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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The earth in the Jurassic and Triassic
Nature

Earth history

The Siebengebirge is about 30 million years old. That’s beyound a human’s imagination, yet in geological terms. it’s just a blink of the eye. Cenozoic Quartiary / Holocene (10.000 years ago – today) Modern humans and animals*. Since the beginning of the Quaternary, the plants and animals are similar 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 […]

Moonlight meadow, Siebengebirge
Early History

Early history

Very early on, in the Upper Paleolithic, there were human beings in and around the area of the Seven Mountains. In Oberkassel, the bones of a man, a woman and a dog where found who must have lived around 13,000 BC. Early history and ancient civilizations In the Mesolithic, after […]

Sycamore maple
Nature

Local Trees

If the Seven Mountains were untouched nature, most likely the beeches would be predominant in the woods. Today, forestry has created mixed woods with 36% beeches, 18% oaks, 12% other deciduous trees, 3% robinias, 23% spruces and 8 % pines (source lanuv, North Rhine-Westphalia). On this page, you can see […]

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 […]

German Revolution, Berlin November 1918
20th Century

German Revolution

Germany, October 1918. The war was lost, and the military High Command had informed Emperor William II that there was no more hope, and urged him to ask for an armistice on the basis of US President Wilson’s “Fourteen Points”. As it was clear that Wilson would not negotiate with the […]

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 […]

Donkey fountain by Ernemann Sander, Rhine river walk, Königswinter
Some ideas

Donkey fountain, Königswinter

This is the donkey fountain in Königswinter, one of my favorite places on the banks of the Rhine. The sculptor Ernemann Sander has given us this bronze statue and many others. There is also the pelican in Niederdollendorf, Caesarius of Heisterbach in Oberdollendorf, Maria Virgin of Mercy in Heisterbach and […]

Tretschbachtal Valley, Siebengebirge, Bad Honnef
Forests and Streams

Tretschbachtal

Do you like wild romantic sceneries? Then the Tretschbachtal, one of the most beautiful valleys in the Seven Mountains Nature Park, is definitely the right trail for you. It takes you from the loop hiking trail around Mount Lohrberg high in the Seven Mountains to the city of Bad Honnef […]

History

Middle Ages

The Middle Ages are the era of knights, minnesong, Romanesque art and medieval castles. In the Valley of the Rhine, many ruins and even well preserved medieval castles have remained. In the Seven Mountains, we can visit three ruins of medieval castles: those on the mountains Drachenfels, Löwenburg and Rosenau. You see them in […]

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, Sir Mauzibauz
Middle Ages Tales

Sir Mauzibauz

This story takes place around 1200 in the Seven Mountains. Emperor Henry IV of the Hohenstaufen dynasty had died in 1197, his son Frederick II was still a boy in distant Palermo, and in Germany two kings fought for the crown. Also in our region the local princes and dukes […]