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Festung Koenigstein

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Address: 01824 Koenigstein, Saxony, Germany
Phone Number:
+49 35021 64607
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Festung Königstein (Königstein Fortress) is a unique monument to the art of...

Festung Königstein (Königstein Fortress) is a unique monument to the art of European fortress construction. Its 750 years' history have made it an impressive configuration of late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and 19th century architecture. All adults and children will find something of interest on our 9.5 ha large fortress. You should plan at least two hours for a tour of the fortress. During a guided tour you will also be able to access the underground casemates. Casemate - ital. casa matta (covered house) – cannon-proof fortress rooms.

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Fantastic castle

We visited on a fairly cold, clear day in December, after Christmas. We travelled by train, and then walked up to the castle from the town along the Malerweg footpath. This... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 December 2016
Jeremy D
Bingley, United Kingdom
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Bingley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We visited on a fairly cold, clear day in December, after Christmas. We travelled by train, and then walked up to the castle from the town along the Malerweg footpath. This starts as a steep path with lots of steps. Fortunately, it wasn't icy on the day we visited. After a while the path becomes less steep, and skirts below... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Very interesting place, excellent outlook from the walls. Very good service incl. the car parking. Unfortunately the entrance fee is quite high, for a map and audio guide you have to pay extra. Once you pay you have a free access to all facilities - but too large to enjoy them all during a single visit! Fabulous place, one of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

What to say much more? It is absolutely fantastic! Some advice - if you have some more time take the walk of the guards around the walls of the castle - you enter it by turning right ("Malerweg") just after the path from the parking garage, the keep close to the walls You will need good shoes and be ready... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The place is really huge. You park your car and wlk to the entrance and take the elevator up to the fortress. For entry you pay at the time I was there €10 and it is worth it. The fortress is immensily big and if you wish to see everything it will take you half a day pending on your... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

This Saxon fortress is just outside of Dresden. Is on top of a mountain with multiple buildings . Two most interesting sights are the Palace and the extremely deep well .

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This place is really huge and you can actually walk to this place or also by lift/elevator. Entry ticket costs 10 Euros for Adult (including the lift transport) and extra 3 Euros for Audio Guide. There is also bus transport from the parking place to the fort, but its not very far and is easily walk-able. At the top of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

We went here for a half-day trip (In the morning, we went to Bastei). From Kurort Rathen (the nearest train station from Bastei/Rathen), we took the train to Konigstein. You can see the fortress from the train or from the ferries. We got lost on the way because we got off at the wrong stop. I recommend to just take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

The castle is large and sits on top of a table mountain in the Elbe sandstone hills. The views are simply amazing and well worth the effort to get there. We were there early on a sunny Sunday morning, the first car in the parking garage, the first to buy tickets and to take the elevator with the employees. This... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Initially I found the journey up to the Fortress very touristy and it seemed a venture designed to squeeze every last drop of money out of people. No-one who worked at either the castle, in the toilets (pay! Again!), or on the little train to take you from the car park about 3 minutes up to the castle (pay! Again!)... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This interesting fortress would make a better visit for those not fluent in German if there were captions in other languages. The Audio Guides available are fine for navigating the complex but do not cover the contents of the many structures. The town is on the S1 S-Bahn line and there is a bus up to the Fortress which is... More 

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