Drachenfels
Drachenfels
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StevenKolsteren
Groningen, The Netherlands190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The ruins of the castle Drachenfels are the summum of Romanticism, quite rightly enjoyed by many before. The views of the Rhine are outstanding. Because it has been a popular attraction from the last century, it is well known and well visited. The Drahenfelsbahn (train) takes you to a first platform with restaurant etc, but you will have to climb a little bit further to the actual ruins themselves.
Written August 12, 2020
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
Visiting Drachenfels is a must if you are in the area of Cologne or Bonn. You can arrive at Königswinter by public transport but we went by car on a hot Saturday and it was also not a problem to find a parking spot. The hiking trail inside the forest is really beautiful and relaxing. The trees provide a lot of shade so we were not so tired despite the temperatures of around 25 degrees. Also the hike was not so steep, it was ok and conditions of the trail are pretty good. The views from the top are amazing, there is some kind of platform and also restaurants and ice creams places. We did not go inside the castle Drachenburg as it costed 5 euro for students.
Written May 22, 2020
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Luc H
Oberkochen, Germany523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Taking the old cog train up the hill to see the view from the top is a great day out. A great restaurant on top of the mountain caters for all. Walking down the hill to see the mansion that was completed in just 2 years is also stunning.
Written August 25, 2020
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Lazyism
Antwerp, Belgium149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The hike is doable and not that long. It's not necessary to take the expensive train (unless you have serious conditions). We even saw families pushing strollers up the hill. At the top you could see the ruins and the nice view over Drachenfels. There's a parking lot at the bottom of the hill for only 2 euro (3 hours).
Written August 1, 2020
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Thomas A
Munich, Germany65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is a bit of a hike, especially if you've just toured the Schloss below, but it's worth it. There are toilets and seating, and a restaurant to recover at when you get to the top. You can use the funicular if you prefer, but the walk is a lot more fun. The very top of the hill is crowned with the ruins of the medieval "dragon castle" and is very romantic, with the amazing views. A really good walk, and definitely worth the effort to get to the top.
Written July 15, 2021
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Jay J
Florida92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Hiked up instead of taking the funicular, so I could indulge in a pastry. Well worth worth the time and the views are rewarding. I took the train to Konigswinter from Cologne in the morning so had plenty of time for browsing the antique shops and cafes and seeing the very pretty historic downtown, and just by luck saw that I was in time for an afternoon boat tour to Linz and back, so I had my pastry on board while enjoying the river and the castle views. Perfect day trip from Cologne and was back by 5.
Written September 12, 2022
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Ays Espiritu
Bonn, Germany375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is one of the mountains or hills of the Siebengebirge. Probably the most famous as it has the ruins on top and the Schloss Drachenburg among other attractions.

It is a walking distance from the train stations of Königswinter. Parking spaces are also available nearby the foot of the hill.

You can either hike up, ride a donkey or take the train to reach the top. Hiking up will offer you lovely views while the train is also a nice experience as this is one of the oldest trains of its kind.

The ruins on top offers a very lovely view of the Rhein and nearby towns. There is also a restaurant and souvenir shop on top.

Even if you are taking the train, it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes and to be careful while walking as some paths especially the one leading to the tower ruins can be slippery.
Written July 8, 2020
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Harrison F. Carter
Auckland, New Zealand12,830 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
A really nice day out... and the ascent is only a short easy walk from the train station. Having nice weather certainly added to the enjoyment of the day. It is worth sticking to the main trail on the way up, to get a view of the castle, but then wandering down a different way to get a really nice alternative view of the castle.
Written June 4, 2022
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smileme2you
Aberdeen, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2011
My husband an I caught a morning train from Cologne and headed for Konigswinter. It took about 35 mins. On getting out of the train head left, walk along the length of the railway line to a level crossing (about 7 mins) turn left again and head toward the steep path and there you will find the cog railway which will take you up to the top of the Drachenfels. It is a fun experience and as the previous reviewer said I can imagine it has not changed in years.

We walked half way down on th epath furthest from the train stop and were graced with views for the Rhine valley and the palaces on the hills.

Konigswinter can easily while away your afternoon however we caught the train one stop back toward Cologne and got off at Niederdollendorf and got the ferry across the Rhine (1 Euro and no more that 5 minutes). From the opposite bank there is a map which clearly identifies the train station just under a mile in land. (It is an easy straight walk to the station and from there a short ride to Bonn!

The return train from Bonn to Cologne takes a very short time.

There you have it! An excellent day trip out from Colonge! ENJOY!!
Written March 22, 2011
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luoning715
Geneva, Switzerland129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
The castle is really nice inside out. From every room you have a great view. Nicely decorated. Full of light.
from the terrace you have a great view over the rhine river and you can even see Cologne from afar.
A little tip when you come by car. If you want to find the closest parking, enter in you GPS
Lemmerzbad Carpark off the Oberweingartenweg. It is free, and there is a pleasant 10 to 15 minutes walk to the castle
Written August 23, 2018
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