Updated: May 28, 2020
What could be a best place to enjoy a weekend before Christmas??
How to Reach Drachenburg Castle:
The Castle is highly accessible with public transport and it's a must visit place during your trip to Germany. As we were traveling from Dortmund, we bought a NRW day ticket for € 30.50 and traveled unlimited on Regional Express (R.E), Buses and trams in NRW state for a day from 6:00 AM to 3:00 AM on weekends and 9:00 AM to 3:00 AM on weekdays.
From Dortmund to Bonn, we took the regional train with one transfer in Cologne and it was around 2:00-2:30 hour’s journey depending on train connections. From Bonn Bahnhof Tief, the direct Tram No. 66 in direction of Bad Honnef Stadtbahn goes directly to the station of Königswinter Fähre (25 minutes Journey).
It's a station on the bank of Rhine river and also a stop of the ferries and Cruise trips from Dusseldorf and Cologne. Visiting Drachenburg Castle in Bonn, Germany must be included in your "Things to do in Germany" list.
From the Königswinter Fähre station, we walked for 5 minutes and reached to the ticket point for the Winter Bahn that takes up to the Drachenfels hills. The ticket is for € 12 including the ticket to Winter Bahn and Castle. Another option is to go on foot to castle and it is around 20 minutes walk on a sloppy hill.
The ticket point was not that crowded but there was a very very long queue for the winter bahn. The queue was moving very slowly and after a wait of 40 minutes. Finally we reached to a point, from where we had to take a bahn.
Luckily, we were standing on the front and got a seat in Bahn. The Bahn was fully packed with tourists and still lots of the people standing in the long queues. It was a short journey around 5 minutes and took us up to the hill where castle is located.
OMG - what took us so long to visit this fairytale castle? You have to add this in your list of things to do it Germany.
The Drachenburg Castle was standing magnificently on the hill. It was constructed only in 2 years from 1882 to 1884 as a residence for Stephen von Sarter (Finance Expert) who never lived in the castle. Later on, it was renovated and restored from 1995 to 2010.
The Christmas festivity was at the peak in the Castle. On the main entrance, there was another ticket office for the tourists who are not coming on the Bahn and also a ticket checking point.
The walk way to the castle was full decorated with small Christmas shops. We decided to visit the castle first and walked towards it.
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It was lightened with multi color lights which make it as a marvelous Christmas wonderland. Actually, we wanted to cover the castle in the evening to have an ultimate experience of the view of the castle with wonderful lightings.
We stepped inside the Castle and it led us to the main corridor where they had Christmas stalls and selling Christmas souvenirs.
The band was performing the Christmas songs near to the Christmas tree and Santa. On the other side of the corridor, it was a library with antique writing table and books.
On the left side of the main corridor, there's a dinning room with an amazing art work depicting on the walls. There's a wooden stairs taking to the first floor of the castle.
The stairs also has a wonderful painting on the walls. There are three carpeted bedrooms on the 1st floor.