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Deer at Drachenburg Castle, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler

Drachen­burg: the castle of Siegfried the Dragon Slay­er

The Bonn-mis­sion: I had to find the most-climbed moun­tain in Europe to en­joy the view from the top.

For those who don’t know the legend of Siegfried and the dragon: it’s a legendary story from German mythology that tells the tale of Siegfried, who slayed a dragon, took a bath in the creature’s blood and became invincible. One spot on his body however didn’t get covered with the blood, which would lead to his demise later in the story.

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    Drachenburg Castle, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
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    Deer at Drachenburg Castle, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
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    Inside Drachenburg Castle, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
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    Drachenburg Castle, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
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Inside Drachenburg Castle, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler

The epic battle is said to have taken place at Drachenfels Rock in Königswinter. Close to this rock, Drachenburg was built in the 18th century. It’s an architectural ode to the great tale. Absolutely one of the most impressive castles I've seen in Germany.

You can read about the (mythological) life of Siegfried in “Das Nibelungenlied”, an epic poem written in Middle High German. Wagner also used the story in his famous opera “Der Ring Des Nibelungen”.

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