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Design-Villa Waldfrieden ★★★★

Boutique & Design Hotel within Saxon Switzerland

The newly renovated Villa Waldfrieden is located on the Elbe in Schmilka, a part of Bad Schandau, next to the Eco-Hotel Helvetia.

An environmentally friendly renovated historical monument from the turn of the last century with magnificent wooden balconies, located on the sunny side of the river Elbe amidst a 2 acre park with its own meadow, beach and view to the famous rocks ‘Schrammsteine’.

A garden like the northern Italian lakes with old and rare trees, beautiful park paths, benches, sun loungers and old cypresses that spread a spicy fragrance in the evening invite guests to stay.

The extravagant interiors of the double rooms and suites are the result of the host's numerous travels. They tell stories from Italy to China, from India to Japan, individually and unique. According to the motto: around the world in 8 days!

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As a guest of the ‘Villa Waldfrieden’, you not only book a bed, but the three pillars of the holiday philosophy of the Eco-Retreat Schmilka: Accommodation + Culinary + Events.


The Villa Waldfrieden is located directly on the Elbe River, about an eight-minute walk from the historic center of the village of Schmilka, in the heart of the Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland National Park. Surrounded by forests and rock massifs of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, small half-timbered houses crowd up the hill to the historic mill, and hotels and guest houses line the banks of the Elbe. It is not surprising that this place was given the title "Most beautiful village of Saxony". You just have to experience this gem between village culture and nature.


Completely renovated, the Villa Waldfrieden is located next to the Eco-Hotel Helvetia. It has eight individual theme rooms and suites. The double rooms are about 21 to 26 m², the suites 33 to 47 m².

Healthy indoor climate through clay plaster and lime paints, electro-smog-free through mains disconnection and shielded electrical installations, natural latex sleeping systems, soaped natural wood floorings and wall-mounted radiant heaters make the holiday an all-round feel-good experience.

The windows are soundproofed. Free parking is available directly at the house, as well as at Eco-Hotel Helvetia adjanced.

Take a refreshing break in the extravagant rooms and suites of Villa Waldfrieden and let yourself go really well. In the morning, wake up to an extended late-riser breakfast with crispy-fresh bread rolls from the historic mill and organic bakery on the “Mühle”. How about a treatment or massage? Or you can use the panorama sauna opposite the watermill in the bathhouse and enjoy the pleasant smell of wood and natural materials. During the winter season, take a brave dip in one of the heated bath tubs or meet for a social gathering by the fireplace in the Mühlenhof. Explore on a hike, bike ride or even by paddle boat the beautiful surroundings of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Bicycles and e-bikes can be rented on site. Then come back to the beer garden in the Mühlenhof with hearty meals and treat yourself to a refreshing organic beer from the brewing company Schmilka. Or enjoy fresh and regional organic cuisine in the organic restaurant StrandGut and Café Richter on the Elbe. The evening will end relaxedly with amusing lectures on Schmilka's local history, live music in the Mühlenhof or a fun tournament at one of the historic slot machines in the mill.

You can easily reach Schmilka by train no. S1 from direction Dresden, stop Schmilka-Hirschmühle. Cross with the historic ferry "Lena" from 1924 and the holiday can start. The central reception is located in the Eco-Hotel Helvetia.

Villa Waldfrieden in a nutshell

  • situated at the banks of river Elbe
  • surrounded by a park to the Eco-Hotel Helvetia adjacent
  • 5 double rooms and 3 suites designed with individual themes
  • afficial 4 star rating by DEHOGA
  • 100% eco power, 100% organic Food
  • parking spaces free of Charge
  • no own reception, checkin an checkout in the adjanced Eco-Hotel Helvetia

in 8 clicks around the world

Taj Mahal

Of course, the Taj Mahal is in India. We've traveled a lot in the Far East & always loved it, sitting on floors & porches, brass accessories, the beautiful colors of spices, silk & scents, the happiness of these people. We tried to capture a little of this atmosphere in this apartment, it has a nice bedroom and the living room has a hookah lounge which you can use for sleeping as well as a beautiful wooden veranda with a view of the Elbe.

La Petite

We know France through chansons of the Piaf or Charles Aznavour and the procurement of spare parts for old BMW's. Limoges, the Midi Pyrenees, the Auvergne, there is hardly a corner that will not have explored in this country. We were always fascinated by the delicious patisseries. A little of it is also available in our Café Richter. La Petite is a small, bright room with lots of sun, a balcony and a wide view of the Elbe Valley, downstream on the Schrammsteine.


Fandian is the Chinese word for hotel. There we always made fun of the hot water jugs of green tea & wondering that most of the hotels were always so American. But you get green tea with us as well. Our fandian is decorated with antique elements that you just can not find in Chinese hotels anymore. Otherwise, there are in our house beautiful old cabinets, which we brought from Shanghai.


The former "Jägerzimmer" has become the "Safari". We were often in Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and most recently with the Dresden Dakar Rally in West Africa. There we are very enthusiastic about nature and wildlife. The room is cozy and in typical red and brown African soil. On the balcony, the evenings are like on the porch of the lodge on Ngorongorokrater. Only the roar of the lions is missing. The apartment has two rooms and two balconies.

Far North

Once a time ago, it was rather the leftovers, because under the attic. Under the attic it is still, but now opulently rebuilt with huge floor to ceiling windows to the west to the Schrammsteinen. It is reminiscent of a 3-day train ride in February to Bodö and on with the ship to the Lofoten to dance under the curtains of the northern lights. The Schrammsteine ​​are super photogenic from here, especially with a bottle of "Prickel" and maybe with Vivaldi's "Four Seasons".

Fuji San

Mr. Fujisan, the mountain that rises above everything, has impressed us, like many other things in Japan. At that time, more than 60 U $ for the night in a typical Japanese hostel were not in it. So we slept mostly on a rice straw mat on the floor. These impressive experiences have also flowed into Fuji San. Typical items from Japan, one of our favorite rooms & almost fully booked.

Ali Baba

As a child, I was constantly devouring Hauff's little Muck, especially the DEFA version of Wolfgang Staudte. I found something in the Middle East, but really only in Morocco. We visited the royal cities in the early 90s with the caravan and there we found it, this fairy tale of a thousand and a night. And fairytale sleep is in this Alibaba always announced even if the 40 robbers are missing. The hammam is the dream, say all our guests, it also reminds of Aladin with his magic lamp.


For the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona an evening card catches and the last rays of the sun through the glass art of a Gaudi our heart seizes. The sunsets in the Elbe Valley are also unique, as the Schrammsteine ​​and the sky glow in the sunset. Caspar David Friedrich had already captured her, the special mood, in his pictures of the "Elbgebirge". His colleague Gaudi is here especially in the crazy bathroom. The apartment faces west and has two rooms and two balconies.


Regional tastes so awesome



There is always something in Schmilka





Schmilka - the organic retreat in the National Park©

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