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. 

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)

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) 


Koenigstein Fortress

Am Königstein | 01824 Königstein

+49 (0) 35021 64607

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Opening hours and admission prices

Koenigstein Fortress

Closed opens Th. 09:00 - 18:00

09:00 bis 18:00
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Full rate :
12,00 EUR
Reduced rate :i
9,00 EUR

Further information on opening hours and admission prices can be found here