Königstein Fortress is one of the largest mountain fortress in Europe. Located in Saxon Switzerland Germany just over the border from the Czech Republic. Its unique landscape makes it a must see. Embedded into a rocky cliff atop a table mountain, it can be seen from afar.
Atop the fortress there are 50 buildings on the premises, some of which date back 400 years. Oldest written record of a castle on top of Königstein date to the year 1233. The medieval castle belonged to the Kingdom of Bohemia, Königstein meaning "King's Rock".
Until 1922 the fortress was used as a state prison in Saxony. During World War I the castle was used as a prisoner of war camp for the French and Russian army. In World War II it again served as a war camp for the British, French, Polish and other Allies. Today its open to the public and allows you to roam the grounds admiring its spectacular views.
Walk the 1.7 km walls and enjoy panoramic views of the Elbe River, Saxon Switzerland National Park, Eastern Ore Mountains, Dresden, and neighboring Czech Republic.
Take in the Christmas atmosphere of the advent markets. Make sure to get yourself some mulled wine and a Bavarian potato pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer) .
Visit the underground Christmas world in the casemates which are illuminated by dozens of Moravian stars. Here you can browse and shop arts and crafts from various craft makers.
Get there early as it tends to get crowded especially during the Christmas Markets. Allow yourself 2 hours to roam the premises.
Admission includes lift ride up (or you can walk up through the main gate by foot) and entrance to museums and exhibits.
Parking garage is located on site and costs 5€ for 4 hours. If parking garage is full you can get on street parking, it just makes for a longer walk to the fortress entrance.
For opening hours and prices check their website by clicking here.