You might have seen on Instagram that I did a Day-Trip to Königswinter on Pentecost. I and my parents have never been to Palace Drachenburg, so we decided to visit it. As it was really nice weather on Monday, we decided it was about time to finally see it. Königswinter is about 45 minutes (by car) from Cologne. It wasn’t really clever to go there on an official holiday in Germany…it took us quite some time to find a parking place and we visited with quite a lot people.
The Palace Drachenburg is on top of the hill, you can either walk the way up or take a small mountain railway. We walked, as it was easier to do so from our parking area, but it isn’t really hard to walk up 🤷🏼♀️
The entrance costs 7€ for adults, 5€ when you’re a student. You can order the adult tickets online, too, but not the reduced ones. You’ll enter the area through the carriage house, in front of the palace is a nice garden.
The first thing I did was going around the palace instead of going inside. You have a really fantastic view from there over the Rhine! And when the sky is clear, you can even see Cologne Cathedral from there!
There are two terraces behind the palace, one on the same level as the palace, on below that. A part of the terraces is a small garden with two golden deer.
The entry hall of the palace is really impressive. They have silk wall covering with great paintings on it. The entry hall is the only room in the palace that looks exactly like it did when they built it. In the 1960ies, the palace was vacant, and there was a lot of robbery. As the most rooms have painted wallpapers, they could just cut it out, right off the wall. The new owner restaurated it all, but some paintings were filled up with what could fit to the scenery and not the original scenery as they didn’t have all the plans for it.
I also recommend getting the tour guide they offer, as you’ll learn a lot more from it then by just looking. For example I learned, that it was once used as a catholic boy’s school and later as school for railroader. And that the new owner gave organ concerts in the late 70ies, which were all fake as the organ was fake 💁🏼♀️ They also offer an app for iOS and Android, but their guide is only in german so far, but you can get a printed guide!
When you leave the palace and keep left, you can enter a tower from where you have a great view from above the palace. It really is worth the climb! Hungry and thirsty after that? No problem! The palace has a small bistro, seats are on the terrace on the backside of it. For example you could have a tarte flambée for 8,50€ or potato pancakes for 4€, which is not really pricey.
You can bring your dog on the area, but as they are not allowed to go into the palace, Hugo stayed home. I just didn’t see much use to bring him then 🤷🏼♀️