Bridge Courtyard Museum

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Brückenhofmuseum (2013)
Brückenhofmuseum (2014)

The Brückenhofmuseum is a local history museum in Oberdollendorf , a district of the city of Königswinter in the Rhein-Sieg district in North Rhine-Westphalia . It started operations in 1991 in the former winery "Brückenhof" (Bachstrasse 93), a half-timbered house from the 17th century. The museum is supported by the Heimatverein Oberdollendorf und Römlinghoven e. V. with over 1100 members.

The Brückenhofmuseum is located on the approach to the Rheinsteig, near the envelope viewpoint and the wine trail on the route to Heisterbach Abbey . The focus of the work of the association and the museum lies in the special exhibitions on local and regional history and art.

In its permanent exhibition it shows a presentation of the Heisterbacher Talbahn with the " Weilberg model system ", * collections of the stonemason , quarry and carpentry , rocks of the Siebengebirge , a shoemaker's workshop and a historical kitchen, a demonstration framework as well as more than 300 old and new group photos.

The museum is usually open from 2:30 p.m. on the first and second Sunday of the month.


The Brückenhof is a former winery in the form of a Franconian [[Gutshof | Hofanlage]] with a gate from the middle of the 17th century, which originally included a wine press house from 1641, which is now in the Kommern open-air museum . The main building of the courtyard was erected between 1681 and 1684 instead of a previous building according to a dendrochronological age determination. It was called the "Rennenberger Hof" after the Rhenish noble family von Rennenberg , who owned this farm until around 1570. It was one of the seven Freihöfe in the parish of Oberdollendorf, the jury sent to the so-called. Markgedinge , which administered the parish until the dissolution of the Duchy of Berg at the beginning of the 19th century. The correspondence between the Brückenhof and the Rennenberger Hof only became known in 2013 after research by a family and local history researcher, while the latter had previously been assumed to have been demolished at the beginning of the 19th century.

From the middle of the 17th century until 1776, the Rennenberger Hof belonged to the von Moers family from Cologne . In 1798 it came into the possession of Mathias Comans (1773-1824), a judge of the Bergisch office of Löwenburg , whose widow sold him in 1843 through inheritance . In 1846, the entire property belonging to the Rennenberger Hof, which comprised 61 properties with an area of ​​63 acres , was auctioned from the bankruptcy estate of the subsequent owners . The farm itself was acquired by Josef Broel in 1847. At that time it was known as the “Brückenhof”, as a bridge spanning the Heisterbach , which was later canalized , provided access. After the death of the last owner of this family who had remained childless, the farm was sold in 1960 to the municipality of Oberdollendorf , where the town of Königswinter took over in 1969 as the legal successor to the then dissolved municipality. In 1989 the “Heimatverein Oberdollendorf und Römlinghoven” took over part of the building, then renovated the premises themselves and in spring 1991 opened the first exhibition of the Brückenhofmuseum. During the renovation of the bridge courtyard that began in October 2015, the museum remained closed and was reopened in June 2016.

The Brückenhof stands as monument under monument protection . The entry in the monuments list of the city of Königswinter took place on February 26, 1991.


  • 1991: "The wine blossom festivals and their wine queens"
  • 1992: “Jean Assenmacher and his work”; "Josef Schuchert as a collector"
  • 1993: “The local researcher Dr. Ferdinand Schmitz "
  • 1994/1995: “Popular Piety”, a special exhibition for the 850th anniversary of the Catholic parishes in the valley area
  • 1995: "Dollendorfer Allerlei" with sculptures and pictures by Ernemann Sander , pictures by Reinhard Nagel, Toni Landsberg, Willi Gassen, Hans Knopper, Hans Prange, Jean Assenmacher, Paul Heck and others. a., utensils from the kitchen and laundry room, handicraft and viticulture equipment, stone cutting tools and work as well as objects from the war and post-war period
  • 1996: "100 years of beekeeping in the Siebengebirge "; "100 aerial photos of Dollendorf"
  • 1997: "Collectors exhibit": radios, dolls, clocks, coffee grinders, water jugs and owls; "100 years of St. Hubertus-Schützengesellschaft Ober- und Niederdollendorf e. V. "; "110 Years of the Römlinghoven Citizens' Association"
  • 1999: "Jubilee times 3", 50 years of the Küzengarde Oberdollendorf Carnival Society , 33 years of Fidele Ströpper Römlinghoven, 50 years of DINOVA-Werke
  • 1999/2000: "Half-timbered houses - half-timbered construction"; "Fascination Drachenfels - pure Rhine landscape", oil paintings and watercolors from the Olaf Wiese gallery; "Flowers and more ...", watercolors by Magdalena Wallraf
  • 2000: "The Rhine ", etchings by Heinrich Reifferscheid
  • 2000: Burkhard Mohr : "Fun aside", caricatures; "Grotesques in Iron"
  • 2000/2001: Art exhibition "Professor Heinrich Reifferscheid , the painter of silence (1872–1945)"
  • 2001/2002: "Collectors exhibit", traditional and modern pewter figures, 600 ducks from all over the world, fans, mocha cups and mocha spoons, roses in their variety, hundreds of old postcards, old cameras (from plate to 35mm cameras)
  • 2002: " Rheinromantik - Old Views of the Siebengebirge", 190 exhibits from the E. Eschbach collection
  • 2003/2004: " Heisterbach - Pictures, Shards, Documents", special exhibition on the occasion of the dissolution of the Cistercian Abbey of Heisterbach in 1803
  • 2004/2005: "Treasures around the Siebengebirge - fossils, rocks, minerals from the Siebengebirge and from all over the world"
  • 2006/2007: "Jewish life in Königswinter ", the Jewish life in the Rhineland yesterday and today with the Jewish annual cycle from " Rosh Hashana ", the New Year festival, to the " Simchat Torah ", the joyous festival of the Torah; Laying of stumbling blocks by the artist Gunter Demnig
  • 2008/2009: " Railways in the Siebengebirge", the Heisterbacher Talbahn with the "Weilberg model layout", the Drachenfelsbahn , the Petersbergbahn and the Siebengebirgsbahn ; "350 years of brotherhoods"
  • 2010/2011: “Artists on site”, with works by Ernemann Sander , Burkhard Mohr and Martin Thiebes; as a "small addition" "totally colorful" pictures by Bettina Breitkopf
  • 2013: “A journey through time”, 50 years of Heimatverein Oberdollendorf and Römlinghoven e. V.
  • 2014: "100. Birthday of Jean Assenmacher "and" 355th anniversary of the St. Sebastianus brotherhoods in Oberdollendorf "
  • 2015: "200 years of Prussia in the Rhineland - Rhenish cavalry regiments with a focus on Bonn hussars" and "100. Birthday of Jean Assenmacher "
  • 2016/2017 "The history of viticulture in Oberdollendorf"
  • 2018 "130 years of the Oberdollendorf volunteer fire brigade - 130 years of the fire fighting group - 25 years of the Oberdollendorf youth fire brigade"
  • 2019: "School in Oberdollendorf - history and stories"


  • Heimatverein Oberdollendorf and Römlinghoven e. V. (Ed.): Oberdollendorf and Römlinghoven. A festival book. Königswinter 1986.
  • Angelika Schyma : City of Königswinter. (= Monument topography Federal Republic of Germany , Monuments in the Rhineland , Volume 23.5.) Rheinland-Verlag, Cologne 1992, ISBN 3-7927-1200-8 , p. 216.
  • Karl Schumacher, Heimatverein Oberdollendorf and Römlinghoven e. V. (Ed.): The mills in the Heisterbach Valley - How they rattled from the Middle Ages to the modern age. Water management, historical development, mill technology, legends and poems. 2nd, revised edition. Königswinter 2011.

Web links

Commons : Brückenhofmuseum  - collection of pictures

Individual evidence

  1. Current exhibition. Brückenhofmuseeum, August 2020, accessed on August 26, 2020 .
  2. Angelika Schyma: City of Königswinter. (= Monument topography Federal Republic of Germany, Monuments in the Rhineland , Volume 23.5.)
  3. a b c The Brückenhof - the building , Virtual Bridge Courtyard Museum
  4. ^ Ferdinand Schmitz : The Mark Dollendorf . Bergisch Gladbach 1925, p. 46/47 u. 52/53.
  5. a b How the Rennberger Hof became the Brückenhof , General-Anzeiger , March 7, 2013
  6. ^ History of the Brückenhof , Brückenhof Museum
  7. Brückenhof soon in new splendor , General-Anzeiger , November 27, 2015
  8. Alexander Hertel: Brückenhof shines in new splendor , General-Anzeiger, June 25, 2016
  9. List of monuments of the city of Königswinter , number A 142

Coordinates: 50 ° 41 ′ 59 ″  N , 7 ° 11 ′ 16 ″  E