Die Bastei is a rock formation towering above the Elbe river in the Sandstone Mountains of Sachsen, Eastern Germany. Reaching 305 m above sea level, its jagged rocks were formed by water erosion over 1 million years ago. They are situated near Rathen, not far from Pirna near Dresden, and are the main landmark of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. They are part of a climbing and hiking area that extends over the border into the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic. The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. The spa town of Rathen is the main base for visiting; the town can be reached from Dresden by paddle steamer on the river Elbe.
The Dolomites cover an area totaling 1,419 square kilometers and includes nine mountain ranges. Eighteen of the mountain peaks in the Dolomites have an elevation of over 3,000 metres. The mountains, known for their rocky wall faces, glacial peaks, and lush forests, are not only made from dolomite, but also limestone.
Mountain climbing, skiing, cycling, paragliding and hiking are all popular activities for tourists in this region.
Das Allgäu is a region in the German South. It covers the south of Bavarian Swabia and southeastern Baden-Württemberg (plus parts of Austria). The region stretches from the pre-alpine lands up to the Alps. The main rivers flowing through are the Lech and Iller. The region is sub-divided into:
Das Oberallgäu (in Bavarian Swabia, in the state of Bavaria) Das Unterallgäu (in Bavarian Swabia, in the state of Bavaria) Das Ostallgäu (in Bavarian Swabia, in the state of Bavaria) Das Westallgäu (mainly in Upper Swabia in the state of Baden-Württemberg, but also a very small part in Bavaria)
The western Austrian part is the Kleinwalsertal in Vorarlberg, accessible from Germany only. The region is noted for its beautiful landscapes and is popular for vacations and therapeutic stays. It’s well known for its farm products, esp. dairy including Hirtenkäse (“herdsman’s cheese”) and Bergkäse (“hill cheese”). Besides tourism and dairy, another important economic sector is the building of industrial equipment and machinery, such as Fendt tractors. The alpine regions of the Allgäu rise to 2,000 m in altitude and are popular for winter skiing. The famous Neuschwanstein castle is located here. Famous people from the region include Ludwig Ganghofer (writer of Bavarian homeland novels), Max Ritter von Mulzer (WW1 pilot), Ernst Walter Mayr (leading evolutionary biologists of the 20th century), Klaus Nomi (countertenor & one of the first prominent German victims of HIV/AIDS), and Mario Götze (football player & scorer of the goal that made Germany the 2014 FIFA World Champions).
“You alone know that, what long ago. You said in the ears of your son. I doomed myself when I dared to tell. What fate will befall the gods, And staked my wit against the wit of Odin. Ever the wisest of all”.
Perast is an old town sitting at the foot of a hill, on the Bay of Kotor. Perast was the last place to fly the Venetian Flag, before falling to Napoleon. It retains its Venetian charm in its facades and architecture.