The Königstein Fortress

If these walls could talk – 800 years of history high above the Elbe River

The changing exhibitions, historical buildings and magnificent views are an absolute must-see at the Königstein Fortress. A large part of the historical area is accessible by wheelchair.



The fortress from above / Photo: Archive National Park Management

Distance: up to personal condition
Obstacles: uneven paths and slopes, assistance for wheelchairs recommended
Accessibility in wet conditions: yes
Transport connections: Bus line 241, stop Am Königstein (zur Festung), S-Bahn S1 to Königstein
Parking: free parking at the entrance of the fortress (with ID), car park (subject to charge)
Refreshments: from beer gardens to adventure restaurants, there are various offers directly at the fortress


Rollifahrer schaut durch FernrohrDelicious smells rise from the Christmas market on cold winter days and in the summer the casemates of the fortress offer some refreshing coolness. The Königstein Fortress is open all year round.

The barrier-free access to the fortress is only possible via the large lift at the main entrance. You can get there by bus line 241. A few times a day this does not go directly from Pirna to Hinterhermsdorf or Bad Schandau, but it makes a little detour to the foot of the fortress at the main entrance. If you choose to arrive via S-Bahn you should consider that the ascent to the fortress is very steep and partly over uneven ground. We strongly recommend a strong person to assist you.

You can find many tips on the accessible tours around the fortress on the flyer “Tour – with tips for wheelchair users” and the home page:



Wegweiser Beobachtungen am Wegesrand_engThe entire architecture of this fortress is remarkable, but the interior wall of the 152.5 m deep well is not only an example of prime craftsmanship of former wells, but also a special feature from a conservation perspective: The maidenhair spleenwort has chosen this place as its home for its ideal conditions. In Saxony this type of fern is an endangered species.

Braunstieliger Streifenfarn

Maidenhair spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes) / Photo: Archive National Park Management, S. Klingner

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