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Nowadays, over two million people visit the National Park every year. The Saxon Switzerland National Park and Conservation Area offer virtually ideal ways to discover and experience nature and landscapes directly, to recreate actively, to learn again how to be amazed or to rest and find oneself.

Menschen vor LandschaftskulisseA guest in a sensitive environment

Little touched nature is rare in Germany – only one percent of the country’s area remains wild nature. This compares to 99 percent of human-shaped cultural landscapes. Respectful behavior of our natural environment and landscapes, as well as our consideration for others are indispensible. This also requires entering nature gently and unobtrusively and, if possible, leaving no traces behind. The climber and outdoor pioneer, Yvon Chouinard, expressed this once as a wish: “I ​​like to imagine, we have the freedom to do what we want, as long as we don’t have a negative impact on fellow human beings and the earth.”

Getting out into nature – then and now

The reasons for traveling have changed greatly over time and could hardly be more diverse: in the beginning there were God-seekers and pilgrims, then traders of salt, glass or furs or conquerors and warriors who set out into the often unknown. Only romantics and artists later felt the magic of the landscape and were inspired by it. Later they were followed, at first timidly,
by excursionists and holiday-makers. The fear of wilderness began to fade.

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