The Castle Drachenburg is a romantic work of art from the period of promoterism surrounded by the wonderful nature of the Siebengebirge, which is definitely worth seeing. In the fore-fortress the only “Museum for the History of Preservation of Nature” found a suitable place.
Schloss Drachenburg (Castle Drachenburg)
Telephone: +49 (0)22 23 / 90 19 70
Telefax: +49 (0)22 23 / 90 19 78
April 1 – November 1: Tu. – Su. 11.00 AM – 18.00 PM
Stephan Sarter, son of a Bonn-based restaurant owner, who became wealthy as a stock broker and was therefore known as the “Baron of Sarter”, purchased a piece of land right underneath the ruin of a fortress at the Drachenfels, in order to fulfil his living dream. Between 1882 and 1884 an imposing work of art from the period of promoterism was erected here, the architecture and design of which puts visitors into times long past.
The castle was heavily damaged during the 2nd World War and in the post-war period, so that in the 1960s it was empty and about to fall into decay. It was Paul Spinat, who saved it from its destiny as he purchased the castle and opened it for the public in 1973. Up until his death in 1989, the lord of the castle resided in the Castle Drachenburg. Since 1989, the “Nordrhein-Westfalen Stiftung Naturschutz, Heimat- und Kulturpflege” (Northrhine-Westfalia Institution for the Maintenance of Nature Protection, Homeland and Culture) has been renovating the castle, which is classified as a historical monument. Due to renovations still taking place, visits are only possible partly.
A visit to Castle Drachenburg connects the cultural incentives of castle and park, museum and history with the intensive experience of free nature.