On the King’s Stone – 800 Years of Life at Königstein Fortress

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

Location: Gate House | Strike defences | Commander’ s House

Family friendliness: interactive stations, child-friendly texts, free costume rental

Accessibility: companion for wheelchair users recommended | access with strollers is not possible

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

800 Years of Life at Königstein Fortress

This exhibition is the most important and largest exhibition at Königstein Fortress. Discover the history of Königstein hill from the first mentioning in a document in 1241 until the opening of the museum in 1955, told in a descriptive and entertaining way in more than 30 rooms.

Find out how the former border castle of Bohemian kings got into the Wettins' hands through a feud and was converted into a country fortress later. Walk on the paths of ordinary soldiers and their families. Gain insights into the festivities and banquets of high-class rulers. Discover the less well-known periods of fortress history, as an officer’s prison camp and juvenile detention centre.

The historic milestones are illustrated by more than 330 exhibits, together with additional models, dioramas and installations of figures. More than 30 media stations and an audio guide offer additional background information. The permanent exhibition extends on 1,200 square metres at the Gate House and the Strike Defences, high above the fortress entrance on two floors.

Exhibition highlights

Faksimile der Oberlausitzer Grenzurkunde von 1241

Nachgestaltetes Architektengespräch mit Pietro Ferrabosco um 1567

Großbaustelle von 1589, Ausbau der Burg zur Festung, im Diorama Maßstab 1:20

Acht Meter langes Modell eines Kutschenzugs Augusts des Starken

Riesenweinfass-Relikte aus der Zeit Augusts des Starken von 1725

Restaurierte Königszimmer Augusts des Starken

Figuren als täuschend echte Nachbildungen Augusts des Starken, der Gräfin Orzelska und des Preußenkönigs Friedrich Wilhelm I.

Bewaffnung Schweizer Garde des sächsischen Kurfürsten, 18. Jahrhundert

Nachempfundene Kommandantenwohnung mit Damenzimmer um 1900

Filmdokumente aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg und aus der DDR-Zeit