Hiking Highlight (Segment)
The donkey trail from Drachenburg Castle has been open since the end of November 2019. He will certainly be visited a lot in the Beethoven year 2020. The climb is quite steep, but there are benches along the way and enough reasons to stop and enjoy the view. The view of the castle is unique. Information boards provide information about the past of the path / quarry.
November 27, 2019
The donkey path leads from the valley station to the Drachenfels. Sometimes it is quite steep. In between you will be rewarded with a great view. The path leads past the castle about half way. Also on the way is a small kiosk, a beer garden and the reptile zoo.
July 5, 2020
"... The traditional ascent to the Drachenfels with the most beautiful view is the so-called Eselsweg. This steep path was probably used in sections by Roman stonemasons.
The photographers also use the many tourists on the donkey path for their business. So began z. B. Johannes Oster (1862–1941), who was a trained master tailor, did quick photography around 1900 in front of the Nibelungenhalle. People were approached, but to have a photo taken with the backdrop of the Drachenfels, on a donkey or later in an airplane or helicopter, which they could take home with them on the way back. Johannes Oster was the grandfather of Richard Kern, who - in the third generation after his father Hans Kern - gave up the business in 1989 as the last "Drachenfels photographer".
After a rock fall - presumably caused by severe storms - on June 5, 2011, the Eselsweg on the upper section between Drachenburg and the summit plateau had to be closed for safety reasons. After the renovation and installation of a protective fence started in autumn 2013, the donkey path was opened again in April 2014. Due to the acute danger of falling rocks due to rock movements, the section was closed again from January 2017 to November 2019. After the renovation work on the rock massif was completed, Eselsweg was reopened on November 27, 2019. ... "
November 20, 2020
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