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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sycamore maple
Nature

Local Trees

If the Seven Mountains were untouched nature, most likely the beeches would be predominant in the woods. Today, forestry has created mixed woods with 36% beeches, 18% oaks, 12% other deciduous trees, 3% robinias, 23% spruces and 8 % pines (source lanuv, North Rhine-Westphalia). On this page, you can see […]

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 […]

Frankish gravestone, found in Niederdollendorf
Middle Ages

Frankish Empire

At the beginning of the 5th century, two groups of Franks had emerged: the Salian Franks lived at Tournai, Cambrai and Arras, today’s Belgium and northern France, back then in the area of the Western Roman Empire. As allies (foederati) they fought in the Roman army. The Ripuarian Franken on […]

The Count of Geisberg
Middle Ages Tales

The Count of Geisberg

The old Count of Wolkenburg had two sons: Rigobert and Guldenhard. Rigobert, the elder son and heir to the castle, had gone with other crusaders from the Rhineland to war in Palestine. During his absence, the younger son ran the castle’s business for their infirm father. But Guldenhard was an […]

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 […]

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 […]