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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wolkenburg and a scratch of the medieval castle on top (collage)
Middle Ages

Ottonian and Salian dynasties

We start with the High Middle Ages in 925, when the Rhineland, disputed for a long time between the Western and Eastern Frankish kingdom, became part of the East Frankish kingdom for good. Saxon “Ottonian” Dynasty At that time ruled the Saxon Duke Henry I, the first non-Frank on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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”.

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]