...in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains / Elbsandsteingebirge!
Doesn't it look like a scenery of Tolkien's Middle-earth!?
This picturesque place is known as the Bastei, a spectacular rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany.
The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. In 1824, a wooden bridge was constructed to link several rocks for the visitors. This bridge was replaced in 1851 by the present Bastei Bridge made of sandstone. The rock formations and vistas have inspired several well-known artists, among them Caspar David Friedrich.
Viewing from the Bastei bridge to the east you have a look on the towering rocks in the old defensive ring around Neurathen Castle. This was once the largest rock castle in the region, but today only the rooms carved out of the rock, passages, the cistern and rebates for the timber of the former wooden superstructure have survived. In the years 1982–1984 parts of the extensive castle were used to build the open air museum.
The famous city of Dresden is only 30 km away from the Bastei and a great basis to explore the Elbe Sandstone Mountains (after having visited the marvellous old town).