|Municipal assoc.||Königstein/Sächs. Schweiz|
|• Mayor||Thomas Richter|
|• Total||3.58 km2 (1.38 sq mi)|
|Elevation||112 m (367 ft)|
|• Density||99/km2 (260/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Rathen is a popular tourist destination, the main sights are the Bastei cliffs, the Amselsee (a lake), and the outdoor theater "Felsenbühne Rathen".
The Rathen Ferry, a passenger reaction ferry, connects Niederrathen, on the right bank of the Elbe river, to Oberrathen on the left bank. Kurort Rathen railway station, on the Dresden S-Bahn and the Dresden to Prague railway, is adjacent to the Oberrathen ferry terminal. Rathen is also a stop for the paddle steamers operating between Dresden and the Czech border.
Rathen was founded in the 13th century around 1261 as place for a castle fortress.
The state-recognised climatic spa of Rathen is not only the base for tours in the western part of Saxon Switzerland, but also for the world-famous Bastei rocks. Other popular destinations in the local Amselgrund valley are the lake of Amselsee and the Rathen Open Air Stage. There are a good 400 inhabitants on both sides of the Elbe, linked by a historic reaction ferry, that is a protected monument. In addition to the Old Mill of 1567, which was nearly demolished after the hundred year flood, there is a range of other timber-framed houses.
Duet to is proximity to the town of Wehlen the following wordplay saying is given to visitors: "Sie können Rathen wählen, ich würde Ihnen auch zu Wehlen raten." ("You can choose Rathen, I would also recommend Wehlen to you.")
Local places of interest
- Bastei with the Schweizerhaus, Bastei bridge and Bastei lookout
- Rathen Open Air Stage in the Wehlgrund
- Rhododendron park on the Kleine Bastei
- Amselgrund and Amsel Falls
- Saxon Switzerland National Park
- Castles of Neurathen and Altrathen
- Largest garden railway in the world at Eisenbahnwelten im Kurort Rathen
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