The Bastei is one of the most prominent lookout points in Saxon Switzerland. The Bastei is a rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River. They are situated near village Kurton Rathen, not far from the city of Dresden. The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. In 1824, a wooden bridge was constructed to link several rocks for the visitors. This bridge was replaced in 1851 by the present Bastei Bridge made of sandstone. The rock formations and vistas have inspired several well-known artists, among them Caspar David Friedrich ("Felsenschlucht").
There is eri big parking place 500m in front the Bastei. There is also hotel and restaurant and another tourist service avaible.