Frankish gravestone, found in Niederdollendorf
History

Kingdom of the Francs

Ar the time of the Kingdom of the Franks, under the Merovingians and Carolingians, the first villages in the Siebengebirge came into being. At the beginning of the 5th century, two groups of Franks had emerged: the Salian Franks lived at Tournai, Cambrai and Arras, today’s Belgium and northern France, back then part of the Western Roman Empire.

Drachenfels, Löwenburg and coat of arms. Heraldic animals dragons and lions.
Medieval castles

Dragons and lions in the castle?

Drachenfels = Dragon’s Rock, Löwenburg = Lions Castle – these names sound like places from a fairy tale. About the heraldic animals dragons and lions.

Wilderness Siebengebirge, sister beech and brother woodpecker
Nature

Wilderness Siebengebirge

In large areas of the Siebengebirge we leave nature be, that is wilderness Siebengebirge. “A home for sister beech and brother woodpecker”, as Francis of Assisi might have put it.

Nachtigallental, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Drachenfels, Königswinter and surroundings

Nachtigallental

The Nachtigallental, in English Nightingale Valley, in the Siebengebirge is just wonderful. When you are in Königswinter-city, walk up Bahnhofsstraße street, and you are there. From the first moment onwards you feel like in another, merry world.

Middle Ages Siebengebirge, Europe 1214, Bouvines
High and Late Middle Ages

Middle Ages

The castle ruins Drachenfels, Löwenburg and Rosenau, Heisterbach Abbey and the ruins of the medieval church on Petersberg remind us of the Middle Ages in the Siebengebirge. It is the time of knights, minnesang, medieval castles and the crusades.

Wolkenburg and a scratch of the medieval castle on top (collage)
High and Late Middle Ages

Ottonian and Salian dynasties

Ottonian and Salian dynasty. The Holy Roman Empire comes into being, in our region the archbishopric of Cologne. Rhineland, around 900. Our region was part of the medieval Duchy of Lorraine in the west of the East Francia. While the Capetians continued to reign in West Francia, they had died out in East Francia.

Thistle, Heisterbach Abbey
Nature

Siebengebirge Flowers

This post shows some native flowers from the Siebengebirge. In the shade of the ruins of the Heisterbach, beautiful flowers grow, among them rare ones like the wild tulip. If you walk around Mount Lohrberg in June and July, you will see bright purple digitales in front of and between the deep green conifers. Colorful flowers also sprout in the […]

Löwenburg Castle, emperors and coat of arms
High and Late Middle Ages

Hohenstaufen era

The castle ruins Drachenfels, Löwenburg, Rosenau and Heisterbach Abbey remind us of Hohenstaufen era in the Siebengebirge. We will meet famous men.

Medieval castle ruin
Around the Ölberg

Rosenau

Mount Rosenau stands in the middle of the Siebengebirge between the mountains Nonnenstromberg and Ölberg. Coming on the hiking trail that goes all around Mount Ölberg (Ölbergringweg), a path leads to the Rosenau with the ruin of a small medieval castle. You will see the signpost “Aufstieg zur Rosenau”, ascent to Rosenau.

Weilberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Nature

Volcanic Origin

The Siebengebirge is of volcanic origin. Here were are at at the geological outcrop at Mount Weilberg,, and abandoned quarry. You can see the different rock formations, and geologically trained people can use it to understand how a region was formed and what it has gone through over millions of years. About 30 million years ago, in the Oligocene and […]