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.
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 schloesserlandCARD
| 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)
- via A17 (Dresden - Pirna), exit Pirna, further along B172 towards Bad Schandau
By city rail
- S1 (Dresden – Koenigstein – Schoena)
- bus line 241 (Pirna – Koenigstein – Hinterhermsdorf)
By steam ship
- Dresden – Koenigstein – Bad Schandau
By Fortress Express
- starting from Koenigstein and from Koenigstein parking lot
- signposted trails from Koenigstein up to the fortress (30 – 45 minutes)
Opening hours and admission prices
Koenigstein Fortress - closed
Closed opens on 01. March 2021
- Free entry
Further information on opening hours and admission prices can be found here