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 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 […]

At the Rhine frontier
Napoleonic Era

Napoleonic Era 1

The Rhineland around 1800. The French Revolution had shattered Europe’s monarchies. When the Royal Family made an attempt to escape and Prussian and Austrian troops marched against Paris, the Jacobins got the upper hand and proclaimed the republic. King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, youngest daughter of Maria Theresia, […]

Roman watchtower
Roman Era

New enemies: Franks and Alamanni

The time of the Soldier Emperors (235-284/85) is considered as a time of crisis, many historians speak of the crisis of the third century. The ongoing, forcibly brought about change on the Imperial throne did not allow the Roman Empire to get some peace. Moreover, it had to defend itself […]

Rhine at Bonn, Siebengebirge
Spotlight

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. Our region is located on the northern end of the Middle Rhine Valley. For many people, the narrow valley […]

A 1848er
Prussian Rhineland

Revolution 1848

Germany, 1848.  The great social need and pent-up anger against the restoration policy finally erupted in the March revolution. The news from Paris spread quickly, and already in the first days of March uprisings occurred in Germany. In February 1848, revolution broke out in France, King Louis-Philippe of France was […]

The Bergmann brothers at Castle Garden, New York
Emigrants' story

“At home on the Rhine and in America”

Maybe you live far away now, yet your roots reach back to the Rhine. The most heartfelt words about the Rhineland I found in Heinrich Heine’s “Germany. A Winter’s Tale” and in the “Reminiscences” of Carl Schurz. Since 1827, Heine’s work was censured, since 1833 it was forbidden in the […]

Petersberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Petersberg

Maybe you have heard the correspondent from Germany speaking about “The Petersberg close to Bonn”, when reporting about an international conference being held in the hotel on Mount Petersberg. The two UN conferences on Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002 took place here and, in November 2005, the first “Partnership with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christmas on the Drachenfels
Dragon Tales

Christmas on the Drachenfels

This legend takes place around the year 1200. Back them, many knights from the Rhineland taken the cross and followed Emperor Friedrich I. Barbarossa to Palestine. Some of them had not come back yet. “Please, Mylady, only one!” begged a bright voice. Brangwen, the Lady of the Drachenfels, looked up […]

Wilhelm II, Rhine alley Königswinter
German Reich

Wilhemine Era

Germany around 1900. Above you see an officer with a ‘Pickelhaube’ in front of the imperial residence New Palace in Sanssouci Park, Potsdam. For many people, life was good. The decades between the founding of the Empire and World War I are also referred to as “Belle Epoque”. It was […]