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 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 […]

Medieval castle ruin
Medieval castles

Rosenau

Coming from the hiking trail that goes all around Mount Ölberg (Ölbergringweg), a narrow, winding path takes you up to the ruins of the castle Rosenau. In the High Middle Ages a little castle stood here for a short time, but only little is known about it. Obviously it was built in great haste […]

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 […]

Names Guide
Guide

Names Guide

It seems that there is no rule on how to use the names of cities, mountains and valleys of the world, even with languages as close as German and English. We all say “New York” and “Chesapeake Bay”, but on the other hand we rather say “Themse” than “Thames”. In […]

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 […]

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 […]

Snowmen
Dragon Tales

Necessity is the mother of invention

This legend takes place in the 1920s. After the war the country had just found a little peace. Of course, a lot of things didn’t function and you had to improvise a lot, yet after a long time there had been wine festivals again, and now everybody was looking forward […]

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 […]

Your guide, a merry drago
Guide

Your Guide

When you set out to discover the Seven Mountains, you might find it helpful to know about more about all these German names and data. For instance, what does “Nonnenstromberg” mean? Is it really the “Nuns electricity mountain”, as online automatic translators put it? The Names Guide explains the German […]

Abandoned mine Ofenkaulen
Forests and Streams

Ofenkaulen

When you are halfway up the L 331 motorway that leads from Königswinter to Ittenbach you see the driveway to Mount Petersberg on your left side and a bus station on your right side. Some meters below the bus station a narrow path takes you into the woods to the […]

Tansy
Nature

Local Flowers

Here are some field flowers that you may see when along the hiking trails. If you like flowers and you understand German, I have book proposal for you: Natur- und Kulturführer Siebengebirge, 8 Rundwege Author: Holger Maria Sticht Recommended by BUND Freunde der Erde, Gasterland-Verlag Köln 2011, 1: Auflage, ISBN […]

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 […]