The Elbe Sandstone Mountains, also called the Elbe sandstone highlands (German: Elbsandsteingebirge; Czech: Labské pískovce) is a mountain range straddling the border between the state of Saxony in southeastern Germany and the North Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, with about three-quarters of the area lying on the German side. The mountains are also referred to as Saxon Switzerland and Bohemian Switzerland in both German and Czech (Sächsische Schweiz and Böhmische Schweiz in German, Saské Švýcarsko and České Švýcarsko in Czech) or simply combined as Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland. In both countries, the mountain range has been declared a national park. The name derives from the sandstone which was carved by erosion. The river Elbe breaks through the mountain range in a steep and narrow valley.
... tributaries joining the Elbe during its course through Germany (from area along Czech-German border in NW of the country, esp ... from Ore Mountains) Elbe (Czech Labe, German Elbe leaves the Czech Republic at Hřensko, empties into the North Sea) Havel Spree (c ... Mulde Černá (German Schwarzwasser originates in Ore Mountains) Moldavský potok (German Freiberger Mulde originates in Ore Mountains) Zschopau Polava (German Pöhlbach originates in Ore ...
... The Elbe Sandstone mountains have been a popular destination for tourists for more than 200 years, and for climbers for more than 100 years ... There are some 14,000 climbing routes via which mountain climbers can conquer 1100 free-standing peaks ... experience the natural scenes on the asphalt Elbe cycle path, or on board a steam paddleboat that is part of the oldest fleet of its kind in the world ...
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