23. Historic-romantic Christmas Market
“Königstein – a Winter’s Tale”

*** Throughout the weekends of Advent ***

ONLINE-TICKETS available from 6th November 2018!

The most beautiful christmas market in Saxon Switzerland

Throughout the weekends of Advent

  • traditional market of minstrels and craftspeople with the presentation of ancient arts and crafts.
  • fairy tale plays, historic Christmas carols live and visits of Santa Clause at the Big Christmas stage at Parade Ground
  • advent spectacle at the small Christmas stage in the casemate's court
  • illuminated fairy tale path with fairy tale pavillon
  • „Kintopp“-Movies in the Ammunition Store: „The hundredthousandstarshotel“- landscape recordings of Saxon Switzerland
  • insiders’ tip: Visit the underground Christmas world in the casemates which are illuminated by dozens of Moravian stars! Listen to romances in the grotto of fairy tales and taste natural products of regional vendors.

Special attractions for children

  • tinkering gifts in the dwarfs’ workshop
  • printing fortress and christmas graphic arts at the historic printing press
  • watching silhouette movies of Lotte Reinigers fables and tales under starry sky
  • Santa Claus’ cottage with a post-box for Christmas lists
  • fairy-tale plays and puppet shows
  • listen to stories in the fairy-tale grotto
  • meet Santa Claus
  • ride on a hand-driven childrens‘ carousel
  • ride on the dwarfs train opposite the Officer's Mess
  • opening of the longest Advent calender in Germany (112 metres long)
  • unravelling the „constellation mystery“
  • historical embossing of coins
  • Christmas crib with living animals
    and many more...

Program overview

Magdalene's Castle
12:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. / 4:30 p.m. | puppet show
12:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Print your individual Christmas present with a historical printing press

Garrison Church
12:00 a.m.– 4:15 p.m. | Advent music

Old Barracks
4:00 p.m. | Opening of Germany's longes Advent calendar (112 m)

Officer's Mess
4:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. | watching silhouette movies of Lotte Reinigers fables and tales under starry sky

Big Christmas stage at Parade Ground
pantomimes, clownery & music
at Sundays, 3:30 p.m.| Visit of Santa Claus

Small Christmas stage at casemate's court
clownery & music

Russische Weihnacht ...

Opening hours / Admission fees

Opening hours

  • at the weekends of Advent
  • 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m., the fortress is open from 9.00 a.m.
  • Last admission:  6.00 p.m. (1 hour before closing time)


Admission fees

Including the entrance fee for the fortress, the use of the lift, admission to all exhibitions and almost all attractions at the Christmas Market:

  • Adults: €10.00
  • Concessions: €7.00
  • Family ticket: €25.00
    (2 adults with up to 4 children aged between 7-16)
  • Mini families: €15.00
    (1 adult with up to 2 children aged between 7-16)

Children under 7 years are free of charge
more prices and details...

Getting to Königstein Fortress

Königstein Fortress is located approx. 35 km south-east of Dresden and can be reached by almost any means of transport. More...

Fortress Express

There is a courtesy train from the town of Königstein and from the car-park from 10.00 a.m. until 7.30 p.m.

How to get your ticket?

To avoid waiting time at the cash desks, we recommend to buy your ticket in our online shop.

You don't have to pre-select the exact date of the visit in the booking process. The tickets are valid for one single visit within the following days: 1./2./8./9./15./16./22./23. December 2018.