Festung Königstein

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Mark Kreuz on November 1, 2011

Königstein Fortress (German: Festung Königstein), the "Saxon Bastille", is a hilltop fortress near Dresden, in Saxon Switzerland, Germany, above the town of Königstein on the left bank of the River Elbe. It is one of the largest hilltop fortifications in Europe and sits atop the table hill of the same name.

The 9.5 hectare rock plateau rises 240 metres above the Elbe and has over 50 buildings, some over 400 years old, that bear witness to the military and civilian life in the fortress. The rampart run of the fortress is 1,800 metres long with walls up to 42 metres high and steep sandstone faces. In the centre of the site is a 152.5 metre deep well, which is the deepest in Saxony and second deepest well in Europe.

The fortress, which for centuries was used as a state prison, is still intact and is now one of Saxony's foremost tourist attractions, with 700,000 visitors per year.

João Paulo Coutinho on November 1, 2011

Beautiful photo.LIKE

Mark Kreuz on November 1, 2011

Thanks João Paulo Coutinho :)

&ri.co on November 1, 2011

well done!!! very nice shot!!! like

Mark Kreuz on November 1, 2011

Thanks rico!

senmax on November 1, 2011

Very beautiful picture. LIKE.

Mark Kreuz on November 1, 2011

Thanks senmax!

Ocminter octavio on November 3, 2011

Interesante castillo

L Saludos cordiales, Octavio ;-))

Jabrus on November 4, 2011

Bonita captura. Like. Buena perspectiva de esta fortaleza.

Mark Kreuz on March 16, 2014

Lot of thanks to all!

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  • Uploaded on November 1, 2011
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    by Mark Kreuz
    • Taken on 2011/10/22 19:46:46
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