cog railwaySeveral legends surround the Drachenfels, most famously that of  Siegfried – the hero of the Nibelungenlied – killed the dragon Fafnir, who lived in a cave in the hill, then bathed in its blood to become invulnerable. Hence, the hill is named the "Dragon's Rock",Drachenfels. (source: Wikipedia)


Today you can take a cog railway, horse drawn cart or walk up to the ruins of the castle for spectacular views of the Rhine.  There is also a restored castle, Drachenburg, halfway up.  Tours are in German, but group tours in other languages can be  arranged.

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