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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Abandoned mine Ofenkaulen
Forests and Streams

Ofenkaulen

When you are halfway up the L 331 motorway that leads from Königswinter to Ittenbach you see the driveway to Mount Petersberg on your left side and a bus station on your right side. Some meters below the bus station a narrow path takes you into the woods to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wolkenburg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Wolkenburg

It is said that Mount Wolkenburg (“Castle of the Clouds”) was once the highest mountain of all. But over centuries it was used as a quarry, and so its original shape got lost. There is nothing left of the medieval castle either. And yet, in the Middle Ages the castle […]

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) […]

Names Guide
Guide

Names Guide

It seems that there is no rule on how to use the names of cities, mountains and valleys of the world, even with languages as close as German and English. We all say “New York” and “Chesapeake Bay”, but on the other hand we rather say “Themse” than “Thames”. In […]

Shelter on top of Mount Geisberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Geisberg

Mount Geisberg is hidden beauty in the middle in the Seven Mountains. If you follow the broad hiking trail from Königswinter to Margarethenhöhe, you get to Milchhäuschen” restaurant. Follow the trail for another small while until you see a small sign “Geisberg” on your right. You get on a dirt […]

Siefen, Siebengebirge
Nature

Siefen

The German word “Siefen” describes deeply indented moist valleys, of which there are many in the Seven Mountains. It is quite possible that they have even given it its name, because originally it was perhaps “Siefengebirge”, so the mountains (Gebirge) with a many “Siefen”, and only later became “Siebengebirge” that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Möschbach in Rommersdorf, Bad Honnef
Some ideas

Möschbachstraße

If you come to Bad Honnef, don’t miss a visit to the district of Rommerdorf, a charming old winemaking village at the bottom of the Siebengebirge. A particularly beautiful street with historic timber-framed houses is Möschbachstraße, named after the Möschbach, a creek that rises in the Annatal valley and flows […]