Königstein Fortress ( Festung Königstein), or the ‘Saxon Bastille, is a hilltop fortress near Dresden, in Saxon Switzerland, Germany, above the town of Königstein on the left bank of the River Elbe. It is one of the largest hilltop fortifications in Europe and sits atop the table hill of the same name.
By far the oldest written record of a castle on the Königstein is datingback to the year 1233. The fortress played an important role in the History of Saxony, albeit less as a result of military action. The Saxon Dukes and Prince-Electors used the fortress primarily as a secure refuge during times of war, as a hunting lodge and maison de plaisance, but also as a state prison. The fortress is still intact and is now one of Saxony’s foremost tourist attractions in the federal state of Saxony.
Below a small selection of photos taken during a visit to Königstein Fortress. Click on a miniature-photo to enlarge it, then navigate using the arrows left/right of the photo or use the cursor keys on your keyboard.\