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Siegburg (i.e. fort on the Sieg river) is a city in the district of Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the banks of the rivers Sieg and Agger, 10 kilometres away from the former capital Bonn and 26 kilometres away from Cologne. Siegburg is at the base of a "mountain" (St. Michael's Mount, about 40km elevation), filled with picturesque cobblestone streets and traditional buildings.
Getting to Siegburg is quite easy, as its infrastructure of traffic is excellent. It is immediately off the motorway (A3)and has a direct link to Bonn central station by tram (line 66). From cities like Cologne and Frankfurt, Siegburg can easily and fast be reached by taking the ICE train.
From Siegburg train station the city railway S12 takes you every 20 minutes to Troisdorf and Cologne. To go to Cologne or Frankfurt you can also take the fast ICE train which is more comfortable but also more expensive.
There is a big taxi stop in front of Siegburg train station.
Cars can be rented at SIXT car rental, also located close to Siegburg train station (Mahrstrasse 6, 53721 Siegburg).
Rent an e-bike at Tourist Information Siegburg and make a bike tour along the river Sieg.
Is an abbey that used to be the residence of Benedictine monks until 2011 who produced a liquor called Siegburger Abtei-Likör (since 1504) and a beer called Michel (since 2004). The Michel beer can also be tried in the brewery of Siegburg which is located almost at the end of the Holzgasse in the pedestrian area. There is a small tourist tram (Michel-Express) starting off at Siegburg train station that takes people up to the abbey, especially recommended for elderly people as it is located on top of a mountain. It is also possible to walk up to the abbey as the mountain is only 118 metres high. The train runs every half an hour from 12 to 7 pm and round trip tickets for adults cost 3 Euro.
In December visiting the christmas market is a must. Try the typical German mulled wine or honey wine in one of the medieval tents and feel set back to the Middle Ages by listening to medieval musicians or simply by watching the hustle and bustle. Also don't miss to go to the medieval bakery and taste or buy the bread there.
Open Tue-Sat 10 am til 5 pm, Sun 10 am til 6 pm. The city museum of Siegburg demonstrates the history of Siegburg from prehistoric times until the formation of the Federal Republic of Germany. It mainly consists of a collection on ceramics of Siegburg that were famous until 17th century throughout Siegburg. The museum is also the birhtplace of Engelbert Humperdinck and therefore a small area of the collection is dedicated to him. Worth seeing is the medieval cellar vault that has been conserved from the old town hall until in 1826 the centre of the Humperdinck house has been constructed upon it.
Open from Tue-Fri 7.30 am til 9 pm, Sat-Sun 8 am til 6 pm, on bank holidays 8 am til 8 pm (please consider different opening hours for sauna, fitness and diving area) If you like swimming or diving the Oktopus Aquatic Centre can be recommended. It inhabits one of the biggest indoor diving centres of Europe. The diving tower has a depth of 20 metres and a diameter of 10 to 18 metres. Entry prices for the swimming area range between 1.50 to 4 Euros whereas diving prices start from 25 Euro excluding swimming and wellness area.
Open Mon-Sat from 2 pm, Sun from 10.30 am. Is the biggest cinema in town that shows the latest movies. Has 2 small, 4 medium and a big movie theatre for about 500 people. Also offers movies in 3D. Prices range from 4 to 11.50 Euros.
In the city centre of Siegburg you will find a long pedestrian area with several different shops. Especially interesting to see is a street called Holzgasse which is paved with cobblestones. Along the pedestrian area you will also find a big market place. The market is open mondays to fridays from 7am to 6pm, on saturdays from 7am to 2pm. You can buy fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs or flowers there.
Within the pedestrian area you will find many different restaurants i.e. Italian, Chinese, Mexican cuisine. For typical German dishes the brewery of Siegburg located in the Holzgasse can be recommended.
Open daily from 5 pm. Spanish bar and restaurant that especially offers tapas. If you want to try something special come on Sundays for brunch.
Open Mon-Fri from 11.30 am til midnight, Sat from 5 pm, Sun from 11.30 am til 11 pm. Turkish-mediterranean restaurant which besides its famous barbecue dishes offers vegetarian ones. In summer make sure to get a table on the terrace where you can listen to the sounds of a small stream alongside the restaurant.
Open Mon-Fri from 11.30 am, Sat from 5 pm, Sun from 10 am. Mediterranean restaurant with bar that has a baroque atmosphere. Good breakfast buffet on sundays for 8.90 Euro including a hot drink.
Open Mon-Thu & Sun 5 pm til 1 am, Fri-Sat 5 pm til 3.30 am (kitchen open til 11.30 pm), for lunch 11 am til 2.30 pm. Restaurant and Cocktailbar that offers European cuisine. It is more famous for it's huge cocktailbar than its dishes, has a small beer garden and the location looks like a small chapel.
Opening Hours: Tue-Wed from 8 pm, Thu-Fri 6-11 pm, Sat from 3 pm and Sun from 5 pm. Is a bar and restaurant in a nice and cosy cellar that has special offers every night like live music, special prices for wine, cocktails or pasta. Also a good place to watch a soccer game.
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue 10 am til midnight, Fri-Sat 10 am til 1 am. Is a mexican bar and restaurant with friendly staff. On Sundays breakfast is offered for a special deal including coffee.
The hotel is quite modern and has 35 rooms, a conference room, restaurant and café with terrace. It is centrally located opposite the train station. All areas of the hotel are accessible by wheelchair. The hotel offers wireless network access and special weekend packages, also for the medieval christmas market.
Tourist Information Siegburg  (located in the basement of Siegburg train station)
Address: Europaplatz 3, 53721 Siegburg, Germany phone: +49 2241 / 96985-33, fax: +49 2241 / 96985-31, e-mail: [email protected]
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm