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Grandeur with views over Elbe, Sandstone rock formations & Rathen. - Grünes Gewölbe

Bedrooms Studio
Space 882 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Grünes Gewölbe

The apartment Grünes Gewölbe is located on the ground floor of Villa Richter, facing the forest.


Living room, bedroom and kitchen flow into each other in this apartment. This feature creates an extra spacious feel. In order to make you feel perfectly at home a lot of attention has been given to the furnishings. You will sleep in a brass bed, designed in a style that was very popular at the Spanish court hundreds of years ago. The natural leather sofa and armchairs are the apartment's focal point. The kitchen in country house style continue the omnipresent feel luxury fitting a Villa. Each room has under floor heating, so that you will not lack comfort either.

About the property in

This completely renovated and monumental villa is situated on a mountain slope in the picturesque spa town of Rathen and offers exceptional views of the Elbe and sandstone rock formations. Its small railway station, the vintage paddlewheel-steamboats cruising the Elbe, and the characteristic mountains all add to the suggestion of being in a model-railway landscape.

In addition to many sporting activities Saxon Switzerland has a lot to offer culturally (theatre, castles, narrow-gauge railways and many museums). Should you need to recover, there are many Wellness treatments to choose from. And the local wines, from the most northern vineyards in Europe, are delicious.

Property Manager
Sylvia Brinkman
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, german, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Sylvia Brinkman

We - Sylvia Brinkman and Hugo van der Sluijs - met when we were students. Being passionate mountaineers we used as much of our spare time as possible to go away on climbing trips in Belgium, Luxemburg and, of course, Germany.

Around this time we started thinking about having a wonderful place to ourselves one day. Of course we fantasized a lot about our future ideal home. Our haven would be in a quiet area, with interesting scenery, ideally a place where rocks, deciduous forests and vineyards (agreeable climate) are found together. We then thought that the Pfalz, where we loved to climb, was the most likely place.

Our favourite sport changed from climbing to tour skiing, but our dream remained. We finally decided to put our plans into action a couple of years after the reunification of Germany. East Germany was completely unknown to us and so we set out to explore.

After a few visits to the east it was finally Saxon Switzerland's turn to receive us as their guests in Rathen. Right from our first visit one thing was crystal clear: this place surpassed everything we had ever seen.

We had a great time and, back in Holland, we could not stop thinking about Rathen. On one of our next visits we found Villa Richter. On first inspection we realized that this project would require a lot of dedication. And, the seize of this building surpassed anything we had ever dreamt off. The Villa's exceptional setting finally brought us round to take this big step.

After years of preparation the scaffolding was put up around Villa Richer on 1 May 2012. Some one-and-a-half years later we granted our architect discharge and we welcomed our first guests in the spring of 2014.

We hope you will be just as excited as we are by this location and its surroundings. We enjoy it immensely and from our house we now watch other climbers tackling the rocks.

Sylvia Brinkman purchased this villa in 2007

Why Sylvia Brinkman chose Niederrathen

Rathen is the centre of Saxon Switzerland, or, as it is also called, Elbe Sandstone Mountains. For its outstanding beauty at has been placed on Unesco's World Heritage List.

Surrounded by beautiful landscapes this picturesque little village has managed to hold on to its timeless atmosphere.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Richter lies in the quiet neighbourhood called Niederrathen which has very little traffic.

The Villa has been restored to its former Swiss land house style glory. The comfortable and spacious apartments are individually and stylishly decorated. This makes them Boutique holiday accommodation.

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Kurtaxe: Jugendliche zwischen dem 14. und dem 27. Lebensjahr sowie Azubis bezahlen 0,75 € pro Nacht und pro Person.
Die Parkgebühr beträgt 2,00 € pro Tag und pro Auto.
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Niederrathen Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 882 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Wellnesroom - toilet , tub , shower , Wellnessroom with extra-spacious bath and walk-in shower.
  • The bathroom, or wellness room really, has two washing basins, extra large bath an ditto walk-in shower with adjustable rain shower head. Beautiful tiles (Mosa Global Collection), with underfloor heating and mirror spanning the full width of the wall.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 king , Stylish copperbed, slatted base and Pocketed Spring mattress
    Sun lounge - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable sofa bed, slatted base and memory foam mattress
  • The luxurious bed lends your apartment a majestic appeal. The classical beauty of this showpiece is a reminder of the grandeur once enjoyed by the nobility. The sofa bed in the conservatory is a great place to lounge. It is easily converted into a comfortable bed on which a good night's rest is guaranteed.
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
You will use a code to enter the apartment. Therefore you are not tied to an appointment to exchange keys with our caretaker.


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Grünes Gewölbe
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Super Wohnung, tolle Gegend. Sehr zufrieden.

  • 5 of 5

Wohnung war genau wie beschrieben.

Sauber, sehr gut ausgestattet, tolle Lage mit Blick über Niederrathen.

Hat uns sehr gut gefallen, Empfehlung.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
57 Kilometres
Airport Dresden
Nearest Barpub
180 Metres
Beer garden Am Bach
Nearest Ferry
400 Metres
Landing stage Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt
Nearest Train
700 Metres
Nearest Motorway
27 Kilometres
Dresden - Prague
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Gaststätte Panorama
Nearest Ski
17 Kilometres
Rugiswalde & Altenberg
Car: not necessary


_________Bastei Brug (Bastion Bridge)_________

The 'Bastei' (Bastion) is the oldest tourist attraction and a major landmark in Saxon Switzerland. This place offers fantastic vistas of the bizarre rock formations that inspired many painters and poets, like Caspar David Friedrich. The 'Bastei' rises nearly 200 meters above the waters of the river Elbe which flows 110 meters above sea level. From Villa Richter the Bastei is a thirty minute journey taking the easy road, or approximately 70 minutes through the 'Schwedenlöcher'.


___Vestung Königstein (Königstein fortress)___

The Königstein fortress is a unique example of European hilltop fortress architecture. Situated on top of a table hill the fortress walls rise majestically to a height of 40 meters. The 9.5 hectare hilltop fortress, with its 2,2 km long rampart offers a splendid view of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the Eastern Ore Mountains. In total there are over 30 different buildings: such as the well house, the oldest Saxon garrison chapel, the Gatehouse, the old and new armoury and the old barracks.


_ Felsenbühne Rathen (Rathen Open-Air Stage)_

Near Villa Richter lies one of Saxon Switzerland's most popular destinations - Felsenbühne Rathen . Its unique location with its stage backdrop of real rock formations and its high round towers, turn it into, what is doubtlessly, "Europe's most beautiful natural theatre."

The evening performances are absolutely sublime. Under the canopy of the starry night sky the works of Shakespeare, Carl Maria von Weber and many others, are a joy to watch.


_______Schrammsteine (Rock formations)______

Tabletop mountains, stairways, via ferrata, impressive nature and fabulous walks.


________Elberadweg (Elbe Cycle Route)________

The 1260 km long Elberadweg is Germany's most beloved cycle route. Take this route for relaxing bike rides from Rathen to places like Pirna, Dresden and Meißen.

On the way you will come across castles (Pillnitz a.o.), vineyards and many attractive little restaurants and Biergärten (beer gardens).


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