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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Weilberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Weilberg

Here we are at the abandoned quarry at Mount Weilberg, near the monastery of Heisterbach at the L268 street. In the 19th century and early 20th Century, basalt was mined here a stone that resists even hardest pressure. With the building of streets and railway lines, every time more basalt […]

Old bridge over the Rhine, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Rhine

From the Alps to the Northern Sea

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 Rhine”. This applies especially to […]

Dinosaur at Nassenplatz, Siebengebirge (collage)
Nature

Did the dinosaurs know the Siebengebirge?

The Siebengebirge came into being about 30 millon years ago. 30 million years .. this age seems beyond human imagination, yet in the context of earth history it is just a moment. Diplodocus, whom you see in the collage above, lived about 155-145 million years ago in the Upper Jurassic. […]

Hotel Petersberg, Chancellor Adenauer, his Mercedes Benz
20th Century

Federal Republic

Germany, 1848. After World War II, Germany had to start all over again. The Western part of the country, occupied by England, France and the USA and since 1948 combined into the trizone, should be governed democratically. The Basic Law On September 1, 1948, the Parliamentary Council (an interim parliament) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mountains

Ölberg

Mount Ölberg (468 m) is the highest of the Seven Mountains. When you come by car over the A3 Autobahn (motorway, interstate) or over the Kennedy bridge in Bonn, you see it already from far. Climbing up to the top may get you huffing and puffing, but it is well […]

Medieval castle ruin Löwenburg, Siebengebirge, Bad Honnef
Mountains

Löwenburg

You have to climb a bit at the end of the walk up Mount Löwenburg (455 m), but it’s worth all your efforts. From up here, you have a wonderful view over the Rhine Valley and the the other hills. See the fog lifting up there on the Löwenburg, and […]

Tretschbachtal Valley, Siebengebirge, Bad Honnef
Forests and Streams

Tretschbachtal

Do you like wild romantic sceneries? Then the Tretschbachtal, one of the most beautiful valleys in the Seven Mountains Nature Park, is definitely the right trail for you. It takes you from the loop hiking trail around Mount Lohrberg high in the Seven Mountains to the city of Bad Honnef […]

Siebengebirge tales: The Treasure of Rosenau
Tales

The Treasure of Rosenau

At the beginning of the 20th century, there was a hotel close to the ruin of the Rosenau. It was a nice house, run by a friendly landlord, in which the guests felt welcome. But then the landlord fell very sick, and since he had no children of his own, […]