Matthias Hultsch

The Old Armoury
and the artillery of Königstein Fortress

Exhibition in the Old Armoury

Opening hours: April – October: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | November - March : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Old Armoury

Family friendliness: interactive stations, child-friendly texts

Accessibility: companion for wheelchair users recommended | access with strollers is possible

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

The Old Armoury and the artillery of Königstein Fortress

The exhibition narrates the history of the Old Arsenal and fortress artillery from the late 16th to the early 19th century. It delves into the history and technology of artillery and the principles of close and long-range defense of a mountain fortress.

An interesting military-historical collection is stored here: cannons and mortars, a bomb carriage and pyramids of bombs, guns and accessories.

The building itself is also a subject of the exhibition. The impressive Renaissance structure with rustic portals on the outside and three robust Tuscan columns inside was constructed in 1594 in the course of the expansion of Königstein into a fortress.

Exhibition highlights

Impressive cannons and mortars, most of which once belonged to the armament of Königstein

two 24-pound half kartouwes from 1686 and 1717, each with a barrel length of more than three meters and a range of over a thousand meters,

two 18-pound standing mortars from 1598, presumably commissioned by the first fortress commander,

an accurately recreated bomb carriage for 48-pound mortar shells,

Media stations illustrate historical weapon technology and defense strategies.

Interactive stations - "Hands-on Museum": Photos in historical costumes | Smell gunpowder | Check the weight of a cannonball

Media station - insight


How do you use a cannon?
In one of the media stations in the old armory you can find out everything about charging, firing, cleaning and positioning of the historical guns.

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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