“Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand, wer ist die Schönste im ganzen Land?“ – „Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?“ Many of you may know this quote from the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale “Snow White”, where a vain and evil queen repeatedly asks her magic mirror about the most beautiful one in her kingdom, only to find that it is always Snow White, the daughter of the earlier queen, and not herself.
Taking up the motto, “the fairest of them all” (in German: “Die Schönste im ganzen Land”), the Fortress of Königstein in Saxon Switzerland presently hosts a special exhibition until 2 November 2014. Amazing landscape paintings of the mountain fortress and its surroundings throughout five centuries will be on display. The highlights of the exhibition are two large-size original paintings by Bernardo Bellotto, also known as “Canaletto”.
If you have never been to the fortress (or if you have been and want to go again), this is your call! The fortress is one of the main sights in nearby Saxon Switzerland. The small town of Königstein is easily accessible by public transport (S-Bahn S1 towards Bad Schandau or Schöna). The fortress itself sits on top of a tabletop mountain overlooking town and is well visible from afar. There are short walking paths leading up to the fortress as well as a lift (free maps at the local tourist information). Königstein Fortress is also host to a wonderful Christmas market every December. So if you would like to get acquainted with the fortress’s location before Christmas comes around, that is just to give you one more reason to visit the Fortress this September.
The Welcome Center has received a stack of 2-for-1 vouchers to give away. With the vouchers, only one person pays, two get admitted to the Fortress. They are valid in September 2014. So do not miss the chance to visit the Fortress at a discount in the coming two weeks. Be quick and pick up a voucher or two at the Welcome Center during opening hours*!
Of course, you are asked to respond to the famous question and finish the sentence on the back of the voucher: “The fairest of them all is…” Sample answers include “my mum” and “my sweetheart”. But just to remind us of the original response by the magic mirror, the voucher says: “…but the fortress of Königstein is a thousand times more beautiful!” ;-) Well, convince yourselves and come pick up a voucher!
*) Our opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 10-12 a.m. and Wednesday 1-3 p.m.