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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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 […]

The Reclused of Nonnenstromberg
Dragon Tales

The Reclused of Nonnenstromberg

This legend takes place in the time of the crusades, around 1195. Like many other knights from the Rhineland, Buchenhard, the Lord of Ölberg, had taken the cross and left for Palestine with Emperor He was reported missing. In those days, Eichenhild was Lady of the Castle on the Ölberg. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Meadow at Heisterbach
Heisterbach

How the Monastery of Heisterbach was founded

By the end of the 12th century the first Cistercians monks had settled on the Petersberg. In those times, large parts of the area on the right bank of river Rhine were covered with dense forests, there were almost no safely made up roads and ways. Life was tough, especially […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Rheinsteig sign posts
Rhine

Rheinsteig Hiking Trail

Maybe you have come for a tour along the Rheinsteig long-distance hiking trail. You start at Bonn, market place, you cross Kennedy bridge to the right bank, and then the Siebengebirge is one of your first stages. The Rheinsteig sign posts show an “R” on a blue background. If you […]

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 […]

Christmas on the Drachenfels
Dragon Tales

Christmas on the Drachenfels

This legend takes place around the year 1200. Back them, many knights from the Rhineland taken the cross and followed Emperor Friedrich I. Barbarossa to Palestine. Some of them had not come back yet. “Please, Mylady, only one!” begged a bright voice. Brangwen, the Lady of the Drachenfels, looked up […]