Rhine at Bonn, Siebengebirge
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Siebengebirge, Rhine Valley

Welcome! My website is about the nature park Siebengebirge in Königswinter and Bad Honnef, at the northern end of the Middle Rhine Valley: the seven ++ mountainss, valleys, nature, history of our region, dragons and tales.

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Wilhelm II, Rhine alley Königswinter
German Reich

Wilhemine Era

Germany around 1900. Above you see an officer with a ‘Pickelhaube’ in front of the imperial residence New Palace in Sanssouci Park, Potsdam. For many people, life was good. The decades between the founding of the Empire and World War I are also referred to as “Belle Epoque”. It was […]

Siefen, Siebengebirge
Nature

Siefen

The German word “Siefen” describes deeply indented moist valleys, of which there are many in the Seven Mountains. It is quite possible that they have even given it its name, because originally it was perhaps “Siefengebirge”, so the mountains (Gebirge) with a many “Siefen”, and only later became “Siebengebirge” that […]

Siebengebirge tales, The Haunted House
Dragon Tales

The Haunted House

A tale from the Middle Ages says that St. Bernhard got annoyed by the nightingale’s singing when he visited the monastery of Himmerod. He was so angry that the birds emigrated into a valley in the Seven Mountains that was later called “Nightingale Valley”. Probably that went through dragon Jupp’s […]

Wolkenburg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Wolkenburg

It is said that Mount Wolkenburg (“Castle of the Clouds”) was once the highest mountain of all. But over centuries it was used as a quarry, and so its original shape got lost. There is nothing left of the medieval castle either. And yet, in the Middle Ages the castle […]

Volcano
Nature

Volcanic Origin

Here, at the abandoned quarry at the Weilberg mountain , we see the structure of the rocks and get an idea of how the Siebengebirge came into being. About 30 million years ago, in the Oligocene and into the Miocene, there was volcanic activity in our region. In a first […]

Snowmen
Dragon Tales

Necessity is the mother of invention

This legend takes place in the 1920s. After the war the country had just found a little peace. Of course, a lot of things didn’t function and you had to improvise a lot, yet after a long time there had been wine festivals again, and now everybody was looking forward […]

The Malignant Dragon
Dragon Tales

The Malignant Dragon

Another legend tells us about an especially nasty dragon, who from his lair on top of the Drachenfels lay in wait for passing ships. As soon as a ship got near enough, he spew fire onto it. The ship caught fire and its unfortunate crew died in the flames or […]

Dinosaur at Nassenplatz, Siebengebirge (collage)
Nature

Did the dinosaurs know the Siebengebirge?

The Siebengebirge came into being about 30 millon years ago. 30 million years .. this age seems beyond human imagination, yet in the context of earth history it is just a moment. Diplodocus, whom you see in the collage above, lived about 155-145 million years ago in the Upper Jurassic. […]

Loop hiking trail
Mountains

Lohrberg

If you come to rekindle with nature and enjoy great views, you will love Mount Lohrberg. Agreed, his “neighbors”, Mount Löwenburg and Mount Ölberg, are better known, but the Lohrberg has his own charm. Starting from Margarethenhöhe, where there is a bus stop and a big parking lot, you can […]

Tansy
Nature

Local Flowers

Here are some field flowers that you may see when along the hiking trails. If you like flowers and you understand German, I have book proposal for you: Natur- und Kulturführer Siebengebirge, 8 Rundwege Author: Holger Maria Sticht Recommended by BUND Freunde der Erde, Gasterland-Verlag Köln 2011, 1: Auflage, ISBN […]

Middle Ages

Hohenstaufen dynasty

The Rhineland in the High Middle Ages. Above, you see from the left to the right: Otto IV’s coat of arms, Henry VI, Philip of Swabia in the fornt of the medieval ruin Löwenburg, the medieval choir run of Heisterbach, Frederick II and Richard I Lionheart. The archbishops of Cologne […]

Nonnenstromberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Nonnenstromberg

When I go for a walk to Mount Nonnenstromberg (335 m), I often feel like I was in a fairy forest, especially on foggy days. Maybe the legendary Monk of Heisterbach, who had followed a bird’s voice deeper and deeper into the woods, had arrived on the Nonnenstromberg? Nowhere else […]