Welcome! Hiking through the Siebengebirge is inspiring in many ways: enjoy the view from the Mount Ölberg in the morning when the mists clear, hear the birds sing in the lovely Nachtigallental (Nightingale Valley), ride on the Drachenfelsbahn to Mount Drachenfels and enjoy the view across the Rhine Valley, find a break from stressful days at Heisterbach Abbey, or rekindle with nature in the pitterosque valley Tretschbachtal and Annatal. Just to mention a few places to see.
“This sight is the eighth wonder of the world”
Alexander von Humboldt on the Rhine and the Siebengebirge
More than seven Mountains
We usually speak of the Siebengebirge or “Sieben Berge”, translated into English as the “Seven Mountains”, However, there are over 40 hills and crests. This huge hiking area, the Siebengebirge Nature Park, is accessible by numerous paths. The long-distance hiking trails Rheinsteig, Rheinhöhenweg and Bergischer Wanderweg lead through the Siebengebirge. There are also numerous local hiking trails and loop hiking trails.
Siebengebirge cities Königswinter and Bad Honnef
The Siebengebirge Nature Park is located in the urban areas of Königswinter and Bad Honnef. For the non-locals: In the course of a district reform in Northrhine-Westphalia about fifty years ago, several villlages were incorporated to the cities of Königswinter and likewise Bad Honnef. So both city areas are made of their eponymous old towns on the banks of the Rhine and numerous villages around, many of them in the hills. The valley station of the Drachenfelsbahn is in the old town of Königswinter, the Monastery of Heisterbach halfway between Königswinter-Oberdollendorf and Königswinter-Heisterbacherrott, a hike to Mount Ölberg often begins at Königswinter-Margarethenhöhe, almost in Königswinter-Ittenbach. Bad Honnef-Rhöndorf and Bad Honnef-Rommerdorf are good trailheads if you want to explore the southern Siebengebirge.
How to get here?
All local trains stop in Königswinter and Bad Honnef. If you come in car, the A3 motorway will take you right into our area, there is an exit “Siebengebirge”. The big cities most close are Bonn and Cologne (Köln) in the North and Coblenz and Mainz in the South. The national and international trains stop in Siegburg and Bonn.
Attention: The train station in Siegburg is called “Siegburg/Bonn”, and that is what you see on an ICE train ticket. Please take a look at the small map, Siegburg and Bonn are at the same height more or less, but Siegburg is on the right side of the Rhine, Bonn on the left. A tram line, line 66, runs between Siegburg station and Bonn main station.
The most close airport is Cologne/Bonn (Köln/Bonn), but thanks to the ICE train, Frankfurt also is within reach.
Places to see
We will visit some of these 40 mountains and valleys on the following pages.
- Mount Drachenfels with the medieval castle ruin on top, Drachenburg Castle and the Nibelungenhalle, Mount Wolkenburg and Nachtigallental, the Nightingale Valley.
- Mount Ölberg, the highest mountain with the sublime view over our area, Mount Rosenau with yet another medieval castle ruin, Mount Lohrberg with the viewpoint Drei-Seen-Blick.
- Mount Geisberg, the “hidden beauty” in the middle of the Siebengebirge, Mirbesbach creek along the L331 and Ofenkaulen, abandoned mine and underground tunnel system.
- Heisterbach Abbey and surroundings – mount Weilberg and mount Stenzelberg, both abandoned quarries.
- Mount Petersberg with the Grand Hotel and Federal Guest House on top, and Mount Nonnenstromberg with the natural forest cell.
In Bad Honnef
- Mount Löwenburg with the medieval castle ruin and Einsiedlertal valley
- Tretschbachtal and Annatal, the humid valleys
- Mount Breiberg
For better orientation, there is a Google Map of Königswinter and Bad Honnef and a map of the mountains and valleys, the links are in the footer below.