Saxon Switzerland is a climbing area and national park known for its beautiful hills and mountain peaks. Do not be fooled by its name! The area is located around the Elbe and southeast of Dresden in Saxony, Germany. Its name got from two Swiss artists, named Adrian Zingg and Anton Graff, who saw the landscape of the area and reminded them of their homeland, the Swiss Jura.
Our very own Lomographer and traveler Clemens Maurer, a.k.a. fruchtzwerg_hh, visited the park in the autumn of 2018, and he's here to share us his experience through his own words and images through his Lomo LC-A 120.
The name "Saxon Switzerland" might be a bit misleading as the highest point is only at 562m above sea level, but nevertheless, this national park southeast of Dresden between Pirna and the Czech border is quite famous for more than 700 peaks available to rock climbers and around 1200 kilometers of hiking trails.
Centuries of erosion have formed this unique landscape with its complex sandstone rock formations, rock pinnacles, and larger table hills. Some of them were once populated with medieval castles and remnants of the latter can still be found. So imagine a kind of miniature Switzerland with lush green forests, mystical valleys, deep ravines and lofty peaks with breathtaking panoramic views all neatly packed together in a small area of 93 square kilometers.
If you love hiking and are not afraid of heights, then this area is the place to visit and abundant photo opportunities with breathtaking views are your reward. Don’t forget to bring sturdy walking shoes or boots!
We went to Saxon Switzerland this fall and it was a dream come true because we have planned to go there for quite a long time. Originally we wanted to do the "Malerweg", a 112km long hiking trail that can be done in eight daily stages. But because we had only 5 days, we decided to stay in Bad Schandau, a small town, which is located quite in the center and do day trips from there.
One of the cameras I picked for this trip was the LC-A 120, because it’s a lightweight (If you carry around several cameras like I use to do, weight becomes an important argument and you are grateful for every bit of weight you don’t need to carry), versatile medium format camera, that – in my opinion –- works quite well for landscape photography.
As for the film I chose the LomoChome Turquoise XR 100-400. Perhaps it's not the first film that comes into one’s mind when you think of vibrant autumn colors, but I hoped that the special tones and character of this emulsion would add a nice surreal touch to this fairytale landscape. And I must say, I am more than happy with the results.
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