Matthias Hultsch

The fortress in the Renaissance period

Exhibition in George’s Castle

Opening hours: April – October: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | November - March : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location:: George's Castle

Family friendliness: child-friendly texts, hands-on exhibit

Accessibility: accessible for wheelchairs (recommended with companion) and strollers 

Photography: allowed for private use without flash | photo permission required for commercial use

Elector Johann Georg I of Saxony and Magdalena Sibylla at Königstein Fortress

The exhibition focuses on the life of Elector Johann Georg I and his wife Magdalena Sibylla, the major building projects of the time on Königstein and the importance of the fortress during the Thirty Years' War.

The magnificent replica of the Elector and his wife in magnificent robes was created on the basis of a painting showing the Elector and his wife.

The dresses with numerous ornaments and jewellery were recreated as true to the original as possible.

The coordinated materials and motifs of the ceremonial robes show the bond between the electoral couple.

Lifelike figures

Elector Johann Georg I and his wife Magdalena Sibylla return to Georgenburg Castle as lifelike replicas.

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Deceptively real: high-quality jewellery replicas

The jewellery of the electoral couple was recreated especially for this exhibition. The originals were made of gold, precious stones and diamonds - the replicas are made of gilded silver and brass, glass stones and rock crystals, but also freshwater pearls - and painted wood to replace a turquoise.

George's castle in the renaissance period - Virtual Reality

Little remains of the electoral splendor of the Renaissance palace under Johann Georg I of Saxony. The building was remodeled in the 18th century and was used to house state prisoners and guards until the 20th century.

At a 3D media station in the Hofestube you can travel back in time to the 17th century. You virtually enter the Georgenburg as it was built during the Renaissance.

You can see the magnificent facades with Renaissance gables and dwellings and historical interiors, such as artistically painted wooden beam ceilings, powerful ovens and numerous deer heads in the interior. The kitchen, courtyard room and arcade are virtually open to the user.

Preview (2D) of the virtual tour of the renaissance Georgenburg castle
© ArcTron 3D GmbH

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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