The castled crag of Drachenfels
Frowns o’er the wide and winding Rhine.
Whose breast of waters broadly swells
Between the banks which bear the vine,
And hills all rich with blossomed trees,
And fields which promise corn and wine,
And scattered cities crowning these,
Whose far white walls along them shine,
Have strewed a scene, which I should see
With double joy wert thou with me!
— Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
The black-and-white image was taken probably by my grandfather around 1960 from what is now Lannesdorf or Mehlem. To the left in this image is Königswinter and to the right is Bad Honnef.
The burg on the top of the hill was build in the 12th century. A restaurant was added in the 1970s, but the concrete restaurant has since been replaced by a glass structure.