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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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 […]

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 […]

Rhine at Bonn, Siebengebirge
Spotlight

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. Our region is located on the northern end of the Middle Rhine Valley. For many people, the narrow valley […]

Nachtigallental, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains and Valleys

Nachtigallental

The Nachtigallental, in English Nightingale Valley, is just wonderful, in very season of the year. When you are in downtown Königswinter, walk up Bahnhofsstraße street and you are there .. and from the first moment onwards you feel like in another, merry world. A legend from the Middle Ages says […]

Bonn around 1700
Early Modern Age

Age of absolutism

Holy Roman Empire, at the end of the 17th Century. After the Thirty Years War, large areas were desolated and deserted. Since the Peace of Westphalia of 1648, the Catholic, Protestant and Calvinist confessions were recognized, but the Anabaptists were persecuted. With their demands for religious liberty and a radical […]

A 1848er
Prussian Rhineland

Revolution 1848

Germany, 1848.  The great social need and pent-up anger against the restoration policy finally erupted in the March revolution. The news from Paris spread quickly, and already in the first days of March uprisings occurred in Germany. In February 1848, revolution broke out in France, King Louis-Philippe of France was […]

At the Rhine, Königswinter
Rhine

Siebengebirge and Rhine

The Siebengebirge and the Rhine belong together. If you make a boat trip on the Rhine and you come to Bonn-Bad Godesberg on the left bank and Bad Honnef and Königwinter on the right, you have a wonderful view of the Drachenfels and the other mountains. From up there you […]

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 […]

Ruin of the medieval choir Heisterbach
Heisterbach

Heisterbach

The famous choir ruin of Heisterbach. It is all that is left from the medieval church that once was the biggest of the region, surpassed only by the gothic cathedral in Cologne. When you come from Oberdollendorf to Heisterbacherrott, you see already from far at your right the monastery’s baroque […]

Heisterbach, Siebengebirge, the gate into the woods
Heisterbach

The Monk of Heisterbach

The Monastery of Heisterbach is situated in a beautiful valley below the Petersberg. In those days, the monks spent their days praying and working. One of them often wondered about the psalm saying that “to the Lord, a thousand years are like one day”, without understanding its full meaning. One […]

Abandoned mine Ofenkaulen
Forests and Streams

Ofenkaulen

When you are halfway up the L 331 motorway that leads from Königswinter to Ittenbach you see the driveway to Mount Petersberg on your left side and a bus station on your right side. Some meters below the bus station a narrow path takes you into the woods to the […]

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 […]