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Bad Schandau & the Krippen district

Corporate Design  der Stadt Bad Schandau

Bad Schandau is a small town in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains on the edge of the Saxon Switzerland National Park.

It received city rights between 1467 and 1480. Bad Schandau has had today's seal since 1480. The ship in the coat of arms stands for the river trade route and the associated goods transshipment point. Since 1920 the city has been allowed to use the title "Bad". He was successfully defended in 2010. The new corporate design of the city of Bad Schandau underlines the location in Saxon Switzerland.

Bad Schandau has also been a spa town since 1937. There are two large and modern health clinics here. Physiotherapy treatments and pools according to Sebastian Kneipp are available in the Bad Schandau spa gardens and in the Krippen district. A viable future concept for comprehensive health care is currently being worked on.

The 5 * hotel "Elbresidenz an der Therme" also fits in with the motto of health, spa and wellbeing. The company also operates the adjacent Toskana Therme with the well-known Liquid Sound and other amenities.

Dampfschiff Dresden vor dem 5* Hotel Elbresidnz an der Therme
Die Der Turm der Stadtkirche St. Johannis
Der Aufzug nach Ostrau

The local history museum is located in the spa gardens. In addition to the representation of the local development, there is also a permanent exhibition of the famous explorer and honorary citizen Erich Wustmann.

The town church "St. Johannis" was built in 1697 in its present form. The altar inside was originally intended to be located in the Dresden Kreuzkirche.

There are several children's playgrounds in the center and in the city districts.

For larger purchases, we recommend the "Lidl Markt", the "Penny Markt" and the "Nahkauf Hütter" in Bad Schandau. Parking and a parking garage are available.

Bad Schandau has a number of attractions to offer. These include the Kirnitzschtalbahn - the smallest tram company in the world (14 km) or the historic elevator to Ostrau. With this one can, for example, reach the country-style villas built in 1903/04 by the hotelier Sendig. These are prefabricated houses imported from Switzerland. At the time it was considered an absolute novelty.

In the city center there are ATMs of the Ostsächsische Sparkasse and Volksbank Pirna. Money can also be withdrawn from the machine in the health resort of Gohrisch.

The Aral petrol station in Rathmannsdorf, the pharmacy market and numerous small shops in Bad Schandau looking forward to your visit.

In the national park you get interesting insights into the formation of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains from the Chalk Sea, the fauna and flora and a lot of other information worth knowing.

Der Stadtteil Krippen ander Elbe

The painter Caspar David Friedrich fled here from the approaching Napoleon and was shocked when the French Emperor visited the place. Friedrich Gottlob Keller, the inventor of wood pulp (paper production), lived and worked here until his death.

With the beginning of tourism around 1900 - at that time also called "tourism" or "summer vacation" - the structural change to gastronomy and accommodation took place.

Today's Krippen district was first mentioned around 1380. The residents were mostly boatmen, merchants and craftsmen.

Cribs have been part of the Bad Schandau health resort for several years. The formerly independent towns of Postelwitz, Ostrau and Schmilka were also incorporated and are now districts of Bad Schandau.

As the ferry landing is only approx. 50 m as the crow flies from your holiday home in the "Elba view - Krippen", a visit to Bad Schandau by ferry is recommended. With the bus, however, you can get into the city just as easily. The stops are in the immediate vicinity. You will receive a guest card from the landlord. This means that the use of the ferries in the city area and the Bad Schandau round line R252 are free of charge.

The Krippen district has a lot of interesting things in store for you. These include the newly created "SonnenUhrenWeg" with numerous lovingly designed sundials, the Bad Schandau flood tour or the newly designed marketplaces with a fountain made of old millstones and a sandstone stele. Unfortunately, the previous Friedrich Gottlob Keller Museum had to be closed and relocated via the inventor of the wood pulp for paper production.

The Caspar David Friedrich hiking trail begins at the former steamship landing stage and runs past the Elbe over the Kaiserkrone. The way back leads over the Wolfsberg to Krippen. On the way he is part of the painter's path.

The Elberadweg leads directly past the house. You can easily reach Pirna or Dresden by bike. Up the Elbe it goes to Decin. You can borrow bicycles in Krippen, Bad Schandau and Postelwitz.

There is a small butcher shop on site, where you can buy a few everyday items.

Our house was formerly known as "Elbschlösschen". It was probably built around 1900 and served as an excursion restaurant for hikers, summer visitors and steamboat guests. After 1980 it was completely demolished and built from scratch by the civil engineering company of the Deutsche Reichsbahn as a company holiday home. A comprehensive renovation took place after the fall of the Wall. In 1992 the federal railway assets were transferred to the Bahn-Sozialwerk Foundation (BSW).

In the summer of 2002, the current operators acquired the house "Elbschlößchen Krippen" from the BSW. In this move, it was renamed the "Ferienappartements Elbausicht - Krippen".

Ansicht des alten Hotel Elbschlösschen
Hochwasser im August 2002

Immediately after the opening in summer 2002 came the August flood known as the "flood of the century".
The water level rose below the first floor. It destroyed the holiday apartments, the office, the café on the ground floor, as well as the garages and basement rooms. Only after almost two years of renovation could the house be fully used again. Today, like many houses in cribs, a high water mark on the house facade reminds of this catastrophe. Since then there have been a number of smaller and larger floods. In April 2006 the garages were in the water almost up to the terrace. In January 2011 the flood reached the meter mark there. In June 2013 the house was hit hard again by the flood. The basement was completely in the water. The water level on the first floor was 43 centimeters. The "Zirkelstein" and "Pfaffenstein" holiday apartments were then completely renovated and refurbished and have been bookable again since 2014.

Numerous restaurants and hotels are easily accessible. The country inn "Ziegelscheune" is located directly on the Elbe in Krippen, at a distance of 800m. Next to our house is the club house with the restaurant "Sonnenuhr". The Gasthaus "Eiche" and the adjacent hotel "Erbgericht" can also be reached quickly on foot. If you want to combine the stop with an easy hike, you can visit the cozy forest inn "Liethenmühle". It is only a few minutes by car to the Hotel Wolfsberg. There you can enjoy a very nice view just as in the "Pension and Gasthaus Heiterer Blick" in Altendorf. Also worth mentioning is the "Gasthaus Zirkelstein" in Reinhardtsdorf. There are also numerous restaurants in Bad Schandau.

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