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.

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 get caught between the political fronts. Kunibert, the Lord of Ölberg, fought with the Archbishop of Cologne, Engelbert, over predominance in the Siebengebirge.

Siebengebirge tales: The Maiden of Löwenburg
Middle Ages Legends

The Maiden of Löwenburg

A traditional fairy tale from the time of the crusaders, about the maiden of Löwenburg and her fiancé in the Holy Land. Many knights left their families and friends to re-conquer Jerusalem, leaving their families and friends behind.

Medieval lady and knight
Middle Ages Legends

Hedwig of Wolkenburg

This traditional legend about Hedwig of Wolkenburg takes place in the time of the crusades. Many knights left their families and friends to re-conquer Jerusalem, leaving their families and friends behind.

The Malignant Dragon
Dragon legends

The Malignant Dragon

A traditional fairy tale of the Rhine. This malignant dragon lived in an indefinite time at Mount Drachenfels. From his lair on top of the Drachenfels lay in wait for passing ships. As soon as a ship got near enough, he spew fire onto it.

Heisterbach, Siebengebirge, the gate into the woods
Middle Ages Legends

The Monk of Heisterbach

Let us first look with the monk of Heisterbach into the Bible, New Testament, 2nd epistle of Peter. “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”