Drachenfels (Deutschland/Germany) - part 1

by Björn Roose November. 25, 2019 350 views
The top of the Drachenfels as seen from the Godesburg in Bonn, on the other side of the Rhine

The top of the Drachenfels as seen from the Godesburg in Bonn, on the other side of the Rhine

If you're even just slightly romantic you should, when you're around, certainly visit the Drachenfels.

Okay, it's only a mountain if you're a lowlander like me (it reaches 321 metres), but even the Germans have decided it is part of the Seven Mountains (Siebengebirge) and on the day we went up that mountain we walked right into the clouds (which were of course hanging very low that day ...).

More importantly the Drachenfels in 1836 became the first natural reserve in the world, when the Prussian government bought the quarry on the mountain and ended its activities.

The Siebengebirge

The Siebengebirge

Official protection had to wait until 1922, but by then two poets had made the Drachenfels immortal: Lord Byron and Heinrich Heine. Lord Byron mentioned it in his Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Heinrich Heine made the mountain the subject of his Die Nacht auf dem Drachenfels.

And then there was Richard Wagner ... One of the legends surrounding the Drachenfels is that the dragon Fafnir lived in a cave on that hill and was killed there by Siegfried, who, bathing in its blood, became invulnerable (apart from one detail, that is). That was the reason the hill was called "Dragon's Rock" and also why in 1913 a Halle referring to that legend, the Nibelungenlied, was built on the hill. In that Nibelungenhalle you'll find paintings and statues referring to Richard Wagner's operas and a ... reptilarium.

The castle ruins in the mist ...

The castle ruins in the mist ...

Balmung (or Gram), Siegfried's sword, in the Nibelungenhalle

Balmung (or Gram), Siegfried's sword, in the Nibelungenhalle

The Nibelungenhalle

The Nibelungenhalle

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Buster Bruce 2 months ago

So now the Nibelungenhalle is a museum of sorts?  Nicely photographed

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Björn Roose Replied to Buster Bruce 2 months ago

Yeah, of sorts ... Something in the middle between a zoo and a hall of honour for Wagner smile

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Buster Bruce Replied to Björn Roose 2 months ago

+1

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Claresanaya Perez 2 months ago

Beautiful place

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Björn Roose Replied to Claresanaya Perez 2 months ago

It is indeed smile

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Russell Smith 2 months ago

Beautiful I love #1 and #2

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Björn Roose Replied to Russell Smith 2 months ago

Thanks, Russell smile

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Camellia Staab 2 months ago

#1 & # 2 are beautifully captured.

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months ago

Thanks, Camellia smile

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Sherry Hill 2 months ago

interesting place.. first photo is gorgeous..

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Björn Roose Replied to Sherry Hill 2 months ago

Thanks, Sherry smile

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Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

I have been in a Drachenfels at Konigwinter. is it the same?

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Björn Roose Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

That is the one, yeah. Opposite Bonn.

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