Konigswinter (Germany)

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Konigswinter cruise port

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19:11 14 Nov 2018

50.68098 N, 7.19204 E

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Konigswinter is a city and summer resort in Rhein-Sieg district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of Rhine River, opposite Bad Godesberg, at the foot of Siebengebirge. It covers an area of 76 km2 (29 ml2) which makes it the 4th-largest conurbation in Rhein-Sieg district. Konigswinter contains more than 80 townships and boroughs. In 2015 Konigswinter had a population of 40,700 people.

Drachenfels rises behind the town. it is crowned by the ruins of a castle built in early 12th century by the archbishop of Cologne. From the summit, accessed by Drachenfels Railway, there is a superb view, celebrated by Lord Byron in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. The cave in the hill is said to have sheltered the dragon, killed by the hero Siegfried. From 1267 onward the mountain supplied stone for the building of Cologne Cathedral. On the north side of the hill is Schloss Drachenburg, built in 1883.

Petersberg mountain also overlooks Konigswinter. Formerly, it was the home of an Augustinian and Cistercian monastery. Around 1195 the monks founded the Abbey of Heisterbach, destroyed in 1803. Its ruins can still be seen. The peak of the Petersberg is now occupied by Hotel Petersberg, which serves as a guest house for the German Government. As the Petersberg Railway closed in 1958, the hotel is today reached by road or helicopter.

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