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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
01824 Koenigstein, Saxony, Germany
+49 35021 64607
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

Best to visit on a clear day to enjoy the views and experience at the fortress. If you explore the fortress patiently, you'll find little entrances to lesser-known areas for unique photo opportunities. Didn't see any signs banning drones, bring one to get a birds...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Festung-Koenigstein, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Koenigstein Fortress, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

Dear DougChan, thank you very much for your visit at Königstein Fortress. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. But we are sorry to tell you, that drones ar forbidden at Königstein Fortress. There are signs at the entrances which inform about...More

Reviewed November 22, 2018

If you are in Dresden, you can buy a train ticket and visit this lovely fortress. Keep in mind, that the buses to fortress hill do not operate during the winter time, and no other way to get there excepting by foot through the forest,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

Definitely worth a visit. This fortress above the river Elbe has a long history and spectacular views on the surounding areas. They charge a fee to get in but that's fair as the upkeep of such a building must be enormos. There are also a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

Views, displays, food, classic castle walls. Wow is the simple way to put this place. Worth taking a full day and the walk up the hill from the station. 10 euros for access is well worth paying and the amount on offer is well worth...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

An amazing fortress, one of Europe’s largest of kind. Large elevator took us up, several buildings, well maintained period style buildings. A shop/restaurant/beer garden and alright toilettes. Bring cash if you just want to buy a soda, perhaps they accept visa in the restaurant, but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Northmans
Reviewed September 2, 2018

We stayed in Bad Schandau and caught the red bus at 10.15 from outside the Elbhotel. We are glad we did, as the 5 euro fare seemed to cover the Festung Express from Koenigstein to the Fortress and then the little train up to the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Liz P
Reviewed August 17, 2018

This is the best fortress we've ever seen. The sheer scale of the walls, the amazing entrance (don't take the elevator and miss it!) then the surprise of finding a whole village at the top.... and I haven't even started on the views. We walked...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018

Worth the visit, it´s located 40 km from Dresden, easy way by train (S1). Take your time, go slowly, you will need some hours to enjoy the fortress and the views. It´s a big fortress on the mountains, above Elba River. If don´t speak deutsch,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ike W
Reviewed July 30, 2018

We arrived the Fortress late afternoon when the weather was just perfect for us to see the vast and stunning Saxony. Going to the Fortress, visitors have the option to either take the "train" (to save time…) or walk (and enjoy the surroundings), in our...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank R K F
Reviewed July 9, 2018

We stayed at the fortress for 3 hours, which means that us and the children (8,10,13) enjoyed it a lot. the museum is interactive and interesting both for the kids and the parents. The grounds of the fortress are calm and green. The views are...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Marshall J
May 1, 2018|
Response from Bizzy6 | Reviewed this property |
The path is wide and well-surfaced. It does go uphill but is not particularly steep. If you are unsure, take the little train up and you can still consider walking down.
December 15, 2017|
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Response from 280kaik | Reviewed this property |
To visit the castle you can be spontaneous. No booking in advance is necessary. Tickets for the castle you get at the bottom of the castle where there is a lift or at the main gate further up the hill. If you are fit you can... More
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Nora B
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February 2018 Itinerary Help (9 Replies)
TA was invaluable for feedback on a recent trip to Ireland so I hope for similar for our trip to Berlin in February. We are a mid-20s couple - we love beer, history, and walking. Here is our tentative agenda - any feedback is much appreciated it! My husband wanted to do 2 tours that I've already booked. We aren't too into museums as we have been to many of the major US museums and trying to include less stops. Based on our itinerary, I think we will just use the daily AB transport cards since...More
January 25, 2018|
Response fromdarrenmcc|
Seems reasonable. I assume Monday will be a reasonable amount of short stops or drive-bys? I've done a similar walk myself in about 2-3 hours. Two notes of caution: The East Side Gallery is nowhere near where you'll be, you need to take the S-Bahn to Ostbahnhof or Warschauer Strasse, and I personally find it disappointing. If you want to see the Berlin Wall and its real history, head for Bernauer Strasse. Second, the Stasi HQ is even further east than the ESG so you're unlikely to have...More
Day or overnight trips from Berlin in Aug/Sept (4 Replies)
I'm lookin at a 2 week trip to Berlin in Aug/Sept this year, and considering some day trips. I am looking for some recommendations of what you would recommend and why. Also, if any of the trains need to be booked in advance (due to price) I would like to know that. I prefer day trips to be about 2h or less travel time and to not have to book ahead as that way I can do more or less depending on weather and my mood. I will be travelling alone. Here is what I am considering. Potsdam ...More
March 23, 2012|
Response fromKristanBerlin|
Hi! I would say if you were going to visit two camps, Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald should be your choices. Ravensbrück is simply not as developed as a memorial site as the other two so unless you have a specific reason for wanting to visit, I think you can pass. Weimar definitely requires a day trip with an overnight there, but the town is worth it. You could time your trip to coincide with the Weimar Wine Festival in honour of Goethe's birthday? It runs August 23rd - 26th. While...More
Rathen questions (9 Replies)
Hello, Three of us will be staying in Rathen for two nights in July. We will be coming by train from Prague, then on to Berlin after our stay. We plan to do some easy hiking and possibly a bike ride while in the area, and have a few questions: Is there any place to rent bicycles in Rathen? Is there a good bike trail along the river? Our hotel is across the river from the train station: does the ferry run fairly late in summer? Would it be best to just hike around the immediate area, (Bastei...More
February 21, 2015|
Response fromanono99|
Thanks very much for the info! Cheers