Festung Königstein gGmbH

George´s castle


George’s Castle forms the remarkable ensemble of buildings at the fortress west side together with the Gate House and the Strike Defences. Already in the Middle Ages, it was part of the castle complex and was called Imperial Castle after the Roman-German Emperor Charles IV. (1316 - 1378) had stayed here in 1359. Gothic arched curtain windows and decorated pointed arch portals have remained of the reconstruction works around 1500.
After a new reconstruction under Elector John George I. (1585 - 1656) the building was renamed “John George’s Castle” in 1619. It first served as a hunting lodge, in the 18th and 19th centuries, state prisoners were accommodated here.

Exhibitions in George's Castle

  • George’s Castle – History of the Building and its Use
  • Imprisoned at Königstein Hill
  • Elector John George I. and his Wife Magdalene Sibylle at Königstein Hill
  • VR glasses and 3D animation show the interior rooms of the Renaissance period

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