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"Hi there, I was visiting the area this summer and went off the path with my German friend near the Basteti. We walked along the cliffs and ended up at a small cave. The cave and rock walls outside of it had carvings that we thought were Jewish (there were Menorahs carved in the wall) along with a boat, various people and farm animals, and names of people and places and dates.) Does anyone know anything about the carvings? I would like to do some research on them, just to know more about this beautiful area. Thank you!" (posted 11/02/2014)

Hi, I can not help really know not what you mean for a cave. Take a look at http://www.lochstein.de/hoehlen/D/nord_mitte/sachsen/saeschw/rathen/rathen.htm maybe there is something here for you. many regards, Your good mood Court Team
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"we want to visit the invironement with this beautiful rocks. where can we start the tour and what does it cost." (posted 04/26/2015)

what it costs, I can not say. Start the tour can be good in Rathen, for climbing you need but absolutely professional leadership.
Answer provided by Jutta Rudoba on 04/27/2015
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  • Rathen Open Air Stage
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    Rathen Open Air Stage

    The Rathen Open Air Stage (German: Felsenbühne Rathen) is a natural stage in Saxon Switzerland in East Germany. It is located in a hollow at the upper end of the Wehlgrund valley between the rocks of Kleine Gans and Großer Wehrturm below the famous Bastei rocks and Neurathen Castle. The entrance to the hollow branches off just above the valleys junction with the Amselgrund.

    The open-air theatre has 2,000 seats (since its expansion in 1957) and was laid out in 1936, inspired by the ideas of the Thingbewegung movement, by the municipality of Rathen for the staging of plays and concerts. It opened with Basteispiel by Kurt Arnold Findeisen. By 1938 the first Karl May Festivals were being held. After the war the stage reopened in 1946. Since 1954 the stone stage has been played by the Landesbühnen Sachsen. In 1984 the performance of "Schatz im Silbersee" in an adaptation by Helmut Menschel continued the interrupted tradition of Karl May by the Landesbühnen Sachsen. It was followed by "Winnetou" (adapted by Uwe Wolf) in 1987 and "Old Surehand" in 1995 (adapted by Olaf Hörbe). On the 165th anniversary of Karl May's birthday on 23 June 2007 the new piece, "Der Schatz im Silbersee", was launched in an adaptation by the acor and director, Olaf Hörbe.

    In the summer season between May and September there are up to 90 performances by the Landesbühnen Sachsen. The programme is very varied and ranges from musical theatre to plays and from classic to modern pieces. Traditional performances, in addition to the Karl May pieces, include Freischütz, Hänsel and Gretel and Carmina Burana.

  • Bastei
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    The Bastei is a rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany. Reaching a height of 305 metres above sea level, the jagged rocks of the Bastei were formed by water erosion over one million years ago. They are situated near Rathen, not far from Pirna southeast of the city of Dresden and are the major landmark of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. They are also part of a climbing and hiking area that extends over the borders into the Czech Republic and Bohemian Switzerland.

    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 (i.e. "Felsenschlucht" ).

    The spa town of Rathen is the main base for visiting the Bastei; the town can be reached from Dresden by paddle steamer on the river Elbe.

  • Rauenstein (hill)
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    Rauenstein (hill)

    The Rauenstein is a low table mountain in Saxon Switzerland in Germany. It rises west of the Elbe inside the Elbe loop near Rathen. It has a height of 304 metres (997 feet) and drops steeply to the north into the Elbe valley. It is has a deeply incised structure and is about 600 metres (2,000 feet) long and 200 metres (660 feet) wide. It thus rises almost 100 metres (330 feet) over the surrounding area. The Rauenstein is almost completely wooded, but has several dominant sandstone rock faces. The sandstone here is very soft and heavily weathered.

    On the eastern side is the village of Weißig in the borough of Struppen. On the north and east side there are various climbing towers, the best known being the 18 metre high Nonne or Nonnenstein, that is situated 200 metres from the eastern side of the Rauenstein. The rock was the site of a medieval watchtower (Burgwarte).

    At the southeastern end of the Rauenstein is a hill restaurant that has been there since 1893. Before that, from 1886 to 1893, drinks were sold in the Kapp Cave (Kapphöhle), also the Kappmeyer or Kamm Cave, on the summit plateau. One year earlier the touristic development of the Rauenstein had been started by the Dresden Branch of the Mountain Club.

  • Amsel Falls
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    Amsel Falls

    The Amsel Falls (German: Amselfall) are a waterfall in Saxon Switzerland in East Germany, roughly a kilometre north of the famous Bastei crags.

    As the Grünbach stream passes through a particularly narrow, gorge-like section of the Amselgrund valley it plunges over the largest step in the river bed - roughly 10 m high - forming a wide spray of water that pours over the Amselloch, a collapsed cave. The roof of this 15 metre long cave was made of sandstone blocks that have collapsed. In the ravine and in the cave potholes and kolks bear witness to the meltwaters that coursed down into the River Elbe during earlier ice ages.

    The original stream (first mentioned in 1548) flowed almost entirely through the cave, but in the 19th century it had been diverted over the top of the cave to the cascade site. The waterfall was additionally, like the Lichtenhain Waterfall, arranged to flow through a small, controllable weir wicket in order to produce a stream-like torrent, in order to enhance its touristic attraction. In the immediate vicinity of the waterfall is the Amselfall mountain hut with an inn and next to it is the information office of the Saxon Switzerland National Park opened in 1992. It is open from April to October, but closed in winter.

    As one of the first artists, who captured the beauty of Saxon Switzerland along the so-called Artists' Way (Malerweg), Christian Gottlob Hammer painted the Amsel Falls.

  • Rheingau Musik Festival
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    Rheingau Musik Festival

    The Rheingau Musik Festival (RMF) is an international summer music festival in Germany, founded in 1987. It is mostly for classical music, but includes other genres. Concerts take place at culturally important locations, such as Eberbach Abbey and Schloss Johannisberg, in the wine-growing Rheingau region between Wiesbaden and Lorch.

    Most events are dedicated to classical music, but cabaret, jazz, readings, musical cruises, children's concerts, wine tastings or culinary events with music add to a diverse program.

  • Altrathen Castle
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    Altrathen Castle

    Altrathen Castle (German: Burg Altrathen) is located on a rock outcrop near Rathen in Saxon Switzerland in the German Free State of Saxony.

    Unlike the neighbouring Neurathen Castle very little is known about the history of this fortification. It was probably built at the same time in the 11th century. The castle was first mentioned in the records in 1289. In 1469 Altrathen and Neurathen castles were slighted.

    In 1888 the industrialist, Eduard Seifert, bought the ruins of the castle and rebuilt it in 1893 in a Neogothic style. Of the medieval castle only the cellars and parts of the spiral staircase of the keep have survived.

    Aftern 1945 the building acted as a works holiday home for the VEB Brau und Malz in Dresden and later for the East German state bank. In 1995 the site was sold by the Treuhandanstalt to a private owner. Since then the building has been used as a small hotel and restaurant.

  • Neurathen Castle
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    Neurathen Castle

    Neurathen Castle (German: Felsenburg Neurathen), which was first mentioned by this name in 1755, is located near the famous Bastei rocks near Rathen in Saxon Switzerland in the German Free State of Saxony. 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.

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Rathen Overview

Rathen is a village in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, in Saxony, Germany, about 35 km southeast of Dresden (Dresden vacation rentals | Dresden travel guide) on the Elbe River. Rathen has between 400 and 500 inhabitants.

Rathen is a popular tourist destination, the main sights are the Bastei cliffs, the Amselsee (a lake), and the outdoor theater "Felsenbühne Rathen".

Things to See in Rathen

Rathen is a popular tourist destination, the main sights are the Bastei cliffs, the Amselsee (a lake), and the outdoor theater "Felsenbühne Rathen".

The Rathen Ferry, a passenger reaction ferry, connects Niederrathen, on the right bank of the Elbe river, to Oberrathen on the left bank. Kurort Rathen railway station, on the Dresden (Dresden vacation rentals | Dresden travel guide) S-Bahn and the Dresden to Prague railway, is adjacent to the Oberrathen ferry terminal. Rathen is also a stop for the paddle steamers operating between Dresden and the Czech border.

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Rathen was founded in the 13th century around 1261 as place for a castle fortress. During World War II, a subcamp of Flossenburg concentration camp was located here.

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Rathen is a village in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, in Saxony, Germany, about 35 km southeast of Dresden on the Elbe River. Rathen has between 400 and 500 inhabitants.

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