If you're as much into regionality and discovering the ourdoors as we are, then here are some ultimate hiking tips for you.
At our restaurant you can leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind for a second and get inspired by the beauty of the Siebengebirge. The Rhenish splendour can be explored and admired along the hiking trails to the right and left. With more than 50 mountains and hills, the Siebengebirge is one of the oldest nature parks in Germany.
Let’s go on a walk through the Seven Hills:
Ambitious hikers will probably prefer this hill: the Ölberg - at 461 metres, the highest mountain in the nature park. The path takes you past an enchanted basalt quarry with a lake - not an easy hik - but definitely rewarding. On a clear day, you can enjoy a panaoroma from the Cologne Cathedral all the way up to the Taunus Mountains. To enjoy this great view, we recommend that you park your car at the Margarethenhöhe parking lot. You can decide to hike directly to the large Ölberg with a steep ascent or walk around the Ölberg along the waterfall. No matter which exciting route you choose, there is plenty to see.
Fun Fact: Before the 17th century, the Ölberg was once called 'Mohlberg'. Thanks to the Rhenish dialect, prepositions were often used, which is why people used to say: "We’ll walk up the Mohlberg." Over time, the initial letter M was swallowed up and the name Ohlberg became established. The name has changed frequently over time, but finally the name Ölberg was chosen.
The second highest mountain is the Löwenburg and covers 455 metres of the Siebengebirge. This excursion is ideal for day trips of around 5 km. The starting point is the beautiful, small timbered village of Rhöndorf. This mountain is famous for its exciting forest trails. The highlight of the mountain trail is clearly the medieval castle ruins at the summit, which are still accessible. From here you have a great view of the Rhine Valley and Bonn.
The Lohrberg is a lesser-known excursion spot and is known for its tranquillity and lake view. Surrounded by Löwenburg and Ölberg, the Lohrberg enchants the hearts of hikers with its very own charm. On the summit of the 435-metre-high mountain, there is a circular trail and offers a fantastic 360-degree view. With a good seleciton of different trails, you have your peace and quiet here and can escape the tourist crowds.
The elongated Nonnenstromberg seems rather unpretentious, but it is home to some beautiful mixed beech forest. This is nature at ist finest, as forestry and agricultural operations are nowhere to be found.
Fun Fact: The name of the mountain sounds confusing at first, but it has a rational explanation. It is not as high as the Petersberg mountain, which was called 'Stromberg' in medieval times. Therefore, Nonnenstromberg, which could be translated to 'lower Stromberg', makes perfect sense.
A hike up the Petersberg is always a good idea. With its 335 metres, it is a rather small mountain, but a 5-star luxury hotel awaits you at the summit. With its proximity to the Rhine, it offers a fantastic view over Bonn and the city districts to the south. Already in the 19th century the hill was home to a hotel. After extensive renovation work, the grand hotel now serves as a guesthouse for the Federal Republic of Germany. The perfect place to enjoy some breathtaking sunsets.
Fun Fact: The Petersberg ist he younges hill of the Siebengebirge with the last volcanic activity millions of years ago.
Probably the best known mountain in the Siebengebirge is the Drachenfels, located between Königswinter and Bad Honnef. At just 321 metres, it is not the highest mountain, the mountain has a romantic charm. The ruins at the top serve as a great spot for a romantic picknick. You will find both steep and paved paths on the way to the ruins. For a more relaxed experience, a railway runs from Königswinter up to the Drachenfels, so everyone can enjoy a great view of the Siebengebirge.
Fun Fact: The rock was formed by rising magma. The rock trachyte was already used in many ways by the Romans. Most recently, trachyte from the Drachenfelsen was used for the construction of the Cologne Cathedral in the Middle Ages.
The Wolkenburg is often surrounded by clouds, hence the name. The rather smaller mountain - at 324 metres - is connected to the Drachenfels. For hikers who want an easy climb but still want to enjoy a breathtaking view, this mountain is perfect. You may still see remnants of the quarry on your ascent. It is said that the Wolkenbrug was once the highest mountain of this range, but it lost its shape due to erosion.
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At Seven Hills Restaurant, local ingredients are not ony used by our kitchen crew, but also by our skilled bar team. Within 60 km from the hotel, we have discovered some true artisans. There are various local spirits and wines that you can try in our hotel bar. We have also found a great gin that is distilled in close proximity to Seven Hills. In in cooperation with the talented „Klefischer“ we designed a special edition bottle of gin that can be tasted at our restaurant.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Our aim to provide a local experience at Seven Hills goes beyond our kitchen and culinary highlights. We have created a restaurant that will inspire and showcase the beauty of the Seven Hills region.