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Königstein Fortress

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The fortress Königstein, first mentioned in 1241, invites you to explore nature and culture.

Located in the middle of Saxon Switzerland and not far from the cultural metropolis of Dresden, the fortress Königstein is enthroned. The mountain fortress, first mentioned in 1241, already housed a monastery, a fortress, a pleasure palace, a state prison, a prisoner of war camp and a youth workshop. Today, the fortress offers a breathtaking panoramic view and a variety of exhibitions, for example on 400 years of fortress construction. 247 meters above the Elbe rises an area of 13 football pitches with more than 50 impressive buildings and a further green area. Nature and culture are brought together and lived on the Königstein Fortress. A variety of offers, from guided tours to events, hands-on events, gastronomy and holiday apartments, inspire half a million guests every year. Visitors can also admire the first Saxon garrison church (1676), the deepest fountain in Saxony at 152. 5 metres and the oldest preserved barracks in Germany at 433 years. But also the 1. 7 kilometre long panoramic trail with a view over the Elbe valley and the Elbe sandstone mountains guarantee a unique experience. With the help of the lift, the historic fortification is accessible for the most part. A final highlight is the “Painting Trail”, which passes Königstein and inspires artists over a distance of 116 kilometres and is considered one of the most popular hiking routes in Germany.


Königstein Fortress
Festung Königstein
01824 Königstein/Sächs. Schw.

Phone: +49 (0) 35021 64607
Fax: +49 (0) 35021 64609
Website: www.festung-koenigstein.de

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