Rhine and Drachenfels, 1921
History

Siebengebirge – an agitated history

The Siebengebirge area, close to Bonn and Cologne, has an eventful history. Regional history comes in the context of German history. During the last about 2,000 years, people of numerous nationalities have come to the Rhine. Celts, Teutons, Romans, Frenchmen, Prussians, just to mention some of them.

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Rhine

Siebengebirge and Rhine

Of course, the Siebengebirge and the Rhine belong together. If you take a boat trip on the Rhine, you have a wonderful view of the Drachenfels and the Siebengebirge at Bonn-Bad Godesberg on the left and Bad Honnef and Königswinter on the right. From above, you have a wonderful view of the Rhine valley. Here are some impressions. Numerous small […]

Swan family seen at Hohenems, Alter Rhein, Austria
Rhine

Rhine – from the Alps to the Northern Sea

Our region is located on the northern border of the Middle Rhine Valley. When we hike through the hills and valleys of the Siebengebirge and look down on our small part of the Rhine, he has already come a long way from the Swiss Alpes to the Northern Sea, through Liechtenstein, Austria, France and the German Länder Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and […]

The Bergmann brothers at Castle Garden, New York
Emigrants

“At home on the Rhine and in America”

Maybe you live far away now, yet your roots reach back to the Rhine. The most heartfelt words about the Rhineland I found in Heinrich Heine’s “Germany. A Winter’s Tale” and in the “Reminiscences” of Carl Schurz. Since 1827, Heine’s work was censured, since 1833 it was forbidden in the State of Prussia, and thereby in his native Rhineland. Heine […]

At Froschberg
More legends

The Hermit on the Froschberg

A new tale about a hermit, Mount Froschberg in the Siebengebirge, and frogs. Not so long ago, in a little town below the Siebengebirge, there lived a man who was very friendly, but also extremely pessimistic. He always feared that something might not be as it should be, and that something might go wrong.

Siebengebirge tales: The Seven Giants
Traditional Legends

The Seven Giants

A traditional legend about seven giants that might explain how the Siebengebirge, the Seven Mountains, came into being Once upon a time, River Rhine did not flow from its spring in Switzerland through Germany and the Netherlands into the North Sea as it does today.

Rolandsbogen
Traditional Legends

Roland’s arch

Already from far you see Roland’s arch above Rolandseck. He reminds us of Roland and Hildegunde, two lovers who were not blessed with a happy end. It takes place in Charlemagne’s Carolingian Empire.

Mount Lohrberg, dragon Bouffe-Bouffe
Dragon legends

The Fiery Man of Lohrberg

The old tale of the Fiery Man of Lohrberg comes here in a new version. At the Lohrberg once lived an evil man, bailiff on a big estate. He let the people under him go hungry and cheated their wages out of them. It gave him a special pleasure to torment the peasants and most of all the children.

Siebengebirge tales, Sir Mauzibauz
Middle Ages Legends

Sir Mauzibauz

A new fairy tale from the High Middle Ages. Sir Mauzibauz, the talking cat, and his friends save Rosenau Castle. This story takes place around 1200 in the Siebengebirge.

Siebengebirge tales, The Spook from the Basement
Dragon legends

The spook from the basement

A new tale from the Siebengebireg about pumpkins and Halloween, Our hero is dragon Bouffe-Bouffe of Lohrberg. When you drive through the villages in autumn, you see already from far pumpkins in wonderful colors in the producers’ displays.