Königswinter

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Königswinter
Front of St. Remigius (2009)
Front of St. Remigius (2009)
Coat of arms of Königswinter
Coat of arms
Königswinter is located in Germany
Königswinter
Königswinter
Coordinates: 50°40′25″N 7°11′41″E / 50.67361°N 7.19472°E / 50.67361; 7.19472Coordinates: 50°40′25″N 7°11′41″E / 50.67361°N 7.19472°E / 50.67361; 7.19472
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Köln
District Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
Government
 • Mayor Peter Wirtz (CDU)
Area
 • Total 76.19 km2 (29.42 sq mi)
Elevation 51 - 460 m (−1,458 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 39,908
 • Density 520/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 53639
Dialling codes 02223, 02244
Vehicle registration SU
Website www.koenigswinter.de

Königswinter is a city and summer resort in the Rhein-Sieg district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Königswinter is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, opposite Bad Godesberg, at the foot of the Siebengebirge. It covers an area of 76.19 square kilometres which makes it the fourth-largest conurbation in the Rhein-Sieg district. It contains over 80 townships and boroughs, divided over the municipal districts of Stieldorf, Niederdollendorf, Oberdollendorf, Heisterbacherrott, Ittenbach, Oberpleis, Eudenbach, Thomasberg and Königswinter proper.

Main sights[edit]

Drachenfels[edit]

The romantic Drachenfels, crowned by the ruins of a castle built in the early 12th century by the archbishop of Cologne, rises behind the town. From the summit, which can be accessed by the Drachenfels Railway, there is a magnificent view, celebrated by Lord Byron in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.

A cave in the hill is said to have sheltered the dragon (German: Drachen) which was slain by the hero Siegfried. The mountain is quarried, and from 1267 onward supplied stone (trachyte) for the building of Cologne Cathedral. The Schloss Drachenburg, built in 1883, is on the north side of the hill.

Petersberg and Heisterbach[edit]

The Petersberg mountain also overlooks Königswinter. This was formerly the home of an Augustinian and, later, Cistercian monastery. Around 1195 the monks moved to the foot of the mountain and founded the Abbey of Heisterbach, which was destroyed in 1803. The ruins can still be seen.

Today the peak of the Petersberg is occupied by the Hotel Petersberg, a grand hotel which serves as a guest house for the German Government. Many world leaders have stayed there, and conferences are regularly held. Like the Drachenfels, the Petersberg was once served by its own railway, the Petersberg Railway, but this closed in 1958 and the hotel is now reached by road or helicopter.

The town[edit]

Königswinter has a Catholic (St. Remigius) and an Evangelical church, some small manufactures and a little shipping. It has a monument to the poet Wolfgang Müller.

Transport[edit]

The town is served by Königswinter and Niederdollendorf stations on the Rhine East Bank Railway between Cologne and Wiesbaden, as well as by several stops on line 66 of the Bonn Stadtbahn, which takes a different route through the town. The tourist oriented Drachenfels Railway does not connect directly with either of these lines, but instead relies on a steam-outline road train for connection to the town centre and stations.[2]

Several ferries cross the Rhine between Königswinter and the west bank.

International relations[edit]

Königswinter is twinned with:

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 31 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Drachenfelsbahn Königswinter". Drachenfelsbahn Königswinter. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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