxon, Dresden ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Berlin
Visiting:
Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Meissen ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
Cruise Critic Favorite

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Prague
Visiting:
Dresden, Saxon ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
Sign Up for Price Drop Alerts
Get tomorrow's price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Prague
Visiting:
Dresden, Saxon ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Prague
Visiting:
Saxon, Dresden ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Berlin
Visiting:
Potsdam, Lutherstadt Wittenberg ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Berlin
Visiting:
Potsdam, Lutherstadt Wittenberg ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices
Cruise Critic Favorite

9 Night
Cruise to Saxon

Leaving:
Prague
Visiting:
Dresden, Saxon ...
see more
Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
Get Price Alerts
No prices currently available for this sailing.

Please try a different departure date.
View Cruise Info
  • Itinerary
  • Ship Details
  • Reviews
  • View All Prices

Why go to Saxon?

Pros:

Pro: Scenic overlooks available for every passenger, regardless of physical ability.

Cons:

Con: Public areas and facilities need improvement.

Bottom Line:

Bottom Line: Unparalleled rugged natural beauty.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Euros and credit cards are accepted at shops, restaurants and attractions. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language?

German is the official language but almost everyone speaks some English, especially individuals dealing with the public.

--By Marilyn Jones, Cruise Critic contributor


Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.