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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Wallenstein and his troops
Early Modern Age

Thirty Years’ War

Holy Roman Empire, at the beginning of the 17th century. The ecclesiastical states Cologne, Mainz and Trier in the West and the worldly states in the South were mainly Catholic, the North mainly Lutheran, and Calvinism had spread in the Palatinate, Nassau, Hesse-Kassel, Brandenburg, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The confessions […]

Bonn Rhine bridge
20th Century

Nazi Germany

On January 30, 1933, pressured by former Chancellor Franz von Papen and other staunch conservatives, President Hindenburg had finally appointed Hitler Chancellor. Hitler immediately took measures to achieve his anti-democratic goals. On March 24, 1933, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act (in German “Ermächtigungsgesetz”), a law by which Parliament ceded […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hogenberg, attack on Königswinte
Early Modern Age

Lutherans, Calvinists, Anabaptists

The Rhineland around 1530. Since the Late Middle Ages, large parts of our region including the villages of Oberdollendorf, Niederdollendorf, Küdinghoven, Oberkassel and Honnef with the Löwenburg mountain belonged to the Duchy of Berg. By the time of the reformation, the duchies of Jülich, Cleves (on the left bank of […]

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 […]

Rhine

Impressions from the Middle Rhine

As we have seen before, our region is located on the northern border of the Middle Rhine Valley, which begins at Bingen / Rüdenheim. For many people, the narrow valley with its steeps, vineyards and numerous castles is the classical Rhine landscape par excellence, and the epitome of the “Romantic […]

Old view of Königswinter
Napoleonic Era

Napoleonic Era 2

Continental system and beginning resistance Since Napoleon could not conquer England, he intended to fight her by economic means, and decreed the Continental system: no country was allowed to trade with England, no harbor was allowed to let English ships moor. At first, these measures hit England’s economy, but then […]

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 […]

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. […]

At the border of the Roman Empire
Roman Era

Germania Inferior

After Caesar’s victory, Germania disappeared for a while from the Roman historians’ field of vision; during the next years, their attention was caught by the civil wars within the Empire. Agrippa and the Ubii Only in connection with the governorship of the Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa do we hear again about […]

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 […]