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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Nonnenstromberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Nonnenstromberg

When I go for a walk to Mount Nonnenstromberg (335 m), I often feel like I was in a fairy forest, especially on foggy days. Maybe the legendary Monk of Heisterbach, who had followed a bird’s voice deeper and deeper into the woods, had arrived on the Nonnenstromberg? Nowhere else […]

Ruin of the medieval choir Heisterbach
Heisterbach

Heisterbach

The famous choir ruin of Heisterbach. It is all that is left from the medieval church that once was the biggest of the region, surpassed only by the gothic cathedral in Cologne. When you come from Oberdollendorf to Heisterbacherrott, you see already from far at your right the monastery’s baroque […]

Hogenberg, attack on Königswinte
Early Modern Age

Lutherans, Calvinists, Anabaptists

The Rhineland around 1530. Since the Late Middle Ages, large parts of our region including the villages of Oberdollendorf, Niederdollendorf, Küdinghoven, Oberkassel and Honnef with the Löwenburg mountain belonged to the Duchy of Berg. By the time of the reformation, the duchies of Jülich, Cleves (on the left bank of […]

Stenzelberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Stenzelberg

Not much has remained of Mount Stenzelberg. Already in the Middle Ages the Cistercian monks of Heisterbachgained stones there to build their enormous abbey church. For centuries the quarry continued, even after 1908, when the quarries on Mount Petersberg were closed. In 1922 the Seven Mountains were put under preservation order, and in […]

Siebengebirge tales, The Haunted House
Dragon Tales

The Haunted House

A tale from the Middle Ages says that St. Bernhard got annoyed by the nightingale’s singing when he visited the monastery of Himmerod. He was so angry that the birds emigrated into a valley in the Seven Mountains that was later called “Nightingale Valley”. Probably that went through dragon Jupp’s […]

Middle Ages

Hohenstaufen dynasty

The Rhineland in the High Middle Ages. Above, you see from the left to the right: Otto IV’s coat of arms, Henry VI, Philip of Swabia in the fornt of the medieval ruin Löwenburg, the medieval choir run of Heisterbach, Frederick II and Richard I Lionheart. The archbishops of Cologne […]

Meadow at Heisterbach
Heisterbach

How the Monastery of Heisterbach was founded

By the end of the 12th century the first Cistercians monks had settled on the Petersberg. In those times, large parts of the area on the right bank of river Rhine were covered with dense forests, there were almost no safely made up roads and ways. Life was tough, especially […]

Möschbach in Rommersdorf, Bad Honnef
Some ideas

Möschbachstraße

If you come to Bad Honnef, don’t miss a visit to the district of Rommerdorf, a charming old winemaking village at the bottom of the Siebengebirge. A particularly beautiful street with historic timber-framed houses is Möschbachstraße, named after the Möschbach, a creek that rises in the Annatal valley and flows […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cog train to Mount Drachenfels, Drachenburg, Cologne Cathedral
German Reich

Bismarck Era

>Germany, 1871. Germany was united, and a deeply-felt wish of many people had been fulfilled. However, 10 million Austrian Germans lived outside the Empire, and now Prussia’s dominance was overwhelming: it was by far the biggest state, had the largest army, the crown was hereditary within the Hohenzollern dynasty, and the […]