Never conquered in battle, the fortress in the air has been perched on its lofty sandstone mesa since 1241. You can reach the rock massif 247 m above the Elbe via 3 drawbridges or a lift. Originally the site of a medieval border castle, the fortress was extended into a hilltop citadel before serving as a federal prison from the 16 th Century onwards. Its most famous prisoner was Johann Friedrich Böttcher, co-inventor of European porcelain in 1706-07. The fortress was popular with Saxon royal August the Strong, who hosted sumptuous festivities there. Themed mediaeval evenings, with dinner, are now held in the underground vaults and casements, while the historic Christmas market, held annually at the castle conjures up the spirit of bygone times: to wander through the torch-lit yuletide market stalls is to be intoxicated by the sights, scented smells and spicy tastes of yesteryear.
Königstein Fortress offers a leaflet with tips for wheelchair users. This shows all accessible areas and observation points, as well as sections with obstacles or steep gradients. It is recommended for wheelchair users to be accompanied on the tour.
Telephone: 0 35021 / 64607