Rhine at Bonn, Siebengebirge
Rhinedragon

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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Mountains

Ölberg

Mount Ölberg (468 m) is the highest of the Seven Mountains. When you come by car over the A3 Autobahn (motorway, interstate) or over the Kennedy bridge in Bonn, you see it already from far. Climbing up to the top may get you huffing and puffing, but it is well […]

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, […]

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 […]

Heisterbach, Siebengebirge, the gate into the woods
Tales

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 […]

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 […]

Siebengebirge tales, Liba of Ölberg
Middle Ages Tales

Liba of Ölberg

This legend refers to a historical event: Engelbert I, Archbishop of Cologne, was murdered on November 7, 1225. Kunibert, the Lord of Ölberg, fought with the Archbishop of Cologne, Engelbert, over predominance in the Seven Hills. But Liba, his beautiful young daughter, was in love with Werner, the Archbishop’s nephew. […]

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 […]

Mirbesbach, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Forests and Streams

Mirbesbach

A lovely creek along the L-331 motorway from Königswinter to Margarethenhöhe, close to the bus stop Rosenauer Weg. I love it very much. The Mirbesbach, translated to “Mirbi Creek” is mentioned in my emigrants’ story “At Home at the Rhine and in America”.

Möschbach in Rommersdorf, Bad Honnef
Forests and Streams

Möschbach

The Möschbach creek rises in the Annatal valley and flows into the Rhine. On his way, he passes the district of Rommersdorf, Bad Honnef, and has given his name to the Möschbachstraße,  a particularly beautiful street with historic timber-framed houses.

Hotel Petersberg, Chancellor Adenauer, his Mercedes Benz
20th Century

Federal Republic

Germany, 1848. After World War II, Germany had to start all over again. The Western part of the country, occupied by England, France and the USA and since 1948 combined into the trizone, should be governed democratically. The Basic Law On September 1, 1948, the Parliamentary Council (an interim parliament) […]

Stenzelberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Stenzelberg

Not much has remained of Mount Stenzelberg. Already in the Middle Ages the Cistercian monks of Heisterbachgained stones there to build their enormous abbey church. For centuries the quarry continued, even after 1908, when the quarries on Mount Petersberg were closed. In 1922 the Seven Mountains were put under preservation order, and in […]