Evidence of settlement date back to the first millennium after Christ returns. Thus one found in Dolldorf a grave, the n on in 680. Chr. Is backdated. In the act of a farm is 859 for the first time the place Pleisa - today Oberpleis - mentioned 895 in a similar act of the place Stieldorf. 922 first appeared the place name Idubag (Ittenbach) on .925 Ruzindorf (Rauschendorf), 948 Quirrenbach, 966 Dullendorf (Dolldorf) and 1015 Winetre (Königswinter). The designation Winetre suggests that the wine was native to this area at that time. 1342 will be the first time spoken of Koenigswinter.

Today's communities "city Koenigswinter" grew out of the local reorganization in 1969 and covers an area of 7,619 ha in the approximately 41,000 people live. Kindergartens are distributed as extensively as primary schools throughout the city. Schools can be found in the school center Oberpleis and in the private Jugenddorf-Christophorusschule Koenigswinter, whereby the latter is also dedicated to encouraging the gifted. The numerous sports clubs in Koenigswinter are training and competition opportunities in many gyms and sports grounds available. Cultural life in King Winter, too: If you want to operate the music, which are numerous choirs and orchestras open, you can learn an instrument at the local music school. For cultural activities but also includes classical concerts, concert evenings of music clubs and theater performances in the auditorium of the school center Oberpleis. For adults the Volkshochschule Siebengebirge will have available a wide range of training opportunities. For several years, the working group organized art of Local Agenda 21 among other activities, together with the Community Königswinterer artists with much success the "Königswinterer Art Days", which enjoy even beyond the borders Königswinters addition of a high visibility among art lovers.

Cultural monuments and at the same time the main document of the historical development of the city are the numerous attractions, old churches, chapels and monasteries. Among them is the Romanesque provost church in Oberpleis with crypt and cloister from the 12th century. Nationwide importance Heisterbach. Here founded around 1200. Cistercians an abbey whose cultural and economic activity all surrounding villages benefited. Shortly after founding a great church, of which today only the Chorruine stands and at the time was the largest Romanesque buildings in the Rhineland arose. Those who want to learn more about the history of the monastery, which was recommended by the Foundation operated Abbey Heisterbach exhibition in the tithe barn of the monastery. Finally, it was the monks who gave a traditional industry in Koenigswinter decisive impulses: the wine. This has followed the slopes of the Siebengebirge today and the two local wineries so produce some good drop.

The Siebengebirgsmuseum in the old town, with its rich collections to culture, economics and geology an exciting and informative insight into the history of the local region. An attraction for visitors to the wine village Oberdollendorf is also the local museum "Brückenhof" showing in its permanent exhibition equipment and utensils from households and crafts that date back to the 19th century. In the house in Silesia Heisterbacherrott a center for art, culture and history of Silesia was established.

Outstanding monument and tourist landmark of Koenigswinter is the castle ruins on the Drachenfels, which has placed with the advent of the Romantic Rhine in the middle of the 19th century laid the foundation for a long-standing tradition Königswinters as a tourist. Since 1883, guests can also easily reach the rack railway to the summit, from which offers an incomparable view over the Rhine Valley. Steeped in history and an attraction for guests is also another mountain in the Siebengebirge: the Petersberg. Until the 70s of last century, the sophisticated hotel served on the Petersberg state guests of the Federal Republic of Germany as a residence. The Golden Book of Koenigswinter recorded a total of 31 signatures of prominent state guests as Queen Elizabeth II, the Shah of Iran and other heads of state who attended the then young Federal Republic of Germany. Last prominent guest of the hotel was the Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev. 1979 acquired the German government the Petersberg. It has been carefully restored and woke up in 1990 as an official guest house of the Federal Republic of Germany to life. Since then again numerous state guests, including Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin, the Japanese Emperor Akihito and the Danish Queen Margrethe II enjoyed the house and the wonderful Seven Mountain. The Afghanistan Conference in 2001, and the follow-up conference in 2002 are among the most outstanding international meetings high above the Rhine Valley.

The Seven Mountains is one of the oldest nature reserves in Germany and the first natural park in North Rhine-Westphalia. 200 km hiking trails lead through shady deciduous forests and always offer views of the Rhine Valley, the Eifel and the Westerwald.

Besides tourism, in Koenigswinter have trade, crafts and industry its fixed location. Large parts of the urban area is used for agriculture. With the expulsion of various commercial areas many businesses in the town were resettled in recent years. Also have nursery crops and orchards in the mountain region a national reputation.

The European idea will be maintained in Koenigswinter for over 30 years. 1974 twinning has been established with the located on the east coast of Britain City Cleethorpes, which has risen by a municipal reorganization in 1995 in the city of North-East Lincolnshire. However, this has the partnership relations not done any harm. In 1989, Koenigswinter another partnership with a southwest French city, whose name is world-famous for one of there originating product: Cognac. Apart from the official relations between the cities of the partnerships in Koenigswinter are supported by development associations that are open to every citizen.

(Quellennachweis: www.koenigswinter.de)

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