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Königstein is a town in the Free State of Saxonymarker in Germanymarker. Königstein lies in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirgemarker District and has a population of 2,898 as of 2005. Near Königstein is the Festung Königsteinmarker fortress.


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


The town of Königstein was first mentioned in 1379 as a settlement near the castle of Königsteinmarker. It was named after a King of Bohemia, but eventually passed to the Saxon Margraves of Meißenmarker. 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.

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