Mountains

Ölberg

Mount Ölberg (468 m) is the highest of the Seven Mountains. When you come by car over the A3 Autobahn (motorway, interstate) or over the Kennedy bridge in Bonn, you see it already from far. Climbing up to the top may get you huffing and puffing, but it is well […]

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 […]

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 […]

Möschbach in Rommersdorf, Bad Honnef
Forests and Streams

Möschbach

The Möschbach creek rises in the Annatal valley and flows into the Rhine. On his way, he passes the district of Rommersdorf, Bad Honnef, and has given his name to the Möschbachstraße,  a particularly beautiful street with historic timber-framed houses.

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 […]

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 […]

Wolkenburg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Wolkenburg

It is said that Mount Wolkenburg (“Castle of the Clouds”) was once the highest mountain of all. But over centuries it was used as a quarry, and so its original shape got lost. There is nothing left of the medieval castle either. And yet, in the Middle Ages the castle […]

Stenzelberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Mountains

Stenzelberg

Not much has remained of Mount Stenzelberg. Already in the Middle Ages the Cistercian monks of Heisterbachgained stones there to build their enormous abbey church. For centuries the quarry continued, even after 1908, when the quarries on Mount Petersberg were closed. In 1922 the Seven Mountains were put under preservation order, and in […]

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 […]

Mirbesbach, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Forests and Streams

Mirbesbach

A lovely creek along the L-331 motorway from Königswinter to Margarethenhöhe, close to the bus stop Rosenauer Weg. I love it very much. The Mirbesbach, translated to “Mirbi Creek” is mentioned in my emigrants’ story “At Home at the Rhine and in America”.