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Fortress in Königstein

Festung Königstein

Festung Königstein is the largest intact fortress in Germany, and so imposing and formidable that no-one in history has ever even bothered to attack it, let alone conquered it. Begun in the 13th century, it was repe…
Saxon in Königstein

Kleine Einkehr

A wonderful 2km riverside walk from Königstein proper (cross under the railway line and then hook a left onto the river embankment) takes you to this popular family-run Saxon restaurant with outdoor tables and heart…
Tower in Bad Schandau


This ancient lift, which dates from 1905, whisks you up a 50m-high tower for views and access to a footbridge linking to a pretty forest path that runs into the national park. It's on the road out of town, towards t…
Castle in Bastei

Felsenburg Neurathen

A partly reconstructed medieval castle in the Bastei.
Museum in Bad Schandau


The National Park Centre has ho-hum exhibitions on local flora, fauna and how the sandstone formations were shaped, but the evocative visuals of the 17-minute introductory movie almost justify the admission price, i…