Hogenberg, attack on Königswinte
Early Modern Age

Lutherans, Calvinists, Anabaptists

The Rhineland around 1530, the time of the Protestant Reformation. Although the Rhineland remained Catholic, there were Lutheran, Anabaptist and Calvinist congregations.

Königswinter around 1900, quarries


For centuries, trachyte, latite and basalt have been mined for in the Siebengebirge. The quarries almost destroyed our region. Hardly anything has remained of Mount Stenzelberg, which today is an abandoned quarry. The same goes for Mount Weilberg, an abandoned quarry and natural monument. Trachyte from Mount Drachenfels Already the Romans mined for trachyte at Mount Drachenfels. In Bonn and […]

Wars of succession, Bonn around 1700
Early Modern Age

Absolutism and wars of succession

Both rulers in the Rhineland, the Duke of Berg and as the Prince-Elector of Cologne, were drawn into the European wars of succession. Holy Roman Empire, at the end of the 17th century. After the Thirty Years’ War, large parts of Central Europe lay in ashes.

Shelter on top of Mount Geisberg, Siebengebirge, Königswinter
Around the Ölberg


Climbing Mount Geisberg in the Siebengebirge is worth your efforts, the view of the Ölberg and the Rhine rewards you.

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Nature Park Siebengebirge

Here were are in the Nature Park Siebengebirge, one of Germany’s oldest nature reserves. Do you hear the birds sing? Hikers enjoy the varied landscape, and a flora and fauna with many species. Flora and fauna Besides the donkeys at Mount Drachenfels, the fire salamander is one of the “landmarks” of the Siebengebirge. If you are lucky, you may hear a […]

Old view of Königswinter

Napoleonic Era

This time has shaped our region, back then the Grand Duchy of Berg, and Napoleon’s laws lasted long beyond his reign. In the Rhineland, the Napoleonic Code was in use until the introduction of the Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (civil code of Germany) in 1900.

Abandoned mine Ofenkaulen
Around the Ölberg


The Ofenkaulen are a tunnel system, former underground tuff quarries in the Siebengebirge. Today, they are a winter quarters for bats. When you are halfway up the L 331 motorway that leads from Königswinter to Ittenbach you see the driveway to Mount Petersberg on your left side and a bus station on your right side.

Refuge at Froschberg
Around the Ölberg

In the Mirbesbach Valley

If you walk on the Rheinsteig hiking trail, the routes from Petersberg to Geisberg takes you through Mirbesbach Valley, Siebengebirge. On the way from Mount Petersberg you cross the pedestrian bridge over the L331 country road  and then climb onto Mount Geisberg.

King Frederick William IV , Stolzenfels Castle
Kingdom of Prussia and German Reich

Prussian Rhineland

After the Congress of Vienna, the Rhinelanders became Prussian Rhineland citizens, subjects of the Prussian kings and emperors in Berlin. The Prussians on the Rhine? What business did they have here?

Bittweg, procession way at Petersberg
Petersberg and Nonnenstromberg

Petersberger Bittweg

The German word “Bittweg” translates as procession way. For centuries, the chapel on Mount Petersberg has been a place of pilgrimage. So, the locals and pilgrims walked up here on church holidays, praying all along the way. Hence the name “Petersberger Bittweg”.