Drachenfels Castle would not carry this name if it did not stand in connection with fire-spitting mythical creatures. According to legend, a lindworm, to whom the Pagan inhabitants are said to have brought human sacrifices, lived in a cave here. The fact is that Drachenfels Castle was designed in the 1140s by the Archbishop of Cologne, Arnold I. The castle, built on a hill in the natural conservation area of today, once served as a border fortification and today forms a popular destination, which above all acquired its popularity as a part of the legendary world of the Rhine and because of its prominent location on the 321-metre high cliff in Siebengebirge (Seven Hills). The climb to the Drachenfels ruin, which is steep in parts, can be easily managed using the Drachenfels Railway. Children can even clamber up on the backs of donkeys “stationed” in the valley station. Refreshments are waiting at hand in the restaurant on the cliff, for hikers too who come by on the Rheinsteig trail, directly running past.