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The town of Pirna has its nickname to thank for the fact that at the East of the town, the river Elbe passes through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains through a breakthrough valley that stretches as far as the urban area. The sand stone in the area is omnipresent, several buildingsin the town are made out of rock.
You can easily reach the location by car via the motorway 17 up until the junction in Pirna as wellas the main road 172. From the main railway station in Dresden, you can reach Pirna by urban train with the lines S1 and S2. Dresden Airport is located only 25 km away and it is also connected to the town with the urban train line (S-Bahn).
The listed old town is particularly worth seeing. The town hall is located in the centre and it was first mentioned in 1396. In the nearby surroundings you will find around a total of 300 historical buildings from several centuries.
There is a rocky plateau above the historic old town Schloss Sonnenstein „Sun Stone Castle“, and here is where you will find the District Office of Pirna. Parts of the complex can be visited such as the bastions amongst others, the terrace gardens and the memorials in the attic floor of the building C 16.
In a former Dominican Monastery, today you will find the Stadtmuseum of Pirna. The exhibition is dedicated to the history of the town and the omnipresent Elbe sandstone.
The privately run DDR-Museum „GDR Museum“ demonstrates more than 120,000 exhibition works all about life in the GDR era. Alongside a consumer market whose exhibition is accurate in every detail, you will also find cars here, a typical classroom and much more.
In order to get one of the sought-after tables in the Wirtshaus Refugium, it is absolutely essential that you make an early reservation. You will get fresh beer from the tap and down-to-earth food here made with fresh seasonal ingredients and for fair prices.