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Drachenfels above K鰊igswinter, directly opposite to Germany's former capital, Bonn.
The hill measures only a moderate 321 m, which seems high in contrast to Rhine river's level of only 48 m above sea level.
The view of the first hills or mountains when coming upstream from the Dutch border inspired many British painters, draftsmen, poets and early tourists to develop the first steps of what should later be the so-called Rhine romanticism.
Drachenfels Castle from 1167 (on hilltop) lies now in ruins, while Drachenburg Palace (to the left) in neo-gothic style is from 1884 and still in use for events.
The restaurant on Drachenfels, a brutal concrete bar from the sixties, was torn down some years ago and replaced by an unobtrusive glass cube.

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