Drachenfels translates to Dragon’s Rock, a fitting name for this former volcano. Dragon’s Rock has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Today, modern pilgrims can visit the quarry by railway, sailing down the Rhine, and hiking. Besides the wild splendor of the forest and former volcano, there are also acres of vineyards that are still picked by hand due to the steepness of the rock. Modern visitors will also enjoy touring Schloss Drachenburg, a beautiful castle with winding wooden spiral staircases and intricate stained glass windows fit for a cathedral. Visitors can also see ancient castle ruins at the very top of the hill.