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Koenigstein Fortress
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Bastei Bridge and Fortress Königstein day Tour from Prague
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Small-Group Bastei Bridge and Fortress Königstein Day Tour from Dresden
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 16, 2013

The size of this place will take your breath away, especially if you choose to walk to the gate. I have been to most of the castles and forts on the Rhine, the forts of the Maginot line, the forts of Belgium and Holland. I had not even heard of this place before I took my trip to Dresden. None of the before mentioned structures have the view nor power of presence this place has. You can see this fort on the horizon miles before you get to it. I am more interested in WWII than 1800's military, but they even had a few items of direct interest to me in one of their museums. A really wonderful place. It is worth planning into a day trip from Dresden.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We recently returned from a visit with family in Germany and took a several side trips around the region. One of the places that we visited was a little village just called Papstdorf in the Saxon Switzerland region. It is not to far outside of Dresden. We stayed at a nice little B&B that my cousin new about, called “Ferienpension Gabriele.” Unfortunately, we cannot find it listed on TripAdvisor or we would have done a review on it also. It is really a very nice little place to stay. One note, they only spoke German there. While staying there, we visited Fortress Königstein or Festung Königstein as it is better known. If you are into history and military things this is a must see place. The fortress is about 400 years old and has never been captured by force. It is surrounded by steep cliffs with only on easily defended entrance. Its high location above the Elbe River gives it wonderful views in 360 degrees of the Saxon – Switzerland region. On a clear day, you can even see Dresden, Germany. If you are in reasonable good shape, you can walk up to the castle but for those faint of heart, there is also a small shuttle tram. It is nice to just walk around the walls which are a decent walk in itself as it really is a large fortress. First mention of a castle here was in 1233. Since that time it has served various functions as castle, fortress, monastery, prison (state and military during several wars) and tourist attraction. It is a wonderful place to visit and well worth the effort to find it. Many hours can be spent wandering around the grounds and buildings. One the square, you can find a restaurant with food ranging from snacks and ice cream to full meals. If you are in need of just liquid refreshments, there is also some good German beer.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Not many castles are advertised as never being conquered but as soon as you see this one you will understand. This fortress is huge and it is really located in a strategic are on the top of the hill with many defenses mechanisms all around.
I went there by hiking from the city, it takes 45m and it isn’t that hard, but you can take a bus from the city. You should walk past the gates instead of taking the lift since that is part of the adventure to see how well guarded is the gate and how steep is the ramp to enter the castle.
The audioguide really worth the extra money since you will get precious information to understand how the castle worked and the purpose of each one of the buildings inside.
The views are precious and really show why this location was chosen to build the castle.
You have some restaurants inside so you don’t need to worry in bringing food but for sure it is nicer to have a picnic enjoying the view (and much cheaper).
To return to the city I decided to take a bus and that part is not really well explained. You have a small bus going from the castle to the parking lot (only 10 or 15 minutes walking) and from there you need to take other bus to the city of Königstein. For sure it would be faster (and much cheaper – FREE) to just hike back, but now I know.
This place is overwhelming! If you are scare of heights, well, just avoid looking down but go there anyway because this attraction is one of a kind.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

For those of you who like history, enjoy tales about knights and for the ones who admire astonishing buildings from a time where machines did not exist a great place to visit. One of the biggest never conquered fortresses in the world. It's worth to park on the public parking and take the 15 minute walk up the hill where enormous walls open up to your views. For people who are not good to foot there is an elevator to ensure you can also enjoy a well kept historic building.
If you have time walk around the fortress to imagine what it took to bring up this walls. Great walk with amazing views.

Thank Nomadtravel13
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

The Festung Königstein is wonderfully situated on a large sandstone outcropping in Saxon Switzerland. The fortress is easily accessable as it is situated just above the town of Königstein, which is on the S1 line of the Dresden S-Bahn. From there, you can either take a bus or walk to the top. The walk takes about 40 minutes and is quite nice. It is uphill the whole way, however.

Inside the fortress are dozens of buildings and installations that you can look inside. I definitely recommend getting an audioguide, as there is little information posted. Even if you don't, however, you can easily spend a couple of hours walking around the site. It was very busy when I visited, but I noticed that most people tended to hang around the outer walls to take in the views, leaving the interior areas relatively quiet. It's understandable why everyone likes to be at the walls, however, as the views are indeed very good (although no different from what you can see elsewhere in Saxon Switzerland) and extend in every direction.

Thank MrChimpster
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