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 Earth Dragons
Dragon Tales

The Earth Dragons

Halfway between the city of Königswinter and Margarethenhöhe in the hills there is a hill called Remscheid. Here and on the opposite Ofenkaulberg the Seven Mountains look wild and untouched, narrow paths take you through deep valleys and all around you see old trees with gigantic trunks. If you look […]

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. […]

Einsiedlertal, Siebengebirge, Bad Honnef
Mountains and Valleys

Einsiedlertal

In English, it would be “Hermits’ Valley”, and if you like wild romantic sceneries, you will enjoy this trail. You can start your hike at the parking lot “Einsiedlertal” at the road “Schmelzstraße”, about halfway between the city of Bad Honnef and its district Aegidienberg in the hills. The hiking […]

At the Rhine frontier
Napoleonic Era

Napoleonic Era 1

The Rhineland around 1800. The French Revolution had shattered Europe’s monarchies. When the Royal Family made an attempt to escape and Prussian and Austrian troops marched against Paris, the Jacobins got the upper hand and proclaimed the republic. King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, youngest daughter of Maria Theresia, […]

Wilhelm's castle in Potsdam-Babelsberg
Prussian Rhineland

From Revolution to Unification

Germany, 1849. The revolution had failed. The National Assembly was forced to dissolve in 1849, Prussian troops under Prince William had crushed the second revolutionary wave in Baden and the Palatinate, many democrats had emigrated. Reaction wins After the political reaction had won, the press was strictly censured, assemblies were forbidden […]

At Froschberg
Tales

The Hermit on the Froschberg

Not so long ago, in a little town below the Seven Mountains, there lived a man who was very friendly, but also extremely pessimistic. He always feared that something might not be as it should be, and that something might go wrong. Soon everybody called him only “Flops”. Once he […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mountains

Drachenfels

Mount Drachenfels (“Dragons’ Rock”, 321 m), surely the best known of the Seven Mountains that inspired poets such as Lord Byron and Heinrich Heine, welcomes you when you make a boat tour on River Rhine. You can visit the ruin of the medieval castle on top. If you don’t want […]

Old bridge over the Rhine, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Rhine

From the Alps to the Northern Sea

Our region is located on the northern border of the Middle Rhine Valley, which begins at Bingen / Rüdenheim. For many people, the narrow valley with its steeps, vineyards and numerous castles is the classical Rhine landscape par excellence, and the epitome of the “Romantic Rhine”. This applies especially to […]

Rolandsbogen
Tales

Roland’s arch

Already from far you see Roland’s Arch above Rolandseck. He reminds us of Roland and Hildegunde, two lovers who were not blessed with a happy end. This legend takes places in the Early Middle Ages in Charlemagne’s Carolingian Empire. Charlemagne had led his army to Spain, but had no sucess […]

Drei-Seen-Blick, view over Drachenfels and Wolkenburg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter and Bad Honnef
Scenic viewpoints

Viewpoint Drei-Seen-Blick

As you see, this is an especially beautiful site at the Lohrberg, about 15-20 minutes walking distance from Margarethenhöhe – a good point in the hills to see the Lohrberg, Ölberg and Löwenburg. There is a bus station and a big parking lot, and right there is a big plan […]