7. Castle Kriebstein — Burg Kriebstein is located just 60 kilometers from Dresden, he was considered the most beautiful knight’s castle Saxony. He has repeatedly (in the times of the GDR) became the scene of fantastic films. Its history goes back more than six centuries.
It retains its Gothic character, although some parts of it were rebuilt and expanded. The first written mention is dated 4th October 1384.
The castle rises above steep crags over the River Zschopau. Within the topographical grouping of hill castles it is classified as a spur castle because it lies on the extreme end of a hill spur surrounded on three sides by the Zschopau that flows around the spur in a large bow.
The rock on which the castle stands is separated from rising ground behind it by a man-made section of ditch, the so-called Halsgraben. Typologically the Kriebstein is a combination of a tower castle (Turmburg) and a ringwork castle with an oval ground plan. Dominating the whole site is the monumental keep perched atop the highest crag. With its sides measuring 22 x 12 metres, the tower, including its weather vane, reaches a height of 45 metres. Its late medieval oriel turrets and the flèche give the castle a unique and thus unmistakable silhouette.