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Getting here & parking

Open plan in GoogleMaps


motorway A 17: exit Pirna

... further at B 172 towards Bad Schandau

oder motorway A 17: exit Bahretal

... further at K 8732 to Krietzschwitz, then B 172 towards Bad Schandau,

approx. 1,5 km after the roundabout (Struppen/Leupoldishain): turnoff to Königstein Fortress

Parking only in the car park "Festung Königstein"

Road construction sites

S-Bahn S1

Meißen - Dresden - Königstein - Schöna


From Königstein station to the fortress see

Fortress Express

Walking routes


241: Pirna – Hinterhermsdorf

246: Pirna – Königstein

Bus stops:

"Am Königstein (zur Festung)"
approx. 5 min walk or

Vogelstein/Festung, Thürmsdorf
approx. 15 min walk

Hiking & bike bus routes in Saxon Switzerland


Cruises with paddle steamers of the Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt:

Dresden –> Königstein
Bad Schandau –> Königstein


From the Königstein landing stage to the fortress see

Fortress Express

Walking routes

Parking facilities

Car park "Festung Königstein"

at B 172 (turn-off Festung),
only 650 m footpath to the fortress

All-year open
entry and exit always possible

Car park operator

KWE Königstein GmbH
Phone: +49(0)35021 99 541

Cars, motor bikes und caravans

Parking fees in the car park

up to 1 hour: 2 €
up to 4 hours: 8 €
day ticket: 13 €

Parking fees for caravan site

up to 4 hours: 13 €
up to 6 hours: 18 €
day ticket: 26 €

Motorbike riders

Parking for motorbikes is free of charge. Use of a locker for little money possible.

Coaches, vehicles for disabled individuals

Parking directly at the fortress (barrier)
Parking fee for coaches: 10 €
Parking fee for mini busses: 8 €
free of charge for cars of handicapped people, with certificate

Parking time: 4 hours

Elevator: all-year
Panorama lift: April – October

Fortress Express

From April to October the mini train "Festungsexpress" shuttles between the town of Königstein (timetable), the car park and the fortress

Departure from Königstein/Reißiger Platz: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every full and half hour.

Last bus return to the town from the fortress: 5 p.m. (thereafter shuttle train as required).

The Fortress Express runs on a limited basis from November to March:

- only for the Christmas market on the Advent weekends
- and 26 / 31 December 2023
- and on winter holiday weekends - depending on the weather

Frank Nuhn Freizeit und Tourismus e. K.



So far, NO cycle path leads up to the fortress. Possible connections from the Elberadweg:

The safe way

Our recommendation:
Cycle from Obervogelgesang to or through the village of Struppen - after leaving Struppen turn right in the direction of Leupoldishain - take the 2nd exit at the roundabout - turn left immediately afterwards (sign "Spielplatzwelt") - turn left after approx. 100 m (forest road) - cycle parallel to the B172 to the turn-off to the fortress.

The quick way

From the town of Königstein take the B172 towards Pirna
Caution - heavy traffic, permitted up to 100 km/h!
Approximately 2.5km after leaving the town, turn left to the Königstein Fortress car park, another 700 m (steep climb) to the fortress forecourt and entrance

Along woodland trails

From the town of Königstein via Alte Festungsstraße / Malerweg to the fortress forecourt or entrance. Steep ascent from Malerweg (hiking trail - red dot), old cobblestones, some steps

Suitable for mountain bikes / off-road bikes

Bicycle racks and luggage lockers at the fortress entrance (opposite main ticket office).


The fortress is located on the 7th stage of the Malerweg hiking trail:

Kurort Gohrisch - Pfaffenstein - Quirl - Stadt Königstein
- Festung Königstein - Thürmsdorf - Weißig

16,6 km without side trip, walking time: 6:15 h

additional time (+2 hours at least) for visiting the fortress is recommended

Stages of the "Malerweg"

Hike to the fortress

Königstein Fortress is located on the "Malerweg Trail" in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, a multi-day hiking tour through one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.

Hiking trails marked with a blue bar or a red dot lead from the town of Königstein through the forest to the fortress in about 30 to 45 minutes.

blue sign: from the Protestant Church in the town of Königstein via the Malerweg to the fortress (numerous steps).

red sign: via the Alte Festungsstraße / Malerweg to the fortress (easy).

We have a selection of hiking guides and maps for Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland available for you in our museum shop.

Festung Königstein gGmbH
01824 Königstein

Phone: +49 (0)35021 64 607

Opening hours

April - October 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
November - March 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Last admission 1 hour before closing time