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Königstein Fortress

Königstein Fortress
Panorama of the fortress

Königstein Fortress (German: Festung Königstein), the Saxon Bastille, is a famous historic mountaintop fortress near the town of Königstein. The fortress, which for centuries was used as a state prison and which is still intact, is one of Saxony's foremost tourist attractions, with 700,000 visitors per year. A castle since the mid-13th century situated on a prominent isolated rock, it originally belonged to the Kings of Bohemia, passing in 1408 to the Dukes of Saxony. Between 1516 and 1524, it included a monastery (Celestines), but it always remained a stronghold and a fortress with its own garrison; the fortifications were always updated and enlarged to meet the latest requirements of arms technology.

Because Königstein Fortress was regarded as unconquerable, the Saxon monarchs retreated to it from Wittenberg and later Dresden during times of crisis and also deposited the state treasure and many works of art from the famous Zwinger here; it was also used as a country retreat due to its lovely surroundings.

The imposing mountain fortress is not only a magnet for people interested in military history, but also for nature-lovers, who have a fantastic view of the picturesque Elbsandsteingebirge (Elbe Sandstone Mountains) and the foothills of the Osterzgebirge (East Ore Mountains) from the mile-and-a-half long fortified walls.

Hours: Open daily, April - September 9am - 8pm. October 9am - 6pm. November - March 9am - 5pm.

Admission: (including use of the lift and entrance to all exhibitions) Adults 6 €, Concessions 4 €. Guided tours are available.

[ Source: http://www.festung-koenigstein.de/museum/en/informations/index.php?navid=24 ]

Related: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festung_K%C3%B6nigstein
Address: Festung Königstein, 01824 Königstein
Tags: Königstein, Fortress, Museum

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