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Heisterbach Abbey (Kloster Heisterbach; also Petersthal, formerly Petersberg) was a Cistercian monastery in the Siebengebirge near Oberdollendorf in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
The tradition of its origin is that a knight named Walther lived as a hermit on the Stromberg, also known as the Petersberg, one of the mountains forming the Siebengebirge. When numerous disciples began to settle near his cell, he built a monastery in 1134, where the community lived according to the Rule of St. Augustine. After the death of Walther however his disciples left the monastery on the Petersberg and built another on the Sulz.
In 1189 Philip, Archbishop of Cologne, requested Gisilbert, abbot of the Cistercian Himmerod Abbey in the Bishopric of Trier, to re-settle the deserted monastery of Petersberg with Cistercians from Himmerod. On 22 March 1189, therefore, twelve Cistercian monks with the newly-appointed Abbot Hermann took possession of it.
The Drachenfels ("Dragon's Rock", German pronunciation: [ˈdʁaxənˌfɛls]) is a mountain 321 metres (1,053 ft) in the Siebengebirge mountain range between Königswinter and Bad Honnef in Germany.
The rock and the ruins gained popularity in the romantic era, after the Napoleonic Wars had ended. The visit of Lord Byron to Mehlem and its appearance in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage provided the rock with international attention and it became a highlight of the so-called Rhine romanticism. Poems were composed by people like Edward Bulwer-Lytton and locally by Heinrich Heine. Thus popularized, it quickly became a tourist attraction, which it still is.
A neogothic castle, lower on the mountain, is named Schloss Drachenburg and was built in 1882 by Baron Stephan von Sarter. Both the top and Schloss Drachenburg can be reached by the Drachenfelsbahn, a rack railway built in the 19th century to satify demand from growing tourism. The Drachenfels is sometimes irreverently called Schwiegermutterfelsen (mother-in-law rock) or jokingly referred to as "the highest mountain in Holland" because of its popularity among Dutch tourists.
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Königswinter is a town and summer resort in the Rhein-Sieg district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, opposite to Bonn (Bonn vacation rentals | Bonn travel guide), at the foot of the Siebengebirge.
Königswinter consists on the one hand of the
main city directly in the rhine valley and the suburb of
Dollendorf and on the other hand of many many bigger and smaller villages in the Siebengebirge, such as Ittenbach, Oberpleis, Stieldorf, Heisterbach or Thomasberg to mention the main ones.
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Drachenfels is a mountain in Königswinter where, according to legend, Siegfried slayed the dragon that lived on the mountain. The train to the Drachenfels this railway is the oldest in Germany with a cog wheel. The castle of Drachenburg, built in 1883, is on the north side of the hill.
Unkel is a town several minutes by S-Bahn from Königswinter. The town is noted for its charm, river boat cruises, and as being home to two German chancellors after World War II.
Siebengebirge has many nice places in the forests and many wonderful views on the Rhine valley.
Heisterbach is a historic ruin of a church inside the forest.
Königswinter has a Roman Catholic (St. Remigius) and an Evangelical church, some small manufactures and a little shipping. It has a monument to the poet Wolfgang Müller.
Near the town are the ruins of the Abbey of Heisterbach.
What to DoNext to visiting the City of Königswinter you might go walking in the
Siebengebirge. In here you'll find much more (and sometimes even nicer) places, than the Drachenfels. A good point to start going through the forests is the
Margarethenhöhe. This can be reached by the bus 520 from Königswinter or by car. You'll find parking places here, but you have to pay for then and - espacially in the summer and on weekends - have to search them. From here you can go to the Ölberg, the region's highest mountain, with a nice view on the landscape. (about half an hour) You can also walk to the Löwenburg, an old castle from the middle ages - or what you can still see of it, as it's a ruin. (about 1 to 1 and a half hour) Or you can go to the Milchhäuschen, a small restaurant in the forest (about an hour) and further to the Drachenfels (another hour). If you take the bus 521 you can visit Oberdollendorf with small old houses and wine restaurants and you can go to Heisterbach, a ruin of a church inside the forest.
Essentially all of the shops are located just east of the Rhine River, on the town's main street. Since there isn't a wide variety of shops, most shops are geared toward locals, however, since Königswinter is a noteworthy town in the Siebengebirge region postcards and other souvenirs are available for purchase.
You will find small fast food stores which offers french fries, saussages, etc. as well as very good restaurants in here. Most of them can be found in the main street, at the rhine and on the way to the Drachenfels. Italia is An italian restaurant located in the center of town. The hosts are very hospitable, however, they only speak Italian and German.
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Königswinter is a town and summer resort in the Rhein-Sieg district in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, opposite to Bonn. Königswinter consists on the one hand of the main city directly in the Rhine Valley and, on the other hand, of several villages in the Siebengebirge area, such as Ittenbach, Oberpleis, Stieldorf, Heisterbach, and Thomasberg. Drachenfels Mountain is located near Königswinter, and, according to legend, Siegfried slayed the dragon that lived on the mountain. The train to the Drachenfels is the oldest in Germany with a cog wheel. The castle of Drachenburg, built in 1883, is on the north side of the hill. For those interested in Germanic legends and lore, Königswinter is a must-see destination.
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