Mount Drachenfels certainly is the most famous of the Siebengebirge, and the skyline of Drachenfels and Wolkenburg is a postcard motiv. Since the first days of Rhine romantism and Rhine tourism, Königswinter and Mount Drachenfels was a must on the agenda.
Königswinter-city is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, opposite Bonn-Bad-Godesberg, at the foot of the Siebengebirge. The mountains Drachenfels, Wolkenburg and Petersberg rise right behind the town. Königswinter is a wine-growers town, and that goes back to the Middle Ages.
Numerous small and large excursion boats moor at the Rhine promenade, with which you can travel down the Rhine to Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf and further to Holland, or up the Rhine through the famous Middle Rhine Valley to Linz, Coblenz, Mainz, Bingen and even further into the Rheingau. On the page Rhein- und Siebengebirge links you will find some shipping lines.
This post is about ways from Königswinter-city to Mount Drachenfels, so here are three Königswinterer ways to the Drachenfels: A ride on the Drachenfelsbahn, the rack railway to Mount Drachenfels, walk along the tradtional “Eselsweg” trail, or hiking through the beautiful Nachtigallental, the Nightingale Valley.
Drachenfelsbahn, rack railway
It is always nice to take the cog railway to the Drachenfels, valley station is at the very end of the Drachenfelsstraße. Halfway up there is the middle station, where you can visit Drachenburg Castle and the Museum of Nature Conservation History.
The “classic” hiking trail Eselsweg (donkeys’ way) begins at the Eselsbrunnen at the Rhine, then it leads through Drachenfelsstraße towards the valley station. Next to the valley station, a steep road leads up towards Mount Drachenfels. On the your way, you pass the Nibelungenhalle with the reptile zoo and numerous excursion restaurants.
Through the Nightingale Valley
You can also go through the romantic nightingale valley. That sounds a bit tacky I know, but the Nachtigallental is just beautiful. Here you are right in a Siefen, that is our German word for our narrow, wet, v-shaped valleys with their small streams that are so typical for the Siebengebirge.
It starts at the very end of Bahnhofsstraße in Königswinter-city, so just around the corner from the train station Königswinter, and not far away from the parking lot. At the end of Bahnhofstraße, you go underneath the B42 expressway, and you are in the Nightingale Valley. What a contrast!