Friday 13 August 2021

Königstein, town centre and fortress (Copyright © 2014 Hendrik Böttger /


The Festungslauf (‘Fortress Run’) is a hill running event held annually on a Friday evening in August in Königstein, a small town situated on the River Elbe in the state of Sachsen (Saxony) in Germany, just about thirteen kilometres from the border with Czechia.

The race is 9.4 kilometres long and features 255 metres of ascent, starting in the town centre and finishing inside the imposing Festung Königstein, one of Europe's largest and most impressive hilltop fortifications.

The course commands stunning panoramic views over the Elbe River Valley and the Sächsische Schweiz (‘Saxon Switzerland’) with its fairy-tale rock formations.

In addition to the 9.4km race, the event features a 7.7km route for runners aged 65 or over and for walkers and nordic walkers of all ages.


Königstein Fortress, as seen from the distance  (Copyright © 2015 Hendrik Böttger /


Map of the venue:


Number of finishers:

  • 2021:
    • 9.4km: 280
    • 7.7km: 24 runners and 41 walkers
  • 2020:
    • Event cancelled
  • 2019:
    • 7.8km: 649 runners and 72 walkers
    • 1.3km: 88 runners
  • 2018:
    • 7.8km: 623 runners and 61 walkers
    • 1.7km: 101 runners


17. Festungslauf Königstein:


  • 13 August 2021 (Friday)

Event website:


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