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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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 […]

Medieval castle Rosenau
Middle Ages Tales

The Maiden of Rosenau

The Counts of Rosenau were members of the lower aristocracy and it was no secret that they were deeply in debt. The present Count of the Rosenau, a ruffian and lout, wanted to solve the problem by marrying into money. He courted a maiden named Roshain who would inherit great […]

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 […]

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 […]

Great war, gas attack, poppy
20th Century

WW1 Centennial

A hundred years ago, the Great War raged in Europe. The sequel to my emigrants’ story At home on the Rhine and in America, set in the Rhineland between 1914 and 1922, depicts the hardships that our emigrants and their family and friends in Europe endure. The Allied Rhineland occupation brings […]

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 […]

History Guide, Richard the Lionheart
Guide

History Guide

As the history of our region is also a bit German and European history, you’ll find here some corresponding dates from England, Ireland and the United States. At the border of the Roman Empire (100 BC – 476 AD) Roman Britain (44-407) Merovingians (481-751) and Carolingians (751-911) Anglo-Saxon England (597-1066) […]

Siebengebirge tales: The Maiden of Löwenburg
Middle Ages Tales

The Maiden of Löwenburg

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. The daughter of the Count of Löwenburg was in love with a young knight, who had joined the Crusades. One day, while she was waiting for […]

View over the Rhine, Königswinter and Bonn
Scenic viewpoints

Viewpoint Ölberg

Mount Ölberg (468 m) is the highest of the Seven Mountains. Climbing up to the top may get you huffing and puffing, but it is well worth your efforts. From up there you have a wonderful view over the Rhine Valley, the mountain regions of Westerwald, Bergisches Land, Sauerland, Eifel […]

Mount Lohrberg, dragon Bouffe-Bouffe
Dragon Tales

The Fiery Man of Lohrberg

On the Lohrberg once lived an evil man who was supervisor on a big estate. He let the people under him go hungry and cheated their wages out of them. It gave him a special pleasure to torment the peasants and most of all the children. When Bouffe-Bouffe heard about […]

Medieval castle ruin
Medieval castles

Rosenau

Coming from the hiking trail that goes all around Mount Ölberg (Ölbergringweg), a narrow, winding path takes you up to the ruins of the castle Rosenau. In the High Middle Ages a little castle stood here for a short time, but only little is known about it. Obviously it was built in great haste […]

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 […]