Rhine at Bonn, Siebengebirge

Enjoy the Siebengebirge

Welcome! Set out to discover the nature park Siebengebirge in the south of Bonn, Königswinter and Bad Honnef,  Middle Rhine Valley: mountains and valleys, the Rhine, nature, history, dragons and tales. [...]

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Siebengebirge tales: The Treasure of Rosenau
Tales

The Treasure of Rosenau

At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a hotel close to the ruin of the Rosenau. It was a nice house, run by a friendly landlord, in which the guests felt welcome. But then the landlord fell very sick, and since he had no children of his own, […]

The Bergmann brothers at Castle Garden, New York
Emigrants' story

“At home on the Rhine and in America”

Maybe you live far away now, yet your roots reach back to the Rhine. The most heartfelt words about the Rhineland I found in Heinrich Heine’s “Germany. A Winter’s Tale” and in the “Reminiscences” of Carl Schurz. Since 1827, Heine’s work was censured, since 1833 it was forbidden in the […]

Your guide, a merry drago
Guide

Your Guide

When you set out to discover the Seven Mountains, you might find it helpful to know about more about all these German names and data. For instance, what does “Nonnenstromberg” mean? Is it really the “Nuns electricity mountain”, as online automatic translators put it? The Names Guide explains the German […]

At the border of the Roman Empire
Roman Era

Germania Inferior

After Caesar’s victory, Germania disappeared for a while from the Roman historians’ field of vision; during the next years, their attention was caught by the civil wars within the Empire. Agrippa and the Ubii Only in connection with the governorship of the Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa do we hear again about […]

Dragon Tayfun on Mount Löwenburg, Siebengebirge, Bad Honnef
Dragons

Dragons

Some legends tell us about dragons – eerie, malicious creatures that devour humans, blow up ships and generally rejoice in misery of others. But these legends do the dragons unjust. History is often enough written by the victors. Many legends entwine around historical events or reflect the spirit of their […]

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 […]

Christmas on the Drachenfels
Dragon Tales

Christmas on the Drachenfels

This legend takes place around the year 1200. Back them, many knights from the Rhineland taken the cross and followed Emperor Friedrich I. Barbarossa to Palestine. Some of them had not come back yet. “Please, Mylady, only one!” begged a bright voice. Brangwen, the Lady of the Drachenfels, looked up […]

Medieval castle ruin Löwenburg, Siebengebirge, Bad Honnef
Mountains

Löwenburg

You have to climb a bit at the end of the walk up Mount Löwenburg (455 m), but it’s worth all your efforts. From up here, you have a wonderful view over the Rhine Valley and the the other hills. See the fog lifting up there on the Löwenburg, and […]

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 […]

Meadow at Heisterbach
Heisterbach

How the Monastery of Heisterbach was founded

By the end of the 12th century the first Cistercians monks had settled on the Petersberg. In those times, large parts of the area on the right bank of river Rhine were covered with dense forests, there were almost no safely made up roads and ways. Life was tough, especially […]

Donkey fountain by Ernemann Sander, Rhine river walk, Königswinter
Some ideas

Donkey fountain, Königswinter

This is the donkey fountain in Königswinter, one of my favorite places on the banks of the Rhine. The sculptor Ernemann Sander has given us this bronze statue and many others. There is also the pelican in Niederdollendorf, Caesarius of Heisterbach in Oberdollendorf, Maria Virgin of Mercy in Heisterbach and […]

Medieval lady and knight
Middle Ages Tales

Hedwig of Wolkenburg

Another legend from the time of the crusades. Many knights left their families and friends to re-conquer Jerusalem, leaving their families and friends behind. Also Hedwig, the daughter of the Count of Wolkenburg, was separated from her fiancé Friedrich. They were in love and wanted to get married. So Hedwig […]