The monotonous, flat panorama buckled into a few low, forested hills as we drove across the Franconian wine country towards Bamberg. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bamberg came highly recommended.
There were even a few nice villages en route, which contrasted sharply with Düllstadt, a town near our campsite, which lived up to its name and said everything about the immediate area. Düllstadt’s only feature was a brown, tourist sign which advertised Kartoffeln – potatoes. And that was the most exciting thing about Düllstadt!
Deemed “One of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe” it confuses most people to learn that, while Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz) IS in Saxony, it is absolutely NOWHERE near Switzerland!
The name was coined by two Swiss artists, Adrian Zing and Anton Graff, who felt that the strange landscape near Dresden, in Eastern Germany, reminded them of their homeland. Since it seemed a more romantic title than ‘The Heath above Schandau’ (Heide über Schandau) as part of the area was known, their name stuck – and was even pinched where the Elbe mountains continue into the Czech Republic, which became known as Bohemian Switzerland.