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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History Guide, Richard the Lionheart
Guide

History Guide

As the history of our region is also a bit German and European history, you’ll find here some corresponding dates from England, Ireland and the United States. At the border of the Roman Empire (100 BC – 476 AD) Roman Britain (44-407) Merovingians (481-751) and Carolingians (751-911) Anglo-Saxon England (597-1066) […]

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 […]

Einsiedlertal, Siebengebirge, Bad Honnef
Mountains and Valleys

Einsiedlertal

In English, it would be “Hermits’ Valley”, and if you like wild romantic sceneries, you will enjoy this trail. You can start your hike at the parking lot “Einsiedlertal” at the road “Schmelzstraße”, about halfway between the city of Bad Honnef and its district Aegidienberg in the hills. The hiking […]

Dragon Tayfun on Mount Löwenburg, Siebengebirge, Bad Honnef
Dragons

Dragons

Some legends tell us about dragons – eerie, malicious creatures that devour humans, blow up ships and generally rejoice in misery of others. But these legends do the dragons unjust. History is often enough written by the victors. Many legends entwine around historical events or reflect the spirit of their […]

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 […]

View over the Rhine, Königswinter and Bonn
Scenic viewpoints

Viewpoint Ölberg

Mount Ölberg (468 m) is the highest of the Seven Mountains. Climbing up to the top may get you huffing and puffing, but it is well worth your efforts. From up there you have a wonderful view over the Rhine Valley, the mountain regions of Westerwald, Bergisches Land, Sauerland, Eifel […]

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 […]

View from Drachenfels over the Rhine and Nonnenwerth island, Siebengebirge, Königswinter, Bad Honnef
Scenic viewpoints

Viewpoint Drachenfels

Here we are on Mount Drachenfels. From the platform and the medieval castle ruin, you have a great view over the Rhine Valley and Nonnenwerth Island.

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, […]

Heisterbach, Siebengebirge, the gate into the woods
Heisterbach

The Monk of Heisterbach

The Monastery of Heisterbach is situated in a beautiful valley below the Petersberg. In those days, the monks spent their days praying and working. One of them often wondered about the psalm saying that “to the Lord, a thousand years are like one day”, without understanding its full meaning. One […]

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 […]

Donkey fountain by Ernemann Sander, Rhine river walk, Königswinter
Some ideas

Donkey fountain, Königswinter

This is the donkey fountain in Königswinter, one of my favorite places on the banks of the Rhine. The sculptor Ernemann Sander has given us this bronze statue and many others. There is also the pelican in Niederdollendorf, Caesarius of Heisterbach in Oberdollendorf, Maria Virgin of Mercy in Heisterbach and […]