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  • Writer's pictureMaddie

Have you heard of Berg Drachenfels?

Updated: Jul 1

One popular derivation for the name comes from the legend of a dragon that is said to have lived on the mountain! Probably untrue but STILL such a fun visit regardless.

Visiting the Castle:

Opening Hours:

01.01. - 06.01. daily 12:00 - 17:00 hrs

07.01. - 03.03. Sat.-Sun. 12:00 - 17:00 hrs

04.03. - 01.10. daily 11:00 - 18:00 hrs

02.10. - 09.10. closed

10.10. - 01.11. daily 11:00 - 18:00 hrs

02.11. - 30.12. daily 12:00 - 17:00 hrs

Advent Sat.-Sun. (planned)

24.12. closed

31.12. closed Animals are not allowed inside the castle.

Admission Prices 2023 Adults 8,00 Euro Children 6,00 Euro Family ticket **18,00 Euro

Parking is available but limited and there is a fee.

Best time to visit and holidays:

Hiking is available all year long in this area and seeing the grounds at different seasons I'm sure would be incredible! Of course in the off-season be sure to watch the weather and dress appropriately.

Options for getting to the top:

The distance from Königswinter to the stone viewing platform on the Drachenfels is 1.5 kilometers. From the Valley Station ("Talstation") of the Drachenfels Railway, the Eselweg leads you past the Niebelung Hall and the Vorburg up to the Castle Portal. Taking it easy, you will need about 30 minutes.

The Drachenfelsbahn trains leave the valley station every 30 minutes on the hour or half hour, and 15 minutes later from the mountain station. This is a fun way to enjoy Germany's longest-serving cog railway to the Drachenfels.

Another option is to take a ride on the locomotive is now in regular use again and will take you for a city tour through Königswinter from the market square to the valley station and back. The locomobile runs as scheduled Tuesdays to Sundays (Monday to Sunday during the NRW holidays) between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every hour and, if there is a large rush, every half hour. Deviations from this will be announced by the on-site indicators. Tickets are available from the drivers for €5.

The Drachenfelsbahn is Germany’s oldest cog railway, making it a fun and historical way to reach the top of the Drachenfels.

Looking to add more to your travel day? Bonn, Germany is just a quick less than 30-minute drive away!

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