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Drachenfels 1, 53639 Koenigswinter, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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All reviews castle ruins amazing views rhine valley cog railway nice walk half way sunny day the dragon from afar fairy tale castle taking the train beautiful period nice weather winding paths cup of coffee ruined castle short hike
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

I jogged up and down here on a warm day this summer. It’s a beautiful journey to the top, where a glorious ruin perches. You pass through lovely woodland along the way. If jogging, you’ll need 20-30 minutes to get up, and 10-15 to get...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JN W
Reviewed August 28, 2018

There are two things you'd want to visit in this area: - Drachenfels, which is a fairy tale castle, where you can walk outside and inside. - Drachenburg, which is the ruins of an old castle on top of the mountain How to get there...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ira C
Reviewed August 23, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank luoning715
Reviewed August 6, 2018

I took the train up to the top, which has a nice view over the Rhine and with good eyes you can see Colgne. We took then a walk down to the castle. the castle is beautiful like so many of the German castle's. The...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Karo536
Reviewed July 29, 2018

I grew up in this area of Germany, and used to climb up the Drachenfels whenever I could throughout the years of my childhood here. My mother even walked up it shortly before I was born. I love it here. The voices of the ancient...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Jessica K
Reviewed July 28, 2018

This was the first excursion on our Rhine cruise, and we took the rack and pinion railway to the top. The remains of the castle are disappointing (if you are expecting a castle). A wall or two and remains of a tower. But the views...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 318barriel
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

This is not a tour. It took 4 hrs of travelling down the Rhine to get there an 3.5 hrs to get back. All the while sitting on a dining chair which was very uncomfortable There is no commentary on the ship. There is also...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank vulict
Reviewed July 22, 2018

One of the most romantic views in Europe: Rhein, hills, medieval ruines... Wagner, Byron, many other romaticists, mostly Germans, but not only they, were impressed by hese views and, probably, began to think and to feel as romanticists )))

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Elena E
Reviewed July 19, 2018

Going to the top of the Drachenfels is recommendable, only for the view. You can either climbt the 300 m high rock or take the funicular up there (8 euro for adults, single or 10 euros up- and downhill). Because of the lack of time,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Paul B
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

Can be reached by walking or taking the train to the top, then it’s a short 5mins walk on an incline to reach the ruins. Great view points from the top. Restaurant and toilet facilities available at the base of ruins. No charge for entry...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Laura D
September 8, 2016|
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Response from ristomanx | Reviewed this property |
Hi Laura, The cog rail has only three stops, one at the top, one halfway next to the castle Drachenburg and one in Königswinter. The nearest railway station is Königswinter Bf. The nearest subway/tram station is called... More
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MadhavReddyB
August 6, 2016|
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Response from M O | Reviewed this property |
Take the regional express train to Koenigswinter, then follow the tourist trail(and the donkeys).
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juliaandadam123
Ashford, United Kingdom
Drachenfels (2 Replies)
How easily accessible is the Drachenfels railway without a car please? Thanks
July 07, 2018|
Response fromOli-6|
The Drachenfels tramway is a 10 minutes walk from Königswinter train station, so pretty easy to reach.
Sagarrrr
Muenster, Germany
North rhine westphalia (NRW) (0 Replies)
i am a phd student in university of muenster. So I have a semester ticket which allows me free public transport travel in NRW. I am in love with small old exotic villages which I can travel on weekends. I would love something like Drachenfels which I have already visited in Koningswinter. I am searching for something similar which has ample nature views or scenic beauty and old villages. I am planning to eventually do a camping trip in Eiffel national park but only when weather is good. But...More
June 09, 2013|
Cologne-St. Goar/Rheinfels Castle-Bacharach-Cologne(6-9 hrs) (4 Replies)
Dear All, I am now in Cologne and wonder I could do the above within 10 hours maximum ? I will like to take the boat between Koblenz & Bacharach or just between St Goar and Bacharah if it could save me more time and walk around these places with a castle visit. How will you suggest that I should do it and if possible finishing earlier, I will like to visit Drachenfels too on the way back to Cologne, is it possible ? Thank you.
May 01, 2016|
Response fromdetbo|
I would take the train straight to Bacharach. Spend some time in Bacharach and then continue by train to Bingen Stadt. Take the boat to St. Goar and see Burg Rheinfels. Train back to Cologne. If you feel you do not have enough time, start your cruise in Bacharach, but Bingen to Bacharach is very nice too. Hard to tell if you will have enough time for the Drachenfels as the Drachenfels railway only runs until 7 p.m.