Margarethenhof, Margarethenhöhe, Siebengebirge
Around the Ölberg

Trailhead Margarethenhöhe

Königswinter-Margarethenhöhe is a good trailhead to discover the Siebengebirge, hiking trails take you all around. There is a parking lot and a bus station of the line 521.

Drachenburg Castle, Königswinter and Rhine, Siebengebirge
Drachenfels, Königswinter and surroundings

Trailhead Königswinter

Königswinter is a good trailhead if you go out to discover the Siebengebirge, the hiking trails take you to Mount Drachenfels and beyond. Since the first days of Rhine romanticism and Rhine tourism, Königswinter and Mount Drachenfels was a must on the agenda.

Moonlight meadow, Siebengebirge

Early history

Very early on, in the Upper Paleolithic, there were human beings in our region. The first finds date back to the early history of the Siebengebirge. In Oberkassel, the bones of a man, a woman, and a dog were found who must have lived around 13,000 BC. You can see them in the museum Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn.

Natural forest, Nonnenstromberg

Nature Reserve

The Siebengebirge has been a nature reserve for a long time. Today, many endangered plants and animals have found a home here, and there are strict rules to ensure that they can live in peace.

Drachenfels Castle and coat of arms
Medieval castles

Medieval Castle Drachenfels

The ruin of the medieval donjon of Drachenfels Castle is a landmark of Königswinter and the Siebengebirge. You can go up there, and enjoy the breathtaking view across the Rhine valley. Today we only have the donjon and some inner walls left, and it is a bit difficult to imagine how it was like back then in the Middle Ages. […]

Sycamore maple

Siebengebirge trees

If the Siebengebirge was untouched nature, most likely the beeches would be predominant in the woods. This post shows some native trees from our region. Where what kind of tree grows best depends on several factors. Is it an upland or lowland area, is it warm or cool there, is the soil rather moist or dry, and what is its […]

Drachenfels and Wolkenburg, Siebengebirge
Drachenfels, Königswinter and surroundings


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 spectacular.

Siebengebirge history, At the Border of the Roman Empire

At the border of the Roman Empire

In the Roman era, the Siebengebirge was a military area at the border of the Roman Empire, province Germania Inferior. Roman quarries at Drachenfels supplied stones for Bonn, Cologne, Xanten and Nijmegen. For about 500 years, the events within the Empire and its long defense fight determined life on both sides of the frontier.

Löwenburg Castle, Sayn coat of arms
Medieval castles

Medieval Castle Löwenburg

From up here at Löwenburg Castle, you have a wonderful view across the Rhine Valley and the other hills. You almost feel like the lord or the lady of the castle. Thanks to conservation and restoration work, we can visit the castle ruin.