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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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 […]

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 […]

Loop hiking trail
Mountains

Lohrberg

If you come to rekindle with nature and enjoy great views, you will love Mount Lohrberg. Agreed, his “neighbors”, Mount Löwenburg and Mount Ölberg, are better known, but the Lohrberg has his own charm. Starting from Margarethenhöhe, where there is a bus stop and a big parking lot, you can […]

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 […]

At Froschberg
Tales

The Hermit on the Froschberg

Not so long ago, in a little town below the Seven Mountains, there lived a man who was very friendly, but also extremely pessimistic. He always feared that something might not be as it should be, and that something might go wrong. Soon everybody called him only “Flops”. Once he […]

Siebengebirge history, At the Border of the Roman Empire
Roman Era

At the border of the Roman Empire

Unfortunately, we know little about the Germanics in those days,and what we know comes from Roman sources. The archaeologists have found only very little in the Seven Mountains from the Roman era. Caesar’s Gallic War had brought Roman legions to the Rhine. After his victoy, the Rhine was the border […]

Siebengebirge tales, The Spook from the Basement
Dragon Tales

The spook from the basement

When you drive through the villages in autumn, you see already from far pumpkins in wonderful colors in the producers’ displays. Some of them are decorated for Halloween, because this holiday, originally an Anglo-Saxon one, is getting popular here, too. Unfortunately, there are people who have a very strange sense […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Siebengebirge tales: The Maiden of Löwenburg
Middle Ages Tales

The Maiden of Löwenburg

Another legend from the time of the crusades. Many knights left their families and friends to re-conquer Jerusalem, leaving their families and friends behind. The daughter of the Count of Löwenburg was in love with a young knight, who had joined the Crusades. One day, while she was waiting for […]