Explore Koenigswinter: its forests, castle, cathedral, and more!

Explore the rambling streets of Koenigswinter in the Rhine Valley and learn about the legend of the dragon that resided in the mountain on the city’s southern edge. A ruined 12th-century castle stands sentry over the city and gives the banks of the Rhine a dramatic backdrop. Take the old-fashioned train to the Drachenburg (Dragon Mountain) and explore the bordering forests.

Get acquainted with Koenigswinter’s captivating streetscapes by strolling around the town center. This jewel of the Rhein-Sieg district has a long history as a summer resort and has some fine examples of 19th-century architecture. Examine the imposing façade of St. Remigius Church and the Koenigswinter Town Hall. Go for a walk along the banks of the Rhine River and admire the pretty riverfront resort villas. Visit the Siebengebirgsmuseum to learn about the region’s heritage. Kids will enjoy the Sea Life Aquarium, which has a wide array of aquatic critters.

You’ll be transported to medieval North Rhine-Westphalia when you see the 12th-century castle ruins on top of Drachenburg. Make the journey to the summit via the 19th-century cogwheel Drachenfels Railway. Admire the sweeping views across the historic city, which entranced writers such as Lord Byron. You’ll see pine-studded hillsides dropping into the Rhine Valley as you rise toward the mountaintop. On the north side of the mountain, see the 19th-century Drachenburg Palace.

The forests of the Siebengebirge hills are wonderful for a sunny day of exploring. Bring a picnic and head to the Margarethenhöhe or check out the views of the forests’ highest hilltop, Ölberg. Wander to the ruined castles of Löwenberg. There are traditional pubs and restaurants serving up hearty German fare in and around the parkland.

Koenigswinter is situated a short distance southeast of Cologne. The resort town can be reached within 40 minutes by car or train from the region’s major city. Bonn and Siegburg also have easy connections to Koenigswinter. Visit in summer for a getaway by the Rhine River or in winter to see the dramatic hillsides shrouded in mist.

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Forests, Castles and Mountains

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Where to stay in Koenigswinter

Rhein-Sieg-Kreis District
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Rhein-Sieg-Kreis District

While you're in Rhein-Sieg-Kreis District, take in top sights like Drachenburg Palace or Schloss Drachenburg, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Sankt Augustin Markt Tram Stop or Sankt Augustin Kloster Tram Stop.

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Top Hotels in Koenigswinter

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg
5 out of 5
Petersberg, Koenigswinter, NW
$96/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.4/5Wonderful! (175 reviews)

Located in Rhein-Sieg-Kreis District, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Siebengebirgsmuseum, Sea Life Koenigswinter, and Reptilien-Zoo. Drachenburg ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (175 reviews)

"The place sits on a mountain which overlooks the city, it’s absolutely gorgeous."…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2019

Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg
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Maritim Hotel Königswinter
4.5 out of 5
Rheinallee 3, Koenigswinter, NW
$87/night
Aug 30 - Aug 31
4.4/5Excellent! (81 reviews)

Located in Rhein-Sieg-Kreis District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sea Life Koenigswinter and Siebengebirgsmuseum. Reptilien-Zoo and Drachenburg ...

4.4/5Excellent! (81 reviews)

"Perfect location, big room, view of the river from the room, great facilities!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2019

Maritim Hotel Königswinter
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Baynunah Hotel Drachenfels
3 out of 5
Rheinallee 9, Koenigswinter, NW
$97/night
Sep 5 - Sep 6
3.6/5Good! (83 reviews)

Located in Rhein-Sieg-Kreis District, this hotel is steps from Sea Life Koenigswinter and Siebengebirgsmuseum. Reptilien-Zoo and Drachenburg Palace are also ...

3.6/5Good! (83 reviews)
Convenient, Comfortable Beds, Good Breakfast

"Pros: The location was nice, very close to Drachenfelsbahn (the rack railway train used to access to Schloss Drachenburg and Drachenfels). The beds were comfortable, the breakfast was great. Cons: The staff wasn't terribly friendly. The parking was inconvenient, I ended up having to park offsite ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

Baynunah Hotel Drachenfels

Popular things to do in Koenigswinter

Drachenburg Palace
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Drachenburg Palace

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Drachenburg Palace in Koenigswinter. Wander around the forests or experience the area's museums.

Cologne Cathedral
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Cologne Cathedral

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

Alter Markt
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Alter Markt

The city’s former marketplace is now a lively spot known for its café culture and carnivals.

City Hall
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City Hall

Over 900 years of history are built into the stones of Cologne’s governmental buildings, where structures from throughout the centuries form one stunning landmark.

Romano-Germanic Museum
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Romano-Germanic Museum

Uncover a fascinating world of Roman artifacts in this archaeological museum dedicated to the Roman settlement upon which Cologne was built.

Great St. Martin Church
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Great St. Martin Church

Check out the Romanesque architecture of the church and former Benedictine abbey that has defined Cologne’s Old Town skyline since medieval times.

Top activities in Koenigswinter

Hard Rock Cafe Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Dining with Priority Seating

$23

Feel like a rock star as you jump to the front of the line for an upbeat, modern experience among the Gothic buildings of Cologne's historic, Roman center. This hotspot houses rare pieces of authentic music memorabilia—including Eric Clapton's guitar and a vest signed by Bruce Springsteen.

Rhine Panorama Cruise & Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass
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Rhine Panorama Cruise & Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass

$27

Take advantage of this combination of a 1-hour sightseeing cruise on the Rhine and a 2-day hop-on hop-off bus pass to explore Cologne at your leisure. Visit every attraction on your sightseeing list and enjoy excellent views of the ancient Roman city from the boat.

KölnCard - City Pass
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KölnCard - City Pass

$10

A must-have while in Cologne, the KölnCard gives you freedom to explore the city at your leisure for 24 or 48 hours. Public transport and a handy booklet with map are also thrown in to make your stay even more enjoyable.

Cologne & Monschau
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Cologne & Monschau

$72

After a drive to the German border we reach of the Eifel mountain region with its the beautiful landscapeand make a first stop at historic Monschau, the “Pearl of the Eifel”.

Cologne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine River
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Cologne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine River

$12

One of Europe’s most appealing skylines appears on the horizon as you cruise the Rhine River in Cologne aboard a spacious vessel. Admire sights such as the mighty Cologne Cathedral and the leafy riverbanks, and listen to engaging and informative stories about the city on your headset.

Gintasting in Bonn (45 min)
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Gintasting in Bonn (45 min)

$51

Visit: CanCun Story, Clemens-August-Straße 2-4, 53115 Bonn, Germany Gintasting 45 min in Bonn