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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Mountains

Drachenfels

Mount Drachenfels (“Dragons’ Rock”, 321 m), surely the best known of the Seven Mountains that inspired poets such as Lord Byron and Heinrich Heine, welcomes you when you make a boat tour on River Rhine. You can visit the ruin of the medieval castle on top. If you don’t want […]

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 […]

Einsiedlertal, Siebengebirge, Bad Honnef
Mountains and Valleys

Einsiedlertal

In English, it would be “Hermits’ Valley”, and if you like wild romantic sceneries, you will enjoy this trail. You can start your hike at the parking lot “Einsiedlertal” at the road “Schmelzstraße”, about halfway between the city of Bad Honnef and its district Aegidienberg in the hills. The hiking […]

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 […]

Old bridge over the Rhine, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Rhine

From the Alps to the Northern Sea

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 Rhine”. This applies especially to […]

Wilhelm's castle in Potsdam-Babelsberg
Prussian Rhineland

From Revolution to Unification

Germany, 1849. The revolution had failed. The National Assembly was forced to dissolve in 1849, Prussian troops under Prince William had crushed the second revolutionary wave in Baden and the Palatinate, many democrats had emigrated. Reaction wins After the political reaction had won, the press was strictly censured, assemblies were forbidden […]

Medieval castle Rosenau
Middle Ages Tales

The Maiden of Rosenau

The Counts of Rosenau were members of the lower aristocracy and it was no secret that they were deeply in debt. The present Count of the Rosenau, a ruffian and lout, wanted to solve the problem by marrying into money. He courted a maiden named Roshain who would inherit great […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]