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KoenigswinterGermany

At the foot of the famous Siebengebirge lies the beautiful city of Königswinter, the history of which is known well beyond the borders of North Rhine-Westphalia.

A city break to Königswinter is simply a must for anyone planning a mini break to the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis in North Rhine-Westphalia. The picturesque little town between Bonn and Bad Honnef lies directly on the River Rhine and offers a wonderful view of the Siebengebirge and Petersberg Mountains. According to legend, Königswinter's name originates from the time of Charlemagne. The city is first mentioned, however, in the year 1342. The woods surrounding the Siebengebirge, part of the oldest nature reserve in Germany, invite you to delve into nature.

In the Siebengebirgsmuseum, opened in 1939, visitors are treated to an extensive exhibition on the geology and history of the area. You can also learn a lot about the culture and traditions of the Siebengebirge in the Regional Museum. The town's large aquarium, Sea Life, sits on the promenade along the bank of the Rhine. Inside, over a space of 2000 or so square metres, there are more than 6000 different sea creatures in over 30 aquaria to admire. In the Sea Life Centre, there are also many different exhibitions to see, for example, Captain Nemo's Empire and the Nibelungen Treasure, where the fauna of the Middle Rhine is displayed.

Schloss Drachenburg, a listed building, sits enthroned on the Drachenfels and is the most beautiful castle on the Rhine. The corner stone of the neo-Romantic castle was laid in 1882. Nowadays the castle is often home to exhibitions. On the 321 metre-high Drachenfels you will also find the ruined castle of the same name, built in 1149. You can scale what is officially the most-climbed mountain in Europe either on foot or with the cogwheel railway, and enjoy the beautiful view from the top.

During your city break to Königswinter you should also take a look round the four most famous town quarters. Stieldorf lies just a few kilometres from Bonn and provides stunning rural scenery. Ittenbach is a well-known recreational area at the foot of the Großer Ölberg Mountain and lies right beside the Siebengebirge Nature Reserve. Oberpleis is one of Königswinter's oldest areas and is mentioned as early as 859. The Thomasberg Mountain was particularly known for basalt mining. Visitors can even take a look at an original cart from the former quarry there.

On a city trip to Königswinter you should also check out one of the town's many events. In addition to the Pfingsten celebrations at Pentecost, and the Wine and Harvest Festivals in September, a short trip to Königswinter in May is well worthwhile in order to see, proverbially speaking, the Rhine "in flames” due to an impressive fireworks show with music.

Top hotels in Koenigswinter

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Maritim Hotel Königswinter
Maritim Hotel Königswinter
4.5 out of 5
Rheinallee 3, Koenigswinter, NW
The price is £60 per night

Situated on the riverfront, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sea Life Koenigswinter and Siebengebirgsmuseum. Reptilien-Zoo and Schloss Drachenburg ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (145 reviews)

"Lovely hotel in a perfect position. I was amazed to see so many dogs at the hotel. What a great service."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Maritim Hotel Königswinter
Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg
Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg
5 out of 5
Petersberg, Koenigswinter, NW
The price is £128 per night

Situated in a regional park, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Siebengebirgsmuseum, Sea Life Koenigswinter and Reptilien-Zoo. Drachenburg Palace and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (201 reviews)
Great hotel stay overall, minor changes needed

"Amazing hotel overall. Beautifully renovated. Great views. Service could be better. Main issue that NEEDS to be addressed: hotel guests should be able to access the hotel late at night with their room card and not by tracking down someone at the reception to let them in! (Especially since the reception ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg
JUFA Hotel Königswinter/ Bonn
JUFA Hotel Königswinter/ Bonn
3.5 out of 5
Bergstrasse 115, Koenigswinter
The price is £73 per night

This family-friendly Koenigswinter hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Schloss Drachenburg, Dragon's Rock and Deutsches Museum Bonn. World Conference Center Bonn ...

4.2/5Very Good! (67 reviews)

"Interesting location, but more of a conference centre than a hotel. However the rooms were very clean and comfortable plus the breakfast was decent"…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2020

JUFA Hotel Königswinter/ Bonn

Popular places to visit in Koenigswinter

Dragon's Rock
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Dragon's Rock

4/5(2 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Koenigswinter when you stop by Dragon's Rock. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Schloss Drachenburg
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Schloss Drachenburg

You can find out about the history of Koenigswinter with a stop at Schloss Drachenburg. Wander around the forests or experience the area's museums.

Drachenburg Palace
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Drachenburg Palace

Find out about the history of Koenigswinter when you take a trip to Drachenburg Palace. Wander around the forests or experience the area's museums.

Heisterbach Abbey
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Heisterbach Abbey

You can find out about the history of Koenigswinter with a stop at Heisterbach Abbey. Wander the forests or discover the area's mountain views.

Cologne Cathedral
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Cologne Cathedral

4.5/5(229 reviews)

Marvel at the Gothic architecture and the shrine of the three wise men at one of the largest churches in the world.

LANXESS Arena
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LANXESS Arena

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Catch an event at LANXESS Arena during your trip to Cologne.Amble around this culturally rich area's riverfront or experience its fascinating museums.

Top things to do in Koenigswinter

1-Day Rhine River Cruise Pass
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1-Day Rhine River Cruise Pass

£30
Per adult
KölnCard - City Pass
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KölnCard - City Pass

76% of travellers recommend
£8
Per adult
Hard Rock Cafe Cologne Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Cologne Dining with Priority Seating

76% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult
Cologne Evening Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine River
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Cologne Evening Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine River

88% of travellers recommend
£16
Per adult
Cologne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine River
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Cologne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine River

86% of travellers recommend
£11
Per adult
Cologne Dinner Cruise with All-You-Can-Eat Buffet & Drinks
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Cologne Dinner Cruise with All-You-Can-Eat Buffet & Drinks

86% of travellers recommend
£62
Per adult

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24 Aug 2019

It is a very popular tourist area and as such dominated by hotels and cafes. Recommend walking up Draconsfel hill past Draconsburg castle to ruins from the hotel for great views (or queue for the cog railway)

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