Fortress Königstein

Königstein Fortress is an ensemble of diverse structures built over seven centuries. Just like a living organism, each building had its own specific function, in order to guarantee the survival of its inhabitants during times of both peace and war.

Although it was never conquered, Königstein was a showcase of European history and hosted many influential personalities. Not only the kings and electors of Saxony visited here; Tsar Peter I, Crown Prince Friedrich of Prussia (later Friedrich II) and Napoleon counted among its guests.

The most impressive views to take away with you - over 120 photographs and colour illustrations present Königstein fortress at its most beautiful.
Vivid and immediate - clear illustrations give an authentic taste of daily life 100 years ago.

Overview of the history - a timeline sets out the significant events and aids understanding of overall historical context.

The sights in overview - elevation drawings and a map of the area provide insights and connections.

Castle and Monastry

Fortress Construction

August the Strong

State Prison


Barricade Fort

Prisoner of War Camp

Fortress Königstein

The mountain fortress of Saxon Switzerland