Drachenfels Castle and coat of arms
Medieval castles

Medieval Castle Drachenfels

The ruin of the medieval donjon of Drachenfels Castle is a landmark of Königswinter and the Siebengebirge. You can go up there, and enjoy the breathtaking view across the Rhine valley. Today we only have the donjon and some inner walls left, and it is a bit difficult to imagine how it was like back then in the Middle Ages. […]

Löwenburg Castle, Sayn coat of arms
Medieval castles

Medieval Castle Löwenburg

From up here at Löwenburg Castle, you have a wonderful view across the Rhine Valley and the other hills. You almost feel like the lord or the lady of the castle. Thanks to conservation and restoration work, we can visit the castle ruin.

Drachenfels, Löwenburg and coat of arms. Heraldic animals dragons and lions.
Medieval castles

Dragons and lions in the castle?

Drachenfels = Dragon’s Rock, Löwenburg = Lions Castle – these names sound like places from a fairy tale. About the heraldic animals dragons and lions.

Medieval castle ruin
Around the Ölberg


Mount Rosenau stands in the middle of the Siebengebirge between the mountains Nonnenstromberg and Ölberg. Coming on the hiking trail that goes all around Mount Ölberg (Ölbergringweg), a path leads to the Rosenau with the ruin of a small medieval castle. You will see the signpost “Aufstieg zur Rosenau”, ascent to Rosenau.

Reitersdorf Castle, Bad Honnef-Rhöndorf
Medieval castles

Medieval Castle Reitersdorf

Let us go down from the Siebengebirge to the bank of the Rhine. Here, in Bad Honnef-Rhöndorf, we find the ruins of the small medieval Reitersdorf Castle. Today, the castle is in the middle of the beautiful park Reitersdorf. Count Johann I. Reitersdorf Castle was built around 1270 by count Johann I. von Heinsberg, lord of the Löwenburg. He had […]

Stahleck Castle, Bacharach
Medieval castles

Castles and Rhine tolls on the Middle Rhine

In this post, we will have a look southward down the Middle Rhine, and speak about Castles and Rhine tolls. Our region is located at the northern end of the Middle Rhine Valley. Speaking in medieval terms, it is on the southern border of the power of the archbishopric of Cologne. Here, four of the seven prince-electors of the Holy […]

Löwenburg Castle, coats of arms
Medieval castles

Medieval castles

Besides the hiking trails and scenic viewpoints, the medieval castles are exciting places to see in the Siebengebirge. Castles Drachenfels, Löwenburg and Rosenau You can visit three of them in one day – Drachenfels Castle, Löwenburg Castle and Rosenau Castle. Yes, the mountains and the medieval castles have the same name, that’s a bit confusing. Moreover, there is Reitersdorf Castle […]