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Königstein Fortress

Königstein Fortress: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Dresden: Saxon Switzerland National Park Full-Day Trip

1. From Dresden: Saxon Switzerland National Park Full-Day Trip

Explore the bizarre rocky landscape of the Saxon Switzerland National Park on a panoramic double-decker bus tour from Dresden. Marvel at the Bastei lookout rock, the world-famous Bastei Bridge, and the breathtaking circular route of the Königstein Fortress. Gather at the meeting point in Dresden then set off toward the picturesque Saxon Switzerland National Park. Swiss painters discovered the sandstone cliffs as a landscape backdrop more than 200 years ago, and the park's well-known natural highlights such as Schrammsteine, Rathen, and the Kirnitzschtal have inspired numerous artists, including Caspar David Friedrich and Richard Wagner. On this tour, go directly into and through the national park with your German-speaking guide. Soak up stunning panoramic views throughout, especially from the Bastei lookout rock (entry included). Explore the Königstein Fortress, one of the largest fortifications in Europe (entry not included). To conclude your tour, you can either return to Dresden by simply staying on the bus, or you can take an optional boat ride back to the city on the oldest and largest side-wheel steamer fleet in the world. The boat ride is not included and can only be purchased onsite.

Königstein: Entry Ticket to Königstein Fortress in Saxony

2. Königstein: Entry Ticket to Königstein Fortress in Saxony

Explore the gigantic mountain fortress of Königstein with more than 50 imposing buildings such as barracks, armouries, underground casemates, the deep well, and well-kept gardens with these entry tickets. Enjoy the tranquillity of the rock plateau and take the 1.7 km (1 mi) long walk along the fortress wall for panoramic views of Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland National Park, Dresden, and the Ore Mountains. Once inside, discover historical military technology and architecture spanning eight centuries. Experience interactive exhibitions on the multi-faceted history of the weir system, including artillery and fortress construction in the Old Armory, the state prison on the Königstein in the Georgenburg, and the former safe of the Saxon State Reserve in the Treasury. Marvel at the art of European fortress construction an the ensemble of buildings of late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and 19th-century architecture, which is unique in Europe.

Dresden: Königstein Fortress Paddle Steamer Cruise

3. Dresden: Königstein Fortress Paddle Steamer Cruise

Witness the versatility of „Dresden Elbe” and the Saxon Switzerland with a cruise between Dresden and Königstein. From bizarrely shaped rock formations via opulent wine-growing districts and fascinating baroque palaces through to the unique skyline of Dresden. Only the city center of Dresden, with the Frauenkirche, Semperoper, and the Brühl´s Terrace, presents priceless views. Above that, you can discover the three beautiful Elbe castles and the Pillnitz Palace and Park along the riverbanks of the Elbe while driving.  In Saxon Switzerland await the cities Pirna, Stadt Wehlen and Kurort Rathen and also Königstein to be spotted. Here you can admire the world-famous “Festung Königstein”, which is 250 meters high and looks back at a history of more than 700 years. This tour offers different options for traveling, like a round trip or single trips with start in Dresden or Königstein. Please check the several journey times.

Wrocław: Königstein Fortress and Bastei Bridge Day Trip

4. Wrocław: Königstein Fortress and Bastei Bridge Day Trip

Travel to the hills of Germany's Saxon Switzerland on a day trip from Wrocław. Tour the Königstein Fortress complex, one of the largest hilltop fortifications in Europe, with an audio guide. Hike to a picturesque set of towering sandstone rocks to the historic Bastei Bridge. After pickup from Wrocław, head towards the hilltop Königstein Fortress through the scenic landscapes of the Saxon Switzerland region. Tour the fortification with an audio guide and enjoy spectacular views over the Elbe River and the rest of the valley. Once at the top, admire walls made of sandstone. Learn about the history of this place, nicknamed the “Saxon Bastille”, due to its use as a prison over the centuries. After the audio-guided visit of the whole complex, enjoy free time to try local dishes or some Saxon beer. Next, explore the beauty of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Upon arrival, take a 1 km (0.6 mile) walk to Bastei Bridge and be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Elbe and jagged sandstone rocks. Erected in the mid-19th century with its 7 emblematic arches, it rises to a height of 305 meters. From here, you can decide if you want to visit the ruins of the medieval Neurathen Castle (not included) or have a break for food and drinks before returning back to Wroclaw.

Dresden: Bike Rental for a Day - Pedelec

5. Dresden: Bike Rental for a Day - Pedelec

E-Bike (Pedelec) with central motor - no distance is too far, unlimited riding fun with a tailwind 28 inch, 7 gears, anti-puncture tires, hub dynamo, LED lighting, back pedal, rim brakes Would you like to explore the Dresden area in an environmentally friendly, active and effortless way? Our e-bike with a powerful mid-engine (e.g. from Bosch) is our recommendation for trips to Moritzburg (up the mountain..😉), to Meissen or to the Saxon Switzerland National Park. One time by bike to Königstein Fortress in the middle of the national park and back? No problem for this e-bike! This e-bike is particularly suitable for long-distance trips, inclines and headwinds. Here you can experience pure driving pleasure. We would be happy to advise you on site about route recommendations, places to stop for refreshments and insider tips.

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What people are saying about Königstein Fortress

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 452 reviews

Great trip with enough time to see the Bastei bridge and the Königstein castle. Really worth the money. Kind and funny driver. People were laughing through out. Thanks a lot.

A nice activity without stress of schedules, free choice of visits, good driver with good information Excellent value for money

It was a very entertaining and very informative day tour. Our departure gave many valuable tips and drove very comfortably.

Relaxing steamer trip to Saxon Switzerland, relaxation, pure relaxation, pleasant trip on the Elbr

It was good and comfortable. The driver was so friendly.