Heisterbach, Siebengebirge, the gate into the woods

Siebengebirge legends

There are many Rhine and Siebengebirge legends, some of which you will find here: traditional ones that have been told for many years, free versions of an old theme and also entirely new fairy tales. You may already know The Monk of Heisterbach, or “A thousand years are like one day”. Another popular Siebengebirge legend, The Seven Giants explains how […]

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.

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.

The dwarfs
More legends

The Dwarfs

“.. But over the hills where the seven dwarfs dwell, Snow White is still alive and well” the fairy tale reads. But where exactly is “over the hills”? The Brothers Grimm don’t reveal it.

Medieval castle Rosenau
Middle Ages Legends

The Maiden of Rosenau

The old legend about the Maiden of Rosenau comes here in a new version. The Counts of Rosenau were members of the lower aristocracy, and it was no secret that they were deeply in debt. The present Count of the Rosenau, a ruffian and lout, wanted to solve the problem by marrying into money.

Siebengebirge tales, Liba of Ölberg
Middle Ages Legends

Liba of Ölberg

A traditional legend from the Middle Ages in the Siebengebirge. Liba of Ölberg and her love Werner g0t caught between the political fronts. Back then, Kunibert, the Lord of Ölberg, fought with the Archbishop of Cologne, Engelbert, over predominance in the Siebengebirge.