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

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. The daughter of the Count of Löwenburg was in love with a young knight, who had joined the Crusades. One day, while she was waiting for […]

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. Close to a little town, the future Königswinter, a range of hill stopped its […]

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. Also Hedwig, the daughter of the Count of Wolkenburg, was separated from her fiancé Friedrich. They were in love and wanted to get married. So Hedwig […]

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. The ship caught fire and its unfortunate crew died in the flames or […]