If you walk on the Rheinsteig hiking trail, the routes from Petersberg to Geisberg takes you through Mirbesbach Valley, Siebengebirge. On the way from Mount Petersberg you cross the pedestrian bridge over the L331 country road and then climb onto Mount Geisberg.
The German word “Bittweg” translates as procession way. For centuries, the chapel on Mount Petersberg has been a place of pilgrimage. So, the locals and pilgrims walked up here on church holidays, praying all along the way. Hence the name “Petersberger Bittweg”.
Mount Petersberg in the Siebengebirge is a worthwhile destination not only for state guests. You may have heard the correspondent from Germany speaking about the “The Petersberg close to Bonn” because the Grand Hotel on the Petersberg is still the guesthouse of the Federal Government and a venue for international conferences.
Mount Nonnenstromberg in the Siebengebirge (355 m) with the natural forest cell is a piece of paradise for nature lovers. It is one of the seven eponymous mountains.
Königswinter-Oberdollendorf is a good trailhead to discover the Siebengebirge. The second stage of the Rheinsteig hiking trail leads from the village of Königswinter-Oberdollendorf through the Mühlental valley to Heisterbach Abbey. Let us have a look around. With its crooked streets, the beautiful half-timbered houses and of course the wine restaurants, Oberdollendorf is a town for connoisseurs.
For some six centuries, Heisterbach Abbey was the religious center of our region. Only the medieval choir ruins and the tithe barn have remained. On the way from Königswinter-Oberdollendorf to Heisterbacherrott, you will see the abbey’s baroque portal already from afar. Shortly afterwards, you see the famous choir ruin.
Not much has remained of Mount Stenzelberg in the Siebengebirge, due to centuries of quarrying for quartz latite, a volcanic rock.
Here we are in front of the abandoned quarry at Mount Weilberg, close to Heisterbach Abbey at the L268 country road. On the signpost leading from the parking lot “Im Mantel” to the abandoned quarry you read “Geologischer Aufschluss” (geological outcrop).
Siebengebirge hiking: Bad Honnef – Rommersdorf, a charming winegrower village, is a good trailhead to discover the Siebengebirge. Hiking trails through the valleys Annatal and Tretschbachtal take you through the southern, humid corner of the Siebengebirge.
After leaving the beautiful neighborhood of Bad Honnef-Rommersdorf, you enter the perhaps the most picturesque corner of the Siebengebirge, the humid valleys Annatal and Tretschbachtal.