Ladies and gentlemen,
Welcome to Koenigswinter, situated on the beautiful river Rhine. I am honoured that
Koenigswinter is going to host the 28th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Networks.
There has been a long history of our town: On the "Petersberg" you find traces of the
Stone Age – discoveries during excavation show a history of more than 6000 years.
Even the Romans had already quarried at the "Drachenfels" (dragon rock).
Many buildings reflect our past. One of the most famous sights, even well known
abroad, is the "Drachenfels". At the top of the rock you can visit the ruin of a castle
which was built in 1140. From here, fantastic views on Koenigswinter, the valley of
the Rhine and the islands Nonnenwerth and Grafenwerth are to explore. If the
weather permits, you can see the cathedral of Cologne that, by the way, was constructed
from stones quarried at the "Drachenfels".
I would like to invite you to trace back the political history of the FRG. After world
war 2, the hotel at the "Petersberg" was used as headquarters of the High Commission of
the Allies (Hohe Kommission der Alliierten) and then has become residence of
numerous heads of states. Today it is the official guest house of the FRG.
There are many other places with historical records, for example at Bad Honnef-
Rhoendorf where you can visit the house of Konrad Adenauer, first chancellor of the
FRG. It is a place that offers both a journey through time and German history in the
Traditions can be vividly experienced either during the annual "Drachenfest" when
"Jung Siegfried" challenges the dragon or during the wine festival that takes place in
the beginning of October.
In May, when Königswinter discovers the unique charm of red colour at night, everybody
knows it is time for "Rhein in Flammen" (Rhine in flames).
In addition to tourism, different branches and businesses find best locations and are
important economic factors. Large parts of the municipal area are farmland.
At the "Drachenfels" and in "Oberdollendorf" you find vineyards: That is where the
wine growing area on the Rhine begins. Nurseries of Koenigswinter have a good
reputation and are well-known, nationwide.
Since 1974, Koenigswinter has been successfully twinned to Cleethorpes, now North
East Lincolnshire on the east coast of Great Britain. In 1989, Koenigswinter established
another town twinning partnership with Cognac in south western France.
Cultural life in Koenigswinter is allocated great importance: A varied programme offers
all possibilities for relaxation, rest and diversion.
Koenigswinter gives you an excellent time. Enjoy your stay and come back, sooner or
later, to discover further our beautiful town.
I wish you a good time here and take your time to pause and breathe deeply.
Königswinter, July 2003