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A nice bike ride from Königstein to the Czech village of Dolni Žleb. Between Königstein and Bad Schandau is for cyclists only the right bank to ride. In Königstein with the ferry crossing to the right bank. The town of Bad Schandau has a few nice terraces. The bicycle track go further through the locality Postelwitz which has beautifully restored half-timbered houses. Via a nice bike path to the village Schmilka to make the border crossing. Directly across the border in the village Hrensko is every day an oriental market. Famous for cheap cigarettes and strong alcohol. Near the village Dolni Žleb with the cable ferry to the left bank. About a good bike path back to Germany and the locality Krippen. Here on the ferry to the right bank and via Bad Schandau back to Königstein. By the pier of the ferry near Königstein is a nice and cozy terrace. A cozy place for cyclists.
Also a nice ride is from Königstein to Castle Pillnitz. Between Königstein and Kurort Rathen is for cyclists only the left bank to ride. From Kurort Rathen are the banks on both sides to ride. We have to the ferry in Pillnitz the left side followed. Take the time to visit the old and nice village of Pirna. From Pirna beyond Heidenau is bad cycling, one large industrial area. Near Pillnitz with the ferry to the right bank. Teak the time to visit the Palace Pillnitz with its beautiful parks and gardens. On the right bank via Pirna back to the lovely village Wehlen. Please take the time to visit the cyclists church on the cosy center. Then go to Kurort Rathen, there with the cable ferry to the left bank and back to Königstein.
For an impression of this cycling tours see my home made video Cycling along the Elbe .
Updated May 4, 2009
Address: Elbe valley
If you like you can with the Festung-Express to the high fortress. This train runs every 10 minutes from the parkingplace to the foot of the fortress. From the parkingplace, it is a solid 20-minute walk.
But how you go to the fort, it is most rewarding. It's nice take the glass elevator to go upstairs. This possibility is included in the entrance fee.
The fort has a great history, but this page has too little space to describe everything.
Go befor the history to Festung Königstein (the Englisch page).
For a short visual impression see my home made video Fortress Königstein.
Updated Jan 16, 2009
Address: Germany, State Saxony, Elbe valley
With an Oldtimmer double-decker from Königstein via Bad Schandau to the Bastei. A hour drive through a beautiful landscape to the parkingplace of the Bastei. From the parkingplace about 15 minutes walking or with a traditional horse and carriage to the beginning of the Bastei cliffs. The reward is a special rock bridge and some lovely views on the cliffs and rocks and impressive views over the valley of the Elbe river.
Note: of course, this trip is also possible with your own car.
Note: "OLDI" stands for Oldtimmer Double-decker.
See for a short impression my home made video The Bastei.
Updated Jan 12, 2009
Address: Germany, Saxon Switzerland, the Elbe valley
You like romance aboard a historical paddle-steamer? Start a tour with the world's oldest steamship fleet through the fair and beautiful landscape along the river Elbe.
We followed this advice and with the historical paddle-steamer Pillnitz seals we from Königstein to Dresden. It's really a beautiful 3-hours boat trip and you arrives at the centre of Dresden ( see the video Dresden .) After a visit to Dresden, the return is not a problem, take the train.
For this boat trip impression see my video With a paddle-steamer from Königstein to Dresden .
Updated Jan 4, 2009
Address: Germany state Saxony - Elbe valley
Situated 240 m above the river Elbe, Königstein is unlike all other Saxon castles and places. It has always been considered invincible. With an area of 9.5 hectares it is one of the largest fortresses in Germany, and the Wettins used it as a hideway for themselves and the art and state treasures in times of war. For more than 400 years of its history Königstein was primarily a military fortress. History is reflected in the architecture of its buildings, which show the influences of various epochs.
Special features: Well house with water pumps, old and new Arsenal, Treasure House, Georgenburg castle, Garrison church, Friedrichsburg with a "Toschlein-deck-dich" (table-set-yourself, in reference to a Grimm fairy tale: a small table that could be lowered to the kitchen directly under the dining area and then raised fully set), commander's apartment with period interior, stable, state prison.
April - September 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November - March 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last admission: hour before closing time.
Fortress is open 7 days a week
Only closed on 24 December.
The Fortress closes at 3.30 p.m. on 31 December.
Adults € 5.00
(10 % discount for groups of 20+ adults.)
Concessions € 3.00
Family ticket (parents and children up to the age of 16) € 12.00
Children up to the age of 16 in groups of 15+ € 2.00
Passenger and goods lift & panorama lift € 1.50 (both up and down)
(Disabled persons and families with prams can use the lifts free of charge.)
The new panorama lift is in operation from April to October daily.
Higher admission prices can apply during special events.
Special admission prices apply on the day of prayer and repentance, the 21. November 2007: Each visitor only pays € 2.00, and families € 5.00.
Written Jul 11, 2007
Address: D-01824 Königstein
Phone: +49 (0350) 2164607
You can also see the commander's living rooms and offices. They are originally preserved.
In 2003 when I visited there was also an exhibition "Fortress Königstein - State Prison of Saxony". I don't know how long this will be shown, though. But it is very interesting - especially the story of the rise and fall of Saxony's chancellor Krell who was imprisoned here 1591 - 1601 (executed then).
Updated Oct 31, 2003
Georgenburg is the oldest part of the fortress. It towers up above the entrance area on the northwestern edge of the plateau.
The (very few) oldest parts date from 13th century. From 1589 on it was again and again reconstructed. It got its final look in the 17th century.
Its history is very interesting: it was used as prison; 1705 - 07 Böttger did his chemical studies (he invented the European ("Meissen") porcelain later in Dresden) here; and it was home for the commander and his family.
Isn't this loggia on the pic beautiful? Reminds me of Italy!
Written Oct 31, 2003
One of the architectural highlights is the enchanting Friedrichsburg. 1589 - 91 Paul Buchner built an octagon-shaped small pavillon called Christiansburg. This pavillon was reconstructed in Baroque style in 1731. The now magnificent building was used for Royal parties.
After a visit of Prussian's prince Friedrich (later Friedrich the Great) it got his name.
Nowadays it is used for wedding ceremonies. How about you?
Updated Oct 31, 2003
Altes Zeughaus was built 1594 by Paul Buchner for storage of all sorts of military material except powder. It has a beautiful Renaissance hall with Tuscan style pillars (similar to this of the Albertinum in Dresden) on the first floor. Nowadays it houses an interesting exhibition of the Military Museum Dresden.
After 1871 the upper floors were used as prison. One of the first prisoners was August Bebel (1874). In both World Wars prisoners from France and Russia were arrested here.
Updated Oct 31, 2003
The well was essential for the defence of the fortress.
It is 152.5 m deep (the second deepest in Germany) - a stunning work of mining workers from Freiberg. The water-engine is in perfect shape and still working! See a show, offered a couple of times every day.
The building above the well is a work of famous architect Pöppelmann who was the architect of the Zwinger Palace in Dresden.
Updated Oct 31, 2003