Koenigstein Fortress
Koenigstein Fortress
4.5
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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VIVID HISTORY WITH A PANORAMIC VIEW The gigantic hilltop fortress with more than 50 imposing buildings such as barracks, casemates, the deep well, and well-kept gardens offers culture, nature, and fun for large and small explorers. The 1.7 km long panorama walk along the fortress wall offers stunning views of the Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland National Park, the Elbe Valleythe, and Dresden. Theme tours give insights into the fortress’s history and enable access to imposing rooms such as subterranean casemates and ammunition loading systems as well as the Giant Cask Installation (only for groups). A Large Fortress for Little Explorers Children can explore the fortress with a special audio guide, play several search games, borrow costumes free of charge in the exhibition “IN LAPIDE REGIS”, and much more. Concerts, festivities, and events give variety. Especially popular: Morning picnic with a view above the Elbe Valley | Organ concerts at the Garrison Church | Christmas Market
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Pavel
Budapest, Hungary40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Beautiful big fortress covered with trees, some of the parts resemble a park. Great view of the Saxon Switzerland around. A lot of information about the history, which is well presented. Many firearms on display, strong walls, another exhibitions (dungeon, living rooms…) and you can feel those times. Two hours are not enough (as suggested by other reviewrs).
Written October 17, 2023
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tripexpedia
Berlin, Germany74 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This castle is certainly amazing with a great view on the river Elbe and surrounding. But its far to expensive! 12 Euro per adult. Family ticket 30 Euro. Food in the castle totally overpriced.

For that reason I cannot recommend to go there. Better visit the Bastei bridge which has a spectacular view and its free of charge!
Written April 23, 2019
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ABK
Storm Lake, IA111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The views of the Elbe River and surrounding valley from Festung Koenigstein are beautiful. It is also amazing to see how this fortress was built on and into the massive rocks. FYI, a large service elevator is available if you don't have the time, or inclination to hike up and/or down.

Once we had reached the top we enjoyed walking the perimeter and taking in the views from all directions. After that we moved to the interior to take in some of the exhibits and I was not impressed with those. Rather than being able to move through them fluidly, you have to be constantly consulting your site map as individual exhibits are scattered about in the various buildings. (I do realize this is probably to some extent just the given layout.) Several of the exhibits use the very outdated and staid museum technique of posed mannequins behind glass. Some updated interactive elements have been added, be they don't seem to be cohesive with the whole. We took in about four or five of these exhibits, and while my husband was still interested, myself, my children, and our traveling companion were feeling quite nonplussed. A secondary caution, mentioned in some of the other reviews is the very high price of food and concessions. Naturally you would expect a mark-up, but this was ridiculous. Do yourself a favor and bring snacks or grab a cheap sausage at one of the little imbisses on your way up. I also felt the admission prices in general were way high---30 euros for family ticket. (By comparison a family ticket at Veste Oberhaus in Passau is only 10 euros.) Coupled with the high food prices it really seemed like price gouging.

I read a fellow reviewer recommend the nearby Bastei Bridge for gorgeous (and free) views of the area. In hindsight I wish we had considered that option.

As a P.S., the Kletterwald Konigstein near the bottom of the fortress is a really fun and reasonably priced kid friendly activity after a few hours of sightseeing. Our 11 and 9 year olds really enjoyed it!
Written August 27, 2019
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Robber222
Santiago, Chile259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
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!) were friendly. So it does feel a little like a rip off. But when you get up to the Fortress, it's special and interesting. The rooms are lovely and the whole thing's impressive and the scale amazing. Lots of queuing though...
Written July 24, 2016
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Karin C
Christchurch, New Zealand333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Stopped here on our way from Dresden to Prague. Man what a huge place and so cleverly built in and around the rock formations. A fortress that was never breached, no wonder. Had coffee and a piece of the most yummy cake baked fresh right there in a wood fired oven. Glorious day again, we have been so lucky on this trip.
Written January 8, 2015
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marta_A_UA
Kyiv, Ukraine33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
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, upstairs, at least 40 minutes :)
So during the "low" season you can plan your trip by own car, with the organized tour or you can ask kind lady in the post office to help you and order a taxi, which pick you up to the hill for some 20 Euro :)
Written November 22, 2018
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Bizzy6
Wernberg, Germany332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
After reading various things on here we took the little train up to the foot of the castle from the car park, and even bought return tickets(€8 for two of us). If we had realised how short the distance is we wouldn’t have bothered (it might make sense with small children or for the less able-bodied).
At the foot of the castle we chose to walk the rest rather than take the lift. The fortress is very impressive and the views it affords of the Elbe and surrounding area even more so, despite the damp weather and slight fog. We took neither the tour nor the audio guide and spent 6 hours exploring the plateau. There are several buildings with exhibitions, some with extensive audio-visual material and the option for kids to dress in period costumes.
Before walking down, we took the “patrol path” around the outside of the fortress to walk around it. In parts the path was very narrow along steep drops and only when we came out the other side did we discover a sign saying it was closed due to damage.
All in all, a great place to visit and with a ticket for an adult at €8, definitely worth it.
Written November 5, 2017
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Kai K
Coburg, Germany221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
You start at the parkhouse where you can leave your car. If you are fit save your money and don’t take the tourist train to the castle.
The walk is not long app. 500 m up the hill. You reach the castle where you either buy a entrance ticket and take the elevator up the hill to the castle or walk further up the hill to a second entrance and buy your ticket there. The prize is the same.
Reaching the top there are several buildings some with exhibitions.
Some buildings are closed for renovation.
You find a restaurant up there as well, which serves coffee, drinks and local food almost all day.
The platform you are on is huge and you can spend hours up there without being bored.

Written November 3, 2017
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hellmbeck
Fishers, IN792 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Huge fortress, scenic and sweeping views, 2nd deepest well here in Europe. This is a fortress, not a palace. We were visiting family in the area of Dresden and they surprised us with a visit here. We've been to a lot of castles,palaces and fortresses in Europe. In our opinion, this one is the best-preserved medieval fortress and truly gives you a feel for what it must have been like "back in the day". It can be a rather strenuous walk (if you don't take the elevator entry) but so worth it. Museum onsite is also worth a visit. Beautiful views of the Elbe. Nice, rustic sit-down restaurant also. It can be cool and windy, so jacket recommended.
Written August 6, 2017
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Jeremy D
Bingley, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
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 the castle, with glimpses of the high walls towing above. Seen from below, the castle is truly impressive. Walking up through the woods is an excellent way to approach the castle, but to do this you need to be reasonably fit and wearing good outdoor shoes or boots. The lift from the ticket office is an excellent way in to the castle. After entering, the views from the ramparts in all directions are superb. We ate lunch in the self-service restaurant, which met the need (typical German food). The various exhibitions and displays were interesting, especially "In Lapidae Regis" in the building above the gate. We spent several hours in the castle. We left by descending through the main gate, which is the most impressive of any castle I have visited. The roadway is very steep, and I was glad to be descending! The views of the ramparts from below were again superb. We descended back to the station by taking the Malerweg towards Thürmasdorf, to reach the Alte Festungsstraße. The initial section was fairly steeply downhill, and some of the wooden steps were slippery. The Alte Festungsstraße was much more comfortable: a stone-paved roadway. To sum up, the castle is one of the best I have visited. It is really impressive, and walking up from the station really puts the visit in perspective.
Written December 30, 2016
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