Great war, gas attack, poppy
Spotlight

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 [...]

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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 […]

Drei-Seen-Blick, view over Drachenfels and Wolkenburg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter and Bad Honnef
Scenic viewpoints

Viewpoint Drei-Seen-Blick

As you see, this is an especially beautiful site at the Lohrberg, about 15-20 minutes walking distance from Margarethenhöhe – a good point in the hills to see the Lohrberg, Ölberg and Löwenburg. There is a bus station and a big parking lot, and right there is a big plan […]

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”.

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 […]

Coblenz, Friedrich Wilhelm IV, Heine
Prussian Rhineland

Prussian Rhine Province

The Rhineland around 1815. After the victory over Napoleon, the whole of the Rhineland, Westphalia, and some other territories had fallen to Prussia, so also the Seven Mountains now belonged to the State of Prussia under King Frederick William III (in German Friedrich Wilhelm III., 1797-1840). At first, there were […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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