The Rhineland Sights


  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 04/23/2016

Fodor's Review

The town of Königswinter has one of the most visited castles on the Rhine, the Drachenfels. Its ruins crown one of the highest hills in the Siebengebirge, with a spectacular view of the Rhine. It's also part of Germany's oldest nature reserve, with more than 100 km (62 miles) of hiking trails. The castle was built in the 12th century by the archbishop of Köln, and takes its name from a dragon said to have lived in a nearby cave. (The dragon was slain by Siegfried, hero of the epic Nibelungenlied.)

The castle ruins can be reached via two different hikes, each of about 45 minutes. One route begins at the Drachenfelsbahn station, and passes the Nibelungenhalle reptile zoo along the way. The other route starts at Rhöndorf on the other side of the hill. The Siebengebirge Tourist Office at Drachenfelsstrasse 51 in Königswinter can provide a map that includes these and other local hiking trails.

  • Drachenfels, Konigswinter, The Rhineland, Germany, Europe.

Sight Information


Königswinter, North Rhine-Westphalia, 53639, Germany

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Always accessible

Published 04/23/2016


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