The Siebengebirge is a German
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 range of hills to the East of the Rhine, southeast of Bonn
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, consisting of more than 40 mountains and hills. It is located in the municipalities of Bad Honnef
Bad Honnef
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 and Königswinter
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. It is of volcanic
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 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 protection.

The highest peak is the Ölberg at 460 metres. It is a popular tourist
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 destination for 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:
  • Großer Ölberg (460 m)
  • Löwenburg (455 m)
  • Lohrberg (435 m)
  • Nonnenstromberg (335m)
  • Petersberg
    Hotel Petersberg
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     (331 m, Former name: Stromberg)
  • Wolkenburg (324 m)
  • Drachenfels
    Drachenfels (Siebengebirge)
    The Drachenfels is a mountain in the Siebengebirge mountain range near Bonn, Germany. The ruined castle atop the mountain bears the same name...

     (321 m)

Other mountains and hills:
  • Himmerich (366 m)
  • Trenkeberg (430 m)
  • Weilberg (297 m)
  • Stenzelberg (287 m)
  • 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 (332 m)
  • Limperichsberg
  • Scharfenberg
  • Zickelburg (182 m)

Origin of the name

The origin of the name Siebengebirge is disputed. Four theories exist:
  1. The word sieben is derived from the word siefen, which denotes a wet, creek-nerved valley.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 bad.
  4. The most common, yet wrong interpretation is that the word specifies the seven major mountains.

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