(lit. "seven mountains" in
German) is a German range of
hills to the East of the Rhine, southeast
of Bonn, consisting of more than 40 mountains and
hills. It is located in the municipalities of
Honnef and Königswinter.
It is of volcanic
origin and came into being between 28 and 15 million years ago.
Much of the territory covered by the Siebengebirge belongs to the
Naturpark Siebengebirge, which is under environmental
The highest peak is the Oelberg at 460 metres
It is a popular tourist
hiking, because of its natural beauty. Large parts of the range are
part of the Siebengebirge nature reserve and are subject to
environmental protection regulations.
The Siebengebirge mountains
The seven most important hills:
Other mountains and hills:
- Großer Ölberg (Large Mount of Olives, 460 m)
- Löwenburg (455 m)
- Lohrberg (435 m)
- Nonnenstromberg (335m)
- Petersberg (331 m, Former name: Stromberg
- Wolkenburg (324 m)
- Drachenfels (321 m)
- Himmerich (366 m)
- Trenkeberg (430 m)
- Weilberg (297 m)
- Stenzelberg (well suited for climbing,
- Broderkonsberg (378 m)
- Mittelberg (353 m)
- Leyberg (359 m)
- Jungfernhardt (320 m)
- Geisberg (324 m)
- Schallenberg (310 m)
- Großer Breiberg (313 m)
- Kleiner Breiberg (288 m)
- Wasserfall (338 m)
- Kleiner Ölberg (Small Mount of Olives, 332 m)
- Zickelburg (182 m)
Origin of the name
The origin of the name Siebengebirge
is disputed. Four
- The word sieben is derived from the word
siefen, which denotes a wet, creek-nerved valley.
- The oldest name (Moller, 1590) wasn't Siebengebirge,
but Sieben Berge (septem montes, seven hills).
Depending on the viewpoint near the river Rhine, one notices almost
exactly seven mountains, which are not always the same and not even
the highest. Also, the number seven used to
denote an arbitrary amount of items, was connected to magic and
thus had a highly symbolic meaning. This makes it an obvious name
for an area that was said to be sinister and impenetrable before
the 19th century.
- The name Siebengebirge emerged from the word
Siedengebirge which indicated the presence of soap boilers
("Siefensieder"), who were banned from the valleys because boiling
soap smelled so badly.
- The most common, yet wrong interpretation is that the word
specifies the seven major mountains.