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Consecration of the National Park symbol at Bastei
photo: Archives National Park Authority, Marko Förster

As a conclusion of the anniversary year "25 years of Saxon Switzerland National Park" was inaugurated a new symbol stone for the National Park Saxon Switzerland near the Bastei. From now on, the large sandstone with the National park logo shows all visitors, that Saxony has established here a National Park. Information boards in eight languages also give international guests essential information.

All room equipped with safes

As of now each of our guest-rooms has its own room safe. The safes were newly installed this week.



New for our guests, "smart fortwo electric drive"

As nationalpark partner we offer our guests a particularly environmentally friendly way to get know our wonderful nature: our new cabriolet "Smart fortwo electric drive". During a ride in this cabriolet you can enjoy nature with all your senses.

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New panoramic sauna

Just before
starting the season our new finnish panoramic sauna was reopened with a fantastic view of the rocks. The existing finnish sauna has been fully restored with
new paneling and new benches. The use in the afternoon is free for hotel guests. The enclosed article was published on 19 March 2015 in the newspaper "Sächsische Zeitung".

@Sächsische Zeitung/Lokalausgabe Sebnitz, 19th March 2015

All rooms will modernised till Easter 2015

We are very pleased that our guests can now dream in new box spring beds. In recent weeks, a majority of the rooms was equipped with chic, comfortable box spring beds, newly seating furniture and modern floors. See for yourself!
The modernization of all rooms will be completed till Easter.

room example: superior double room

On the bastion soon speed Internet

Currently installed the German Telekom a new fiber optic cable to Bastion. The cable drum is already on the panoramic terrace.
We are very happy because the hotel receives soon the full range of VDSL.


Repeat Rating 4 stars

We have successfully defended our 4 stars!
380 points required for 4 stars we have achieved 509 points. Furthermore we are very pleased. Today it is a nice article in the Sächsische Zeitung published (Local Issues Pirna and Sebnitz). Mr and Mrs Claus, Fichtner from DEHOGA Regional Association Saxon Switzerland presented the award on Thursday. Highly motivated our house technician then brought to the sign at the hotel entrance.

Presentation of the certificate from the DEHOGA
The new sign is equal screwed.

NEW: minibars in all guest rooms
our new minibars

In July 2014 all our guest-rooms were equipped with minibars. So we could fullfill the wish of many guests. The minibars supplements our 24-hour room service.


Cup of hospitality 2013

With the Parkhotel Bad Schandau wins again a hotel of our family business the coveted "cup of hospitality"

More information ...awards


New Year´s Eve 2013/2014

254 guests celebrated the New Year`s Eve in our panorama restaurant and admired at midnight the fireworks over the Elbe valley.

We wish all our
guests and friends of our house for the new year health and happiness!


The company König Bäder modernized our guest-bathrooms
modernized guest bathroom

The company König Bäder from Ottendorf-Okrilla modernized 53 of our bathrooms in the last 2 years. The work was completed this spring. Among the highlights are elegant and spacious washstands, spacious walk-in showers, as well as the design WC Geberit Monolith. The modernization of the baths was done in two phases: early 2012 and in the first months of this year.

Our hotel wins the "cup of hospitality" 2012
Cup of hospitality

In summer 2012 the competition of the "cup of hospitality" of District Administrator Michael Geisler and the regional federation DEHOGA of Saxon Switzerland in the administrative district Saxon Switzerland-East Erzgebirge started.
The cup is awarded in three different categories: "the most convivial hotel", "the most convivial guesthouse" and "the most convivial restaurant". The 32 hotels, restaurants and guesthouses that took part were put to the acid test.

On 18th of January 2013 our Berghotel Bastei came out ahead in the category "the most convivial hotel". This already means the second award for our hotel in this competition. In 2010 we were also the winner of the "cup of hospitality". It is a wonderful acknowledgment of our daily work, while also a great incentive for the continuous improvement of our service quality. Our partner hotel Parkhotel Bad Schandau won the 3rd place.

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Wedding record in 2012 on the bastion

In the year 2012, 73 wedding couples married in our Berghotel & Panorama Restaurant Bastei. As many as never before. Compared to an average of 49 marriages in previous years, we send 24 couples more in a loving relationship, than the year 2011th. Our Front Office Manager Susan Bürgin is responsible for the organization of wedding ceremonies and celebrations. Our Panorama Restaurant is also a popular location for wedding celebrations. In the year 2012 ninety wedding celebrations took place on the "balcony of the Saxon Switzerland".

More information about weddings

Filming of the MDR on the Bastion

At the beginning of october 2012 the famous rock of Bastei was a filming location for the show: "The East - discover where you live," The film crew with editor Katrin Clausner filmed episodes from the bastion history such as the story of the Lohmener meat master Pitsch, who hosted already in 1812 visitors with food and drinks in bark huts. The Architect Horst Witter, who fought 20 years with the East German authorities to his hotel design and the director of the hotel Bastei, Dieter Schröter, play also an important role. The first restaurant director Joachim Noack, the municipality Lohmen as managers of the castle rock Neurathen, the National Park Authority and conservationists Dietrich Graf were also interviewed. The film gives an insight into the high-rise plans and reports on the future development of the bastion.

The broadcast was on 30th of october 2012, at 8.45 p.m. in MDR television.

Saxon Switzerland with Bastei is one of Germany´s TOP 100

In August 2012 the German National Tourist Board nominate the top 100 places of interest in Germany. The Saxon Switzerland with the Bastei and the fortress Königstein has occupied the position 34 (of 350 listed). We are delighted!
More information:

Now you can participate in the voting for 2013. If you like the Saxon Switzerland, please vote for this beautyful region. You can participate to the beginning of the year 2013 under:

200 years gastronomy at the Bastei

At Whitsun 1812 the butcher Pitsch from Lohmen welcomed the first visitors to the Bastei to his bark huts erected for that purpose with food and drinks. This was the beginning of gastronomy at the Bastei.
To remember that happening there was a celebration on first of July. The honored guests district chief executive Michael Geisler, MdB Klaus Brähmig, mayor Jörg Mildner of Lohmen, mayor Daniel Brade of Hohnstein and lots of guests spent a nice afternoon with the band "Mercurius Musik", the "Basteifüchse" (a local band), the public choir of Lohmen, the "Loreley of the Bastei", the artist Gudrun Stark, drayman Ernst and many other attractions. The children could do donkey riding, face painting and paint a picture of the Bastei bridge.
In addition the tourism association of Saxon Switzerland presented a reproduction of the book "The Bastei" from 1897.
All together we can look back on a nice event - have a look!

Table covering challenge 2012

On 23rd of march 2011 was the table covering challenge 2012 on the culinaria and vinum fair in Dresden. The theme was "the fabolous world of theatre, vaudeville and circus". It was an open challenge that issues the creation of a festive table top under a gastronomical aspect. Norman Grahl and Gine Hildebrandt - two of our apprentices of the third year of apprenticeship - arranged an table that dealed with "Moulin Rouge".

covered table

Highlights in the end of 2011

In the end of the year our Berghotel and Panoramarestaurant Bastei could register several highlights.

So, in the end of November there was the official dedication of the newly constructed access road to the Bastei.

In the beginning of December we also could dedicate the original driven gas lantern, which was donated in 2011 due to our 20year anniversary of the Berghotel Bastei PLC and the ENSO energy Saxony East corporation. This lantern is reminiscent of the hour of birth of the grid gas age in Saxony, that brought light and warmth about the upper Elbe valley.

On the occassion of the 2nd tourism day on 6th December 2011 our hotel received the certificate "ServiceQuality Germany - step 1".

highlights in the end of year

Table covering challenge November 2011

In November 2011 a table covering challenge took place in our Berghotel and Panoramarestaurant Bastei. The theme was "Christmas". It was an open challenge that issues the creation of a festive table under a gastronomical aspect. Especially successfull was our 2nd year of appenticeship. Tony Heffnet got third place, Nicole Seidel finished second and Katja Wichtrey won the challenge.

1. Platz Katja Wichtrey; 2. Platz Nicole Seidel, 3. Platz Toni Heffner


pupils and parents' evening

On the occassion of the pupils and parents' evening on 8th November 2011 the Berghotel and Panoramarestuarant Bastei delivers an exxlusive insight in the apprenticeship in the hotel and restaurant industry. 16 pupils and 16 parents of the Pestalozzi secondary school Pirna got informationen about the tasks of a restaurant specialist, a fully educated specialist of the hospitality or a cook. The event was initiated in a cooperation of the Pestalozzi secondary school Pirna and the T.O.P. - limited company for applied work studies within the project "academic self-management within the occupational orientation":

Pupils and parents had the chance to practical get to know the professions at different stations, for example they could fillet a trout, put the sheets on, mix drinks or or fold napkins.

In the name of the school, the social worker Mr. Hinke thanks the Berghotel and Panoramarestaurant Bastei for this special insight. .

If somebody is interested in an apprenticeship in the hotel and gastronomy industry, you will find more information here.

stations of profession

Lions ball - for the umpteenth time on the Bastei
The president of the Lions Club Pirna describes his impressions about the location of the Berghotel and Panoramarestaurant Bastei:

In November it will happens again: The Lions Club Pirna meets at the Bastei with numerous guests to a ball! And this for the umpteenth time. The only aspect to which the Bastei can not score to the ball, is the magnificent view - seasonally, it's too dark to really enjoy this. Anyone who has ever organised a party, know about the many large and small details that contribute to the success - or the breakdown, in the worst case. It is obvious that our repeated stay has a lot to do with a high standard aand the commitment of the team in the Berghotel Bastei and the resulting quality offered in the care and service. We feel in good hands! With our festive ball, we thank those who activel support our caritable work. And the proceeds of the ball itself is also an important contribution to our charitable social and cultural activities. We are pleased that the Lions ball 2011 takes again place under the auspices of the Pirna Mayor Klaus-Peter Hanke. We look forward to a wonderful evening with wonderful guests, high above the Elbe on the Bastei!

With warm regards,
Olaf Rauthe (President Lions Club Pirna)

Day of apprentices 2011

On the occasion of  the first day of apprentices in the Berghotel Bastei, the apprentice Maxi Stohn describes her experiences shortly:

"On 27th March 2011 we, the apprentices of the Berghotel and Panoramarestaurant Bastei, organises our 1st day of apprentices. On this day we had the chance to demonstrate our abilities by planning, organising and implementing the whole event on our own. In spite of the huge expenditure of work and a lot of stressful hours our efforts were worth the trouble. Both the guests and we, the apprentices, were more than satisfied with the evening."

Day of apprentices

Wine consultant - saxon wines

Three trainees of the berghotel Bastei in the third year of apprenticeship - Sonja Wichtrey, Maxi Stohn and Marcel König - achieved the qualification of a wine consultant in saxcon wines.
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Table covering challenge 2011

On 4th of march 2011 was the table covering challenge on the culinaria and vinum fair in Dresden. The theme was "south america". It was an open challenge that issues the creation of a festive table top under a gastronomical aspect. Norman Grahl and Marcel König - two of our trainees of the second and third year of apprenticeship - arranged an "mexican table".

covered table

Award for special dedication

Due to its special dedication in the context of the campaign "Come in! - Week of open companies in Saxony" our Mountain Hotel and Panorama Restaurant Bastei was awarded. Every year companies and institutions in all parts of Saxony are open for one week in March. They deliver insight into the daily working routine. Students from grade 7 have the possibility to inform themselves about potential apprenticeship training positions. Representative to the whole Bastei-team, Mrs. Göbel received the certificate from Mr. Dr Hasenpflug, the president of the state directorate Dresden, on May 28th, 2010 in the bakery of the Ottendorfer Mühle.

1st Saxon day of urologists on the Bastei

On 23rd April the first Saxon day of urologists took place in the panorama restaurant Bastei as a combined further education for doctors and nurses. The response was huge. With over 200 participants almost all Saxon urological establishments were present, including the university hospitals of Leipzig and Dresden with its chief physician. The event was organised by order of the Saxon association for urology of the speciality department urology of the hospital Pirna, under the direction of the chief physician and private lecturer Dr med habil Volker Janitzky. Young doctors presented seldom clinical pictures of the urology on the basis of case studies - the Georg-Bartsch-young-academics-prize could be awarded twice. A gala evening in the festive panorama restaurant made the first Saxon day of urologists perfect. The Bastei kitchen team created an amazing Mediterranean buffet. The special guest Tom Pauls inspired the participants. The successful event and the special service were also the consequence of the brilliant collaboration between the organisers Ms. Hausdorf and Mr. Dr. Janitzky of the hospital in Pirna as well as the reception clerk Ms. Bürgin and the hotel director Mr. Schröter of the Berghotel Bastei.

Dana Göbel / Marketing

Renovation of the "Schweizerhaus"

10 years ago, on 9.9.1999, Mr. Dieter Schröter took over the businesses of Berghotel Bastei GmbH. Further information you can get from the press releases of the "Sächsische Zeitung".

Swiss house
Press release of the "Sächsische Zeitung" from 9.9.2009 and from 5./6.12.2009

Bastei is the second most beautiful natural wonder in Germany
Presseartikel Sächsische Zeitung 19.09.2009

Great award for the Bastei - the emblem of Saxon Switzerland. The foundation of the animal film producer Heinz Sielmann, who died in 2006, put the Bastei as one of the most beautiful natural wonders in Germany to the vote in the internet. There were 42 natural phenomenons to choose from, amongst others the chalk cliffs of Rügen, the Wadden Sea of the North Sea Coast and the "Brocken" in the "Harz". The Bastei was placed second in a nationwide vote. Only the Wadden Sea got more votes. Here is the summary

Achim Mentzel on the Bastei
Achim Menzel

From 22nd till 28th August 2009 the panorama restaurant could celebrate its 30-year anniversary. As a highlight we presented Achim Mentzel, the famous entertainer and folk music star.

RTL shot on the Bastei bridge
Mathis Landwehr

In autumn 2008, actor Mathis Landwehr, the leading actor of the series "Lasko", shot terrific action scenes in the Bastei area. On 2nd July 2009  RTL broadcast the series. The Bastei bridge which is situated near our hotel played an important role.

Non-smoking in the hotel and restaurant
panorama restaurant

So that your stay will be as pleasant as possible our Berghotel Bastei offers solely non-smoking rooms. In the panorama restaurant, the restaurant with fireplace as well as the hotel bar smoking is forbidden since 1.2.2008 according to the Saxon non-smoking act.

Saxon Non-Smoking Act - SächsNSG

Here, your child is king as guest!

Our hotel participates in the campaign "Saxons enjoy - Children that tastes good!" which was initiated of the Saxon Ministry of State for environment and agriculture and the DEHOGA Saxony e. V. In our restaurants  families with children are very welcome.

We shorten the dinner waiting time through appropriate toys, we have a funny designed and regional menu and of course there are sufficient baby's high chairs in our restaurants. We give our best attention to the children. Therefore, also the young will not be board during eating out. Look and see!

Further information about the campaign you can find on the homepage

SLK-Meeting on the Bastei
SLK get together

On 23.6.2007 our Berghotel was host of a drive of the Mercedes SLK-club. The spectators on the housetop could look had an amazing view at the parking sports cars. Book your joyride with our Mercedes!

Saloons modernised
saloon Rathen

Our both conference rooms "Saloon Wehlen" and "Saloon Rathen" were modernised in April 2007. Therefore, we guarantee an ideal working environment for your business meeting.

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