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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Shelter on top of Mount Geisberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Geisberg

Mount Geisberg is hidden beauty in the middle in the Seven Mountains. If you follow the broad hiking trail from Königswinter to Margarethenhöhe, you get to Milchhäuschen” restaurant. Follow the trail for another small while until you see a small sign “Geisberg” on your right. You get on a dirt […]

Tansy
Nature

Local Flowers

Here are some field flowers that you may see when along the hiking trails. If you like flowers and you understand German, I have book proposal for you: Natur- und Kulturführer Siebengebirge, 8 Rundwege Author: Holger Maria Sticht Recommended by BUND Freunde der Erde, Gasterland-Verlag Köln 2011, 1: Auflage, ISBN […]

Dragon lady Brann
Dragon Tales

The Dragon Lady of Drachenfels

It was at the beginning of the Middle Ages. The Roman Empire, that had long become unruleable, had broken down under the attack of the migration of the peoples. It was a time of turmoil, and the people lived in constant fear of being attacked by other tribes. Back then, […]

Nachtigallental, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains and Valleys

Nachtigallental

The Nachtigallental, in English Nightingale Valley, is just wonderful, in very season of the year. When you are in downtown Königswinter, walk up Bahnhofsstraße street and you are there .. and from the first moment onwards you feel like in another, merry world. A legend from the Middle Ages says […]

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 […]

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 […]

Old view of Siebengebirge and Rhine from Rolandseck
20th Century

Weimar Republic

Germany, 1918/1919. After the defeat in the World War I, Germany was in disastrous shape. The war had ended, but the country was not in peace. Emperor Wilhelm II had finally abdicated, the Social Democrat Friedrich Ebert (SPD) had taken over government, but he could not win the old elites for […]

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. […]

History

Middle Ages

The Middle Ages are the era of knights, minnesong, Romanesque art and medieval castles. In the Valley of the Rhine, many ruins and even well preserved medieval castles have remained. In the Seven Mountains, we can visit three ruins of medieval castles: those on the mountains Drachenfels, Löwenburg and Rosenau. You see them in […]

The Malignant Dragon
Dragon Tales

The Malignant Dragon

Another legend tells us about an especially nasty dragon, who from his lair on top of the Drachenfels lay in wait for passing ships. As soon as a ship got near enough, he spew fire onto it. The ship caught fire and its unfortunate crew died in the flames or […]

Siebengebirge tales, Sir Mauzibauz
Middle Ages Tales

Sir Mauzibauz

This story takes place around 1200 in the Seven Mountains. Emperor Henry IV of the Hohenstaufen dynasty had died in 1197, his son Frederick II was still a boy in distant Palermo, and in Germany two kings fought for the crown. Also in our region the local princes and dukes […]

Town gate, city coats of arms Königswinter and Bad Honnef
Middle Ages

Late Middle Ages

The Rhineland aroung 1250. After the death of Count Heinrich III von Sayn in 1246/47, the power position of the Counts of Sayn got lost. Within a few years, the Löwenburg Castle fell to the Lords of Sponheim and Heinsberg. In 1271 Johann, a younger Heinsberg son, inherited the Löwenburg, he […]