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.

Siebengebirge tales, Liba of Ölberg
Middle Ages Legends

Liba of Ölberg

This legend refers to a historical event: Engelbert I, Archbishop of Cologne, was murdered on November 7, 1225. Kunibert, the Lord of Ölberg, fought with the Archbishop of Cologne, Engelbert, over predominance in the Seven Hills.

Siebengebirge tales: The Maiden of Löwenburg
Middle Ages Legends

The Maiden of Löwenburg

Another legend from the time of the crusades. Many knights left their families and friends to re-conquer Jerusalem, leaving their families and friends behind.

Siebengebirge tales: The Seven Giants
Traditional Legends

The Seven Giants

How the Seven Mountains came into being (the legend) 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.

Medieval lady and knight
Middle Ages Legends

Hedwig of Wolkenburg

Another legend from 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

Another legend tells us about an especially nasty dragon, who 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.”