After leaving the beautiful neighborhood of Bad Honnef-Rommersdorf, you enter the perhaps the most picturesque corner of the Siebengebirge, the humid valleys Annatal and Tretschbachtal.
In the photo you see the entrance to the Annatal with the little wooden bridge, and behind it already the “Römerquelle”. That translates to Romans’ fountain. Yet, the Romans did not build it. In 1847, Hubert Schaaffhausen, a well-known manufacturer from Bad Honnef, needed water for his villa. Perhaps you have seen the Schaafhausen villa on the way. Even more famous is his son Hermann, the anthropologist and co-founder of the Rheinische Landesmuseum.
On a narrow path, you continue up to a fork at the refuge Anna-Schutzhütte. Here, the way parts: you can walk further up the Annatal valley, turn into the Tretschbachtal valley, or take one of the other paths.
Farther up in the Annatal valley in the Siebengebirge, you will pass ponds and pools. Once the villagers impounded Möschbach creek to obtain ponds for fish breeding. Today they are the habitat of dragonflies, butterflies and amphibians. Horsetails grow here; they were among the first plants to appear on earth billions of years ago. Hikers can rest in a particularly picturesque refuge.
Therefore, just a few minutes’ walk from the houses and streets, in the Annatal Siebengebirge, we have a small piece of paradise waiting for us.
Read more (German)
Deutschlands Natur | Der Naturführer für Deutschland
Natur- und Kulturführer Siebengebirge, 8 Rundwege, Holger Maria Sticht
Empfohlen von BUND Freunde der Erde, Gasterland-Verlag Köln 2011