This summer we went travelling again, starting off with a visit to friends who live just outside Cologne in Germany. They took us to visit the town of Königswinter on the banks of the river Rhine, with the aim of taking the historical train up the mountain to the top – Drachenfels (dragoncliff) and thence to visit Schloss Drachenburg.
From the midway train station a short climb brings you to the Schloss
Initially a private villa built in a palace style, it belonged to Baron Stephan von Sarter (1833–1902) a broker and banker who planned to live there, but never did. It has a beautifully painted and decorated interior.
Its stained glass windows attest to the fact that it may well have been used as a hunting lodge
Today the Schloss belongs to the state providing a wonderful venue for concerts and conferences. It is also available for hire for weddings.
Click here for more information and a virtual tour of the Schloss