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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Siebengebirge tales, The Spook from the Basement
Dragon Tales

The spook from the basement

When you drive through the villages in autumn, you see already from far pumpkins in wonderful colors in the producers’ displays. Some of them are decorated for Halloween, because this holiday, originally an Anglo-Saxon one, is getting popular here, too. Unfortunately, there are people who have a very strange sense […]

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”.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Malignant Dragon
Dragon Tales

The Malignant Dragon

Another legend tells us about an especially nasty dragon, who from his lair on top of the Drachenfels lay in wait for passing ships. As soon as a ship got near enough, he spew fire onto it. The ship caught fire and its unfortunate crew died in the flames or […]

Old view of Siebengebirge and Rhine from Rolandseck
20th Century

Weimar Republic

Germany, 1918/1919. After the defeat in the World War I, Germany was in disastrous shape. The war had ended, but the country was not in peace. Emperor Wilhelm II had finally abdicated, the Social Democrat Friedrich Ebert (SPD) had taken over government, but he could not win the old elites for […]

A 1848er
Prussian Rhineland

Revolution 1848

Germany, 1848.  The great social need and pent-up anger against the restoration policy finally erupted in the March revolution. The news from Paris spread quickly, and already in the first days of March uprisings occurred in Germany. In February 1848, revolution broke out in France, King Louis-Philippe of France was […]

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 […]

Siebengebirge tales, Sir Mauzibauz
Middle Ages Tales

Sir Mauzibauz

This story takes place around 1200 in the Seven Mountains. Emperor Henry IV of the Hohenstaufen dynasty had died in 1197, his son Frederick II was still a boy in distant Palermo, and in Germany two kings fought for the crown. Also in our region the local princes and dukes […]

Siebengebirge tales: The Seven Giants
Tales

The Seven Giants

How the Seven Mountains came into being (the legend) Once upon a time, River Rhine did not flow from its spring in Switzerland through Germany and the Netherlands into the North Sea as it does today. Close to a little town, the future Königswinter, a range of hill stopped its […]