Schloss Drachenburg, aka Dragon Castle, is a private castle that was constructed in the 19th Century. This glorious castle is located in the Drachenfels hill in Königswinter. Königswinter is a lovely town which is very close to Bonn! This medieval/gothic looking castle got its name from a Norse myth! According to the myth, Siegfried slayed a dragon just a little farther up the mountain! The Dragon castle's history might not be very old but it's definitely very rich! Through times, the castle has been used as a Catholic boarding school, an Adolf Hitler college, a US army base, a railway college, a home for war refugees, a museum and much more! This castle was built by Leo von Abbema, Bernhard Tüshaus and Ernst Friedrich Zwirner. The castle was first built as a villa/mansion/castle for Sarter but in fact, he never lived there. I don't want to bore you with all the historical details but you have to know that this castle has so many owners. The Dragon castle was damaged heavily during the Nazi era and the reconstruction of the castle took years. In 2010, the renovation inside the castle was completed and all the rooms again were made accessible to visitors. The restoration of the landscape park was finished in 2011 and today, we can enjoy every single detail of this castle.
If you want a tour to learn about the story of Schloss Drachenburg, you can sign up for it in the reception area. You can have a classic tour given in 6 languages; English, French, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Spanish. There are several tours from 45 minutes to 120 minutes but I have to warn you that you probably require a strong budget to attend them. The tickets to them vary from 85 euros up to 210 euros! Instead, if you want to check out the castle on your own, the entrance fee is 7 euros for adults and 5 euros for children. With the entry ticket, you can check out the historical rooms of the noble level, the parkland, the permanent exhibitions of the castle history and restoration, the North Tower and the Vorburg with its Museum of the History of Nature Conservation!
My favourite part of this castle is the gorgeous Venus terrace with its historical fountain, its lime trees, its lawn with rose bushes and its cone-shaped flowerbed. You also have to check out the art gallery, the Residential Wing with its mural paintings, panels, floors and opulent ceilings and of course Vorburg. Vorburg, or the Front Building, is used as a museum, a forum and archive for the history of nature conservation in Germany! You can also enjoy its bistro and castle shop in here!
Bonn is one of the most cultural cities in Germany as well as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven! It also offers fantastic beer gardens and lovely cafes. You can reach the city from Cologne-Bonn airport or simply and traditionally by train. The city center is not very big so you can get to see many places on foot. To get a little bit insight of the city, you have to check the Münsterplatz where the famous Münster Basilica stands gracefully. This gothic church is open from 7 am till 7 pm and it is in the city center. On the same square where the church stands, you can also take a picture with the Beethoven Monument!
The world's greatest composer, Beethoven, was born in this cute town in 1770 and today his house is used as a museum. In this museum you can find his letters, notes, paintings, instruments and even his hair. :D And don't forget to buy a souvenir from the gift shop!
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