Like many other fortresses in Europe, Königstein Fortress served as a state prison. At the same time, it housed more prisons for prisoners convicted to do construction work, military prisoners as well as prisoners of war. The exhibition “Imprisoned at Königstein Hill” shows their history and the fates of those imprisoned here from 1588 to 1922. Famous inmates of the state prison were, e.g. Johann Friedrich Böttger, co-inventor of the European porcelain and social democrat August Bebel.
A media station enables visitors to research on approx. 1,000 documented prisoners. In addition to their names, there is information available on their origins, special occurrences and their food supplies during their imprisonment as well as the reasons leading to their detention at Königstein hill.
Surely of special interest to our youngest guests: A cell with construction prisoners from 1790 and a guardroom – both equipped with life-size figures! In both rooms, visitors can listen to conversations among prisoners and soldiers.