Koenigstein Fortress

Impregnable Koenigstein Fortress crowns the rock plateau of a table mountain, which takes up the size of 13 soccer grounds. Here, more than fifty buildings as well as extensive green spaces invite visitors to explore everyday life at the fortress.

Because of its unique location, Koenigstein Fortress used to be a popular destination of the Saxon court for imposing festivities and ceremonies with high-ranking guests. Behind its solid walls, the Saxon state treasury was kept safe in times of political instability. Even the inventor of the Meissen porcelain, Johann Friedrich Boettger, was kept in protective custody at the fortress. The dungeons became known as the »Saxon Bastille«. Numerous prominent prisoners, such as the social democrat August Bebel  and writer Frank Wedekind, were left languishing here. 

Those who want to conquer Koenigstein Fortress today, may do it the easy way using a lift and a panoramic elevator. Numerous superlatives, such as the first Saxon garrison church, the giant wine barrel of Augustus the Strong or the deepest water well of Saxony, various exhibitions, original themed culinary experiences and a breathtaking panoramic view of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, entice visitors to climb and comquer the impregnable fortress.   

Benefits with the schloesserlandPASS

Free admission to the permanent exhibition
Use of the fortress elevator included
Free admission to the special exhibition

Arrival & map

Next City:  Dresden  (39 km)

Arrival information:

By car

  • via A17 (Dresden - Pirna), exit Pirna, further along B172 towards Bad Schandau

By city rail

  • S1 (Dresden – Koenigstein – Schoena)

By bus

  • bus line 241 (Pirna – Koenigstein – Hinterhermsdorf)

By steam ship

  • Dresden – Koenigstein – Bad Schandau

By Fortress Express

  • starting from Koenigstein and from Koenigstein parking lot  

On foot 

  • signposted trails from Koenigstein up to the fortress (30 – 45 minutes) 

Contact

Koenigstein Fortress

Am Königstein | 01824 Königstein

Cooperation partner of the Staatliche Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten gemeinnützige GmbH

+49 (0) 35021 64607
info@festung-koenigstein.de

More information available at:
www.festung-koenigstein.de

Opening hours

April to October

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

November to March

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Dec 24: closed

Last admission one hour before closing. 

Subject to modifications.

Ticket rates

  • Full rate 10,00 EUR
  • Reduced rate 7,00 EUR

March 25 to October 31 

  • Full rate: EUR 10.00 
  • Reduced rate: EUR 7.00 
  • 2 adults and up to 4 children: EUR 25.00 
  • 1 adult and up to 2 children: EUR 15.00 

November 1 to March 31

  • Full rate: EUR 8.00 
  • Reduced rate: EUR 6.00 
  • 2 adults and up to 4 children: EUR 21.00 
  • 1 adult and up to 2 children: EUR 13.00 

Higher ticket rates may apply at special events.

Special rate at the Day of Prayer and Repentance  (November 16, 2016): EUR 6.00 per person, EUR 13.00 per family! 

Subject to modifications.