The Railway Station “You are entering historic ground!”
It’s not a sign but the old, newly restored steam locomotive manufactured in 1927 which greets the visitors in front of the entrance. Marvel at it, feel it – this old iron is history to touch.
Indoors, the track area – the heart of the station – is dominated by the elaborately restored quarry stone wall. From here, all ground floor sections of the valley station – from the station concourse to the workshop – are visible through glass partitions.
With this open view, architect Michael C. Deisenroth’s vision of a “workshop with glass gates” has come true.
In addition, historic advertising placards contrast pleasantly with modern marketing activities of local companies. They remind of Ferdinand Mülhens, the former owner and benefactor of the “Bergbahnen im Siebengebirge AG” which is still in the hands of the family today.
The Station Concourse
The station concourse is both, museum and info point. In addition to presenting many exhibits on the “Seven Hills”, it makes the history of the Drachenfelsbahn come alive.
Motion pictures, original items from the store of the railway workshop and remnants from over 100 years’ service of the cog railway tell of the Siebengebirge and the Drachenfelsbahn then and now.
The offices, accommodation services and tourist information of the Tourismus Siebengebirge GmbH (Tourism Seven Hills Ltd.) are located in the station concourse and its extension. Here, the visitor will also find a small bistro.
The Upper Floor
1925: The Drachenfels is lined with vineyards. The cog railway passes the Drachenburg (the Dragon’s Castle), the castle bailey and the castle courtyard.
It’s not a picture telling of this old story, but an authentic model with a size of about ten to three metres which makes not only the children’s eyes sparkle.
Info points on a variety of interesting topics relating to the Siebengebirge and the Drachenfels demonstrate the diversity of this unique region.
The “Drachenfels Tourismus-Bahnhof” – here, waiting is fun.
From the middle station you have access to the "Schloss Drachenburg" and the "Nibelungenhalle".
Schloss Drachenburg gGmbH
Drachenfelsstraße 118 | 53639 Königswinter
Tel .: 02223.901970 | Fax: 02223.9019778
"Schloss Drachenburg", built in 1882-84, is the youngest of the castles and palaces on the Middle Rhine.
The interior is exceptionally grand. After its extensive restoration, visitors can experience home decor of the late 19th century in the remodeled rooms. The large landscaped park invites you to linger and stroll. In exhibitions on the varied castle history and the restoration measures, the history of the castle comes to life.
A visit to the Museum of the History of Nature Conservation in the outer bailey completes the visit.
"Nibelungenhalle" and reptile zoo
Nibelungenhalle | Drachenfelsstraße 107 | 53639 Königswinter
Tel .: 02223.24150 | Fax: 02223.908493
If you go down from the Drachenfels into the valley - the legend of Siegfried and the dragon still in your ear and also inspired by the romantic forest path under dark trees - you may already think about what may have already lived in these forests.
In this 'dragon mood' awaits the Nibelungenhalle with a 40-meter-long dragon cave, at the end of a 13 -meter stone dragon waiting.
The descendants of these dinosaurs can be seen next door in the reptile zoo, which is one of the largest private zoos of this species in Germany with about 100 live animals. Anyone who prefers to encounter the saga art historically should refer to the Nibelungenhalle, which retells Wagner's 'Ring des Nibelungen' in the dome building completed in 1913 with large-format murals.
From the Drachenfels Plateau you have access to the Drachenfels Restaurant and the Drachenfels ruin, or simply enjoy the great views ...
Today, the plateau shines in new splendor and the panoramic terrace with seating offers an unobstructed and wide view to Unkel and the Rolandsbogen on the opposite Rhine slope. And if the weather does not play along, visitors can enjoy the view from the glass cube and let the Rhine landscape take their toll.
Drachenfels. Restaurant & Eventlocation
On the Drachenfels | 53639 Königswinter
Telephone Restaurant: 02223.2969913
Drachenfels erleben ...
Bergbahnen im Siebengebirge AG
Tel: +49 (0) 22 23.9 20 90