Discovering the Siebengebirge, Rhine Valley, Germany
The Rhinedragon

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 the quarry, 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.

Mountains and Valleys

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 […]

Mountains and Valleys

Mountains

Drachenfels

Mount Drachenfels (“Dragons’ Rock”, 321 m), surely the best known of the Seven Mountains that inspired poets such as Lord Byron and Heinrich Heine, welcomes you when you make a boat tour on River Rhine. You can visit the ruin of the medieval castle on top. If you don’t want […]

Tales

Heisterbach, Siebengebirge, the gate into the woods
Heisterbach

The Monk of Heisterbach

The Monastery of Heisterbach is situated in a beautiful valley below the Petersberg. In those days, the monks spent their days praying and working. One of them often wondered about the psalm saying that “to the Lord, a thousand years are like one day”, without understanding its full meaning. One […]

History of our Region

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 […]

History of our Region

20th Century

WW1 Centennial

A hundred years ago, the Great War raged in Europe. The sequel to my emigrants’ story At home on the Rhine and in America, set in the Rhineland between 1914 and 1922, depicts the hardships that our emigrants and their family and friends in Europe endure. The Allied Rhineland occupation brings […]

Tales

Siebengebirge tales, Sir Mauzibauz
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 […]

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!