The second day of our German visit started with a good breakfast and a long train ride to Königswinter which is most known for Drachenfels and Schloss Drachenburg. From the station, we went up to another rack railway station where a small carriage would bring us up to the top of the hill (or mountain, in my Belgium-is-so-flat point of view).
From the top, we had a breathtaking view of the Rhine landscape, with mountains (or hills, what ever), the river with tiny boats, the white facades of the houses across the river.
The stone of this mountain was used for building the Cologne Cathedral. At the very top, we found the ruins of Burg Drachenfels. After we took in the impressing view, we decided to go down by foot instead of taking the train again. Halfway down the mountain, there is Schloss Drachenburg, which we really wanted to see. The train stops there as well, but we wanted to be sportive. 😀 The nature on the mountain was gorgeous, so we definitely enjoyed our sportive route.
The villa looked promising when we saw it halfway through our stroll. It was apparently built for some Baron, who planned to live there but never did in the end. The interior of the building was fascinating, but my camera had trouble with the lighting so I have only a few photos.
From the Schloss, we still had a long way to go to get to the foot of the hill again. The second part of our walk was more steep than the first part, and I’m sure we burned quite some calories that day. But then we ate luxurious ice cream, so all our efforts came down to nothing in the end. 😛
We returned to the station and took the train to Bonn the last stop on our visit. Another religious visit, because that’s always part of traveling in Europe, isn’t it. This time: the Bonn Minster.
The rest of the day we walked around the city, tried the real currywurst and enjoyed the nice weather.
The next morning it was time for us to leave. Our friend accompanied us all the way to Cologne, where we said our goodbyes and were off to our dear little Belgium again. It was a nice trip, especially for my first visit to Germany.