View from Ölberg

Discovering the Siebengebirge, Rhine Valley, Germany

With over 40 hills and valleys, the Siebengebirge Nature Park in Königswinter and Bad Honnef on the Rhine is a beautiful spot, a piece of paradise right on the doorstep of the locals or the landing stage of the Rhine steamer.

Our Siebengebirge has gone through an eventful history. It almost fell victim to quarrying, today many endangered animals and plants live here. You can visit three medieval castle ruins: Rosenau. In the Siebengebirge tales, you will meet dragons sharp as a tack, knights and ladies, a puppy in knight service, talking cats, the monk of Heisterbach and other legendary figures.

Rhine and Siebengebirge

The Siebengebirge and the Rhine belong together. Here are some views from the hills accross the Rhine Valley. English will soon be available.

A hike through the Siebengebirge

A hike through the Siebengebirge: to the “Seven Mountains”, through beautiful valleys, to Heisterbach Abbey and much more. Soon also available in English.

Nature

Nature sounds from the Siebengebirge, birds and streams. The tour goes to Nonnenstromberg and the valleys Einsiedlertal, Nachtigallental and Tretschbachtal.

Mountains and Valleys

View from Ölberg, Siebengebirge, over Drachenfels
Drachenfels, Königswinter and surroundings

Drachenfels

Mount Drachenfels (321 m) certainly is the most famous hill in the Siebengebirge. It has inspired poets such as Lord Byron and Heinrich Heine and today it attracts countless visitors every year. The view across the Rhine Valley is amazing.

History

Rhine and Drachenfels, 1921
20th Century

Occupation of the Rhineland

Rhineland, 1918/1919. The armistice had put a temporary end to the fighting in the Great War, the allied occupation of the Rhineland began. Martial law remained in force, and the British fleet maintained its naval blockade.

Legends

Heisterbach, Siebengebirge, the gate into the woods
Middle Ages Legends

The Monk of Heisterbach

Let us first look with the monk of Heisterbach into the Bible, New Testament, 2nd epistle of Peter. “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

Attached to our homeland, open to the world and tolerant
Love for our homeland and cosmopolitanism have shaped our region since the days of the Romans and Ubians – even though hate mongers and populists want us to believe otherwise. My “Rhine Dragon” stands in this tradition.

Löwenburg Castle

An Encounter with dragons and knights

If you walk through the Seven Mountains today, you will not come across fire spitting dragons. How could they, after all we are in the middle of a nature park. But you will feel it. Dragons symbolize trust in ourselves, the confidence that we can make a difference, even if we need to grow beyond ourselves. May you encounter a dragon on your hike through the Siebengebirge!

Be brave and upright, that God may love thee. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong.”
From "Kingdom of Heaven"

Knights are not a relic from the Middle Ages that one brings out for costume parties only. Being a knight is, above all, an attitude, a high standard that we set ourselves to do our best. Almost every day we encounter ruthless people who cannot think beyond themselves, and intolerant people who verbally cudgel people with a different opinion or deny them having brains.

In the anonymity of the Internet, language often comes offensive. It’s no longer about arguments, mud is being slung on others. Trash is being dumped all around public places and trails. A modern-day knight would intervene rather than tolerate foul language and bullying. He, or she, would also clean up broken pieces or garbage before children and animals came along and got hurt. In short, a bit more chivalry would be good for all of us!