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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?.

Read more about The So­cial Trav­el­er at Drachen­burg Castle.

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