Rhine at Bonn, Siebengebirge
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Siebengebirge, Rhine Valley

Welcome! My website is about the nature park Siebengebirge in Königswinter and Bad Honnef, at the northern end of the Middle Rhine Valley: the seven ++ mountainss, valleys, nature, history of our region, dragons and tales.

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Mirbesbach, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Forests and Streams

Mirbesbach

A lovely creek along the L-331 motorway from Königswinter to Margarethenhöhe, close to the bus stop Rosenauer Weg. I love it very much. The Mirbesbach, translated to “Mirbi Creek” is mentioned in my emigrants’ story “At Home at the Rhine and in America”.

Medieval lady and knight
Middle Ages Tales

Hedwig of Wolkenburg

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. Also Hedwig, the daughter of the Count of Wolkenburg, was separated from her fiancé Friedrich. They were in love and wanted to get married. So Hedwig […]

Siebengebirge tales: The Earth Dragons
Dragon Tales

The Earth Dragons

Halfway between the city of Königswinter and Margarethenhöhe in the hills there is a hill called Remscheid. Here and on the opposite Ofenkaulberg the Seven Mountains look wild and untouched, narrow paths take you through deep valleys and all around you see old trees with gigantic trunks. If you look […]

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, Liba of Ölberg
Middle Ages Tales

Liba of Ölberg

This legend refers to a historical event: Engelbert I, Archbishop of Cologne, was murdered on November 7, 1225. Kunibert, the Lord of Ölberg, fought with the Archbishop of Cologne, Engelbert, over predominance in the Seven Hills. But Liba, his beautiful young daughter, was in love with Werner, the Archbishop’s nephew. […]

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 […]

Dragon lady Brann
Dragon Tales

The Dragon Lady of Drachenfels

It was at the beginning of the Middle Ages. The Roman Empire, that had long become unruleable, had broken down under the attack of the migration of the peoples. It was a time of turmoil, and the people lived in constant fear of being attacked by other tribes. Back then, […]

Rolandsbogen
Tales

Roland’s arch

Already from far you see Roland’s Arch above Rolandseck. He reminds us of Roland and Hildegunde, two lovers who were not blessed with a happy end. This legend takes places in the Early Middle Ages in Charlemagne’s Carolingian Empire. Charlemagne had led his army to Spain, but had no sucess […]

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 […]

Roman watchtower
Roman Era

New enemies: Franks and Alamanni

The time of the Soldier Emperors (235-284/85) is considered as a time of crisis, many historians speak of the crisis of the third century. The ongoing, forcibly brought about change on the Imperial throne did not allow the Roman Empire to get some peace. Moreover, it had to defend itself […]

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 […]