This interesting little town is set in the heart of the Rhineland, and has plenty to offer.
Sankt Augustin is found just outside of the relaxing and creative city of Bonn — the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and the home of many classic museums. Surrounded by both open and wooded countryside in all directions, this town is ideally placed for both an urban and a rural getaway. And you won’t be disappointed with either.
A relatively new town with a more modern twist, you won’t be trapped in traffic weaving through any tiny streets. There is plenty of room for everyone here.
With the Pleiser Park Berg in town and the huge Huma Einkaufspark (one purchase park) just to the north, you won’t be short of places to shop, or to relax with a drink either. There is even the Bonn International Golf Club close by, if you want a gentle stroll through the woods there.
Culture is big here — as in most of this part of Germany — and there is always some festival or other that the local people are getting involved in. One such festival — the Umzug — is held in January and involves thousands of dancers and costumed individuals parading in the streets, and lining them too for support. A real treat to be involved in.
Just south-west of Sankt Augustin, you will find the densely forested hills of the Siebengebirge — the Seven Hills. Steeped in local lore and legend, this huge range of around 40 peaks (the 7 mentioned above are just the tallest ones) is actually an extinct volcanic area.
There are, however, many versions of the story of how they came about — including digging giants and possibly a dragon at work…
With several fairytale castles perched on the tops of these hills, and some amazing rock formations around the Rhine, you may spend more time here than you had planned. There are endless marked hiking trails across the area and some great view points you can climb to.
Boat trips during the summer are a very popular way to view these huge natural landscapes without the steep paths to negotiate! ;-)