City Breaks

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Peillon

Peillon looks as though it were carved from the rock face it sits upon

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Drachenfels

The Drachenfels or Dragon Rock mountain on the Rhine lies just south of Bonn and is home to one of Germany's most famous legends. According to a Medieval story, the Drachenfels is where a German hero Siegfried slayed the dragon living in a cave on the mountain, giving it its name. Legend has it that after taking a bath in dragon blood, Siegfried became immortal. The poet Lord Byron mentions this in his work Harold’s Pilgrimage, as well as expressing the natural beauty of the area as only a poet can.

Despite no recent dragon sightings, there is plenty to see at this popular destination, especially on summer days when the sky is at its clearest, presenting magnificent views. You can see the moss-encrusted cave the dragon once resided in too if you are feeling brave.

The Drachenfels is one of the most accessible climbs in the series of peaks that make up the Siebengebirge mountains, but you can also take a railway trip to the summit for around €9 round trip.

A walk through the forest back down to the town takes you past Hansel & Gretel-like houses and the impressive gothic Drachenberg castle, with its wrought iron gates and turrets. The area is also home to traditional beehives, for the opportunity to see how honey is produced and sample some from one of the numerous food stalls dotted around.

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Stedelijk Museum Breda

The perfect city for a long weekend, one place which mustn’t be missed if you visit Breda is the Stedelijk Museum. The youngest city museum in the Netherlands, the City Museum Breda, combines its permanent collections with temporary ones making it extremely versatile and a fun way to spend a few hours.

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