Peace and retreat on the hilltops of the Elbe Valley.
An autonomous rural community up until 1934, today, Wahnsdorf is part of the town of Radebeul in the rural Saxon district of Meissen. Originally built along one street with a village green, the village is situated high above the Elbe Valley on the Lössnitz plateau.
Unlike the historic and increasingly exclusive villa-filled suburbs of Dresden located directly on the banks of the Elbe, Wahnsdorf’s appearance is still dominated by detached and semi-detached houses of all kinds. Due to its geographical separation from the other districts of Radebeul, Wahnsdorf is the only municipal district to have its own town council.
The 246 metre-high Wahnsdorfer Kuppe is crowned by the former Wahnsdorf weather station, built in 1916 by the head of the Royal Saxon Meteorological Observatory, meteorologist and inventor Paul Schreiber. Along with the Fichtelberg weather station in the Erz Mountains, these were two of the first state-owned meteorological observatories.
There are also a number of architectural monuments to be found in and around Wahnsdorf. For example, these include the former power station in the Lössnitz Valley, “Um Pfeiffer” a hillside guest house situated in the hills above the Lössnitz Valley and the nearby Todhübel, a protected natural site of special interest.
Today, Wahnsdorf is known as a quiet residential area away from the hustle and bustle of tourists that is found in the nearby Elbe Valley. Numerous holiday homes and restaurants offer the full range of modern amenities for day visitors and overnight guests. A children’s daycare centre means that Wahnsdorf is also attractive for young families. The excellent connection with the road network as well as several bus stops throughout the village mean that Radebeul and Dresden can both be reached very quickly.