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Drachenfels, Bad Honnef

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The mountain and the ruins on top, collectively called the Drachenfels, can be reached on foot or by railway (children can also ride on a donkey). Below the ruins on the path up the mountain you can will find Drachenburg Castle, which is also worth a stop but does require an admission fee. According to the old legends about the Drachenfels, a dragon once lived here and sank ships along the Rhine with its fire breath, giving the mountain its name, though it may be more likely that the name comes from the first city count Gottfried von Drachenfels who lived here from 1176.