Königstein, Saxony


Königstein, Saxony

Infobox Ort in Deutschland
image_photo = Königstein, Germany Ortsansicht.jpg
Art = Stadt
Name = Königstein
Wappen = Kleines Wappen Koenigstein.pnglat_deg = 50 |lat_min = 55 |lat_sec = 8
lon_deg = 14 |lon_min = 4 |lon_sec = 17
Lageplan =
Bundesland = Sachsen
Regierungsbezirk = Dresden
Landkreis = Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge
Verwaltungsgemeinschaft = Königstein/Sächs. Schweiz
Höhe = 212
Fläche = 26.93
Einwohner = 2822
Stand = 2006-12-31
PLZ = 01824
Vorwahl = 035021
Kfz = PIR
Gemeindeschlüssel = 14 2 87 190
Gliederung = 2
Adresse = Goethestr. 7
01824 Königstein
Website = [http://www.koenigstein-sachsen.de/ www.koenigstein-sachsen.de]
Bürgermeister = Frieder Haase
Partei =

Königstein is a town in the Free State of Saxony in Germany. Königstein lies in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge District and has a population of 2,898 as of 2005. Near Königstein is the Festung Königstein fortress.

Geography

Königstein is located in the geographic region known as the Saxon Switzerland. The town lies in between Pirna and the Czech border at the confluence of the Biela with the Elbe. Königstein was damaged during the flooding of the Elbe in 2002.

History

The town of Königstein was first mentioned in 1379 as a settlement near the castle of Königstein. It was named after a King of Bohemia, but eventually passed to the Saxon Margraves of Meißen. However, Königstein still retains the double-tailed lion of Bohemia in its coat of arms. During World War II the prisoner-of-war camp for Allied officers, Oflag IV-B, was located in the castle.

External links

* [http://www.koenigstein-sachsen.de/ Municipal website] de icon


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