The park surrounding Schloss Drachenburg with its terraces, the pleasure ground, the hillside meadow and the forest park, forms a quiet counterpoint to the stylistic diversity of the castle’s architecture. Emerging as a zoned landscape garden in 1884, the park is a classic example of the late landscape style.
In Rhöndorf, with picturesque views of the Rhine valley and surrounded by a colourful garden, is the residence built in 1936/1937 of Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967), the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. With its Mediterranean-style variety of plants, trees, sculptures, fountains and walls, it is reminiscent of an Italian-style garden.
The Park is now considered the most important example of French garden art outside France and has contributed significantly to the recognition of the Augustusburg Castle World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Starting in 1842, Peter Joseph Lenné designed part of the extensive park as an English landscape park.
The Flora Park was created in 1864 by Peter Joseph Lenné in a “mixed German garden style” and contains elements of French Baroque, the Italian Renaissance and the English landscape garden. Today, the Flora is a diverse and harmonious park.
Since the State Garden Show of 2005, Leverkusen has a contemporary park which connects the city on roads integrated with the panorama of the Rhine River. Today the Neuland-Park is the green retreat of this district.
The Schloss Dyck Foundation is a centre for garden art and landscape design. Covering more than 70 hectares, the historic castle garden houses model gardens, modern landscape architecture and a collection of plants as well as exhibitions on landscape gardening held in the adjacent castle. Dining options and a variety of events make Schloss Dyck a tourist attraction.
- Arrival in Brühl
- Visit Augustusburg Park (also available with guided tour)
- Lunch in the Orangery at Schloss Augustusburg
- City tour of Cologne and visit to the Flora
- Time for your own discoveries, and sightseeing in Cologne (e.g. Ludwig Museum or Kolumba Museum)
- Optional dinner at the Restaurant Vintage (regional cuisine with local products)
- Overnight in Cologne
- After breakfast, drive to Königswinter
- Ride the Drachenfelsbahn to the castle and Drachenburg Park
- Tour of the castle and park with views of the Rhine Valley
- Optional lunch at the Drachenburg Restaurant with its panoramic terrace, or in the new Drachenfels Restaurant
- Continue to Bad Honnef. Guided tour of Adenauer’s house and gardens with its garden pavilion
- On the way back visit the Hofverkaufsladen (village store) in Königswinter / Thomasberg
- Then, either visit the LVR-Landesmuseum in Bonn or the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck (dinner with stunning views over the panorama of the Rhine)
- Optional visit to a music event or cabaret performance in Bonn or Cologne
- Overnight in Cologne
- Trip to Leverkusen and visit to the Japanese Garden and the Neuland Park
- Individual lunch in the Park Restaurant
- Then a trip to the Friedestrompark at the local history museum in Zons
- Guided tour of the exhibition and the garden
- If there is time, stroll through the quaint old town of Zons
- After a relaxing coffee break at the Restaurant Schloss Friedestrom, you start your journey home
OTHER INTERESTING TOPICS ON YOUR ROMANTIC RHINE TRIP
The landscape between Königswinter and Loreley is romantically mythical and was also an early tourist attraction. It was only rediscovered at the turn of the 19th Century when the Rhine, of all German rivers the most romantic, became a tourist attraction. The Drachenfels and the Siebengebirge represent the highlights of the landscape to be experienced on the Middle Rhine.
POSTWAR GERMANY’S HISTORY
Around Bonn you come across many authentic places and that bear witness to the young German Republic. Starting with Adenauer’s house, on to the Petersberg, and then to the former capital city of Bonn with its Haus der Geschichte (house of history) and exciting exploration of the city’s past, this time is brought back to life.
- 2 nights in an upper mid-range hotel in Cologne
- Roundtrip Drachenfelsbahn Königswinter
- Admission to park and Schloss Drachenburg
- Admission and guided tour of Adenauer’s house and gardens
- Guided tour of the Augustusburg Park
- Cologne city tour with visit to the Flora
- Neuland-Park, Leverkusen and Museum Friedestrom, Zons
- Provision of additional services and brochures
- Free accommodation for the 21st person in a double room
Price per person: € 94, – for a double room
from € 16, – single supplement
Groups of 20
- Guided hike on the Siebengebirge
- Visit Siebengebirge Museum
- Visit The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn
- Boat cruises on the Rhine in Bonn or Cologne
- Dinner in the Oberdollendorf wine mill or in fine weather in the garden of the Sülz winery
- Wine tasting and cellar tour at a local winery in Bad Honnef or the Ahr Valley
- Guided tour of the Melatenfriedhof (cemetery) in Cologne, where many famous people are buried
ART CITIES PLUS
- Dinner at the “Vintage” restaurant in Cologne