LCN 2003 Koenigswinter: A city, a river, a nature park

Tourism: In Koenigswinter since the late 18th century


Tourism started in the Koenigswinter area in the last decades of the 18th century with travelers from England following a route up the river Rhine. The romantic wave of the late 18th century had a strong impact on all kinds of art. This wave resulted in a glorification of the Siebengebirge in paintings, drawings and travel reports ... making the Siebengebirge one of the most popular tourist attractions of this time.

L'Ile de Nonnenwert, Rolandseck et Drachenfels
N. Chapuy / J. Jacottet, Paris ~ 1835, "L'Ile de Nonnenwert, Rolandseck et Drachenfels"
Siebengebirgsmuseum Königswinter


1818: Lord Byron's "The castled crag of Drachenfels"
The castled crag of Drachenfels
Frowns o'er the wide and winding Rhine,
Whose breast of waters broadly swells
Between the banks which bear the vine,
And hills all rich with blossom'd trees,
And fields which promise corn and wine,
And scatter'd cities crowning these,
Whose far white walls along them shine,
Have strew'd a scene, which I should see
With double joy wert thou with me.

And peasant girls with deep blue eyes,
And hands which offer early flowers,
Walk smiling o'er this paradise;
Above, the frequent feudal towers
Through green leaves lift their walls of grey,
And many a rock which steeply lowers,
And noble arch in proud decay,
Look o'er this vale of vintage-bowers;
Bur one thing want these banks of Rhine, -
Thy gentle hand to clasp in mine!
I send the lilies given to me;
Though long before thy hand they touch,
I know that they must wither'd be,
But yet reject them not as such;
For I have cherished them as dear,
Because they yet may meet thine eye,
And guide thy soul to mine even here,
When thou behold'st them drooping nigh,
And know'st them gathered by the Rhein,
And offered from my heart to thine!

The river nobly foams and flows,
The charm of this enchanted ground,
And all its thousand turns disclose
Some fresher beauty varying round:
The haughtiest breast its wish might bound
Through life to dwell delighted here;
Nor could on earth a spot be found
To nature and to me so dear,
Could thy dear eyes in following mine
Still sweeten more these banks of Rhine!

Lord Byron's lyrics quickly became a mandatory part of English travel guides!

University of Bonn / Computer Science / Department IV

P. Martini / 17.03.03 - feldt@informatik.uni-bonn.de