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 […]

Rolandsbogen
Tales

Roland’s arch

Already from far you see Roland’s Arch above Rolandseck. He reminds us of Roland and Hildegunde, two lovers who were not blessed with a happy end. This legend takes places in the Early Middle Ages in Charlemagne’s Carolingian Empire. Charlemagne had led his army to Spain, but had no sucess […]

Mount Lohrberg, dragon Bouffe-Bouffe
Dragon Tales

The Fiery Man of Lohrberg

On the Lohrberg once lived an evil man who was supervisor on a big estate. He let the people under him go hungry and cheated their wages out of them. It gave him a special pleasure to torment the peasants and most of all the children. When Bouffe-Bouffe heard about […]

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 […]

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 […]

Medieval castle Rosenau
Middle Ages Tales

The Maiden of Rosenau

The Counts of Rosenau were members of the lower aristocracy and it was no secret that they were deeply in debt. The present Count of the Rosenau, a ruffian and lout, wanted to solve the problem by marrying into money. He courted a maiden named Roshain who would inherit great […]

Siebengebirge tales, Liba of Ölberg
Middle Ages Tales

Liba of Ölberg

This legend refers to a historical event: Engelbert I, Archbishop of Cologne, was murdered on November 7, 1225. Kunibert, the Lord of Ölberg, fought with the Archbishop of Cologne, Engelbert, over predominance in the Seven Hills. But Liba, his beautiful young daughter, was in love with Werner, the Archbishop’s nephew. […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Reclused of Nonnenstromberg
Dragon Tales

The Reclused of Nonnenstromberg

This legend takes place in the time of the crusades, around 1195. Like many other knights from the Rhineland, Buchenhard, the Lord of Ölberg, had taken the cross and left for Palestine with Emperor He was reported missing. In those days, Eichenhild was Lady of the Castle on the Ölberg. […]