Roman Villa (Stage 1)

The premises of the former manor and the reconstituted Portikus of the „Villa Rustica “were re-opened in 2014 and are now open to the public.

www.roemervillablankenheim.de

 


Ahr Spring (Stage 1)

The Ahr spring rises in a timber framed cellar in historic Blankenheim and joins the Rhein 89 km on in Sinzig.


Eifel Museum (Stage 1)

The Eifel museum has changing exhibitions to offer as well as main attractions on the Romans, art, history and culture.

www.eifelmuseum-blankenheim.de

 

 

 


Freilinger Lake (Stage 1+2)

The Freilinger lake offers peace and relaxation as well as adventurous activities such as surfing or diving.

 


Castle Ruins Arenberg (Stage 3)

The original fortress in Aremberg dates back to the 12th Century and was later replaced with a Baroque castle. The tower as it stands today was built in 1854 using the ruins of the former castle.  


Bläke Fritz (Stage 3)

The sandstone sculpture „Bläke Fritz “is an homage to an old man who lived in Eichenbach in the 1940s and was well known in the area for his great sense of humour.


Gillig Mill (Stage 3)

The Gillig mill set off the milling industry in Antweiler in 1686.

www.antweiler-muehle.de

 


Open Air Theater (Stage 3)

The open-air theatre in Schuld charms audiences every season with classic and modern plays for old and young.

www.freilichtbuehne-schuld.de

 

 


Schorn Chapel (Stage 3)

The pilgrimage site was built by a distraught farmer who promised the Virgin Mary to build a chapel if he survived crossing the Ahr river. After being rescued, he kept his promise.


Hahnesteiner Mill (Stage 4)

Hahnensteiner mill was first mentioned in 1556 and remained in use until 1984. Today it is only used to coarse-grind.

www.hahnensteinermuehle.de


HI Cyriacus Parish Church (Stage 4)

The main alter of the 15th Century Gothic church shows St. Cyriacus and St. Anthony


Dümpelfeld & Niederadenau (Etappe 4)

Hahnensteiner mill was first mentioned in 1556 and remained in use until 1984. Today it is only used to coarse-grind.

www.hahnensteinermuehle.de


Krippen Chapel (Stage 4)

Krippen chapel in Linder Höhe boasts a beautiful, almost life-sized manger made out of a single block of wood.


Marien Pilgrimage Chapel (Stage 4)

The Marien Pilgrimage Chapel was built in 1861 and is regarded a gem of early Baroque Rhein art.

 

 


Kreuzberg Castle (Stage 4+5)

Kreuzberg Castle has been the private residence of the Boeselager family since 1820 and as such is the only inhabited castle in the Ahr valley. The property is not open to the public, with the exception of the chapel. 

 


Teufelsloch (Stage 5)

The legendary Teufelsloch (Devil’s hole) was not actually created by the Devil himself but is the name given to an impressive opening in a rock face of the hiking path high above Altenahr.  

 


Langfig Valley (Stage 5)

The natural reserve follows the bight of the Ahr in the Langfiltal nature reserve and homes a number of rare animals and plants.


Are Castle (Stage 5)

The ruins of the 12th Century Are castle are still as alluring as ever. The ascent to the castle also has great views, a bizarre rocky landscape and pretty surrounding villages to offer.


Vintner’s Cooperative Mayschoß-Altenahr (Stage 5)

The world’s oldest vintner’s cooperative first came together in Mayschoß in 1868 and to this days still invites guests to wine-tastings in its impressive 19th Century vaulted cellar.

www.wg-mayschoss.de


Saffen Castle (Stage 5)

Saffen Castle is the oldest castle complex of the Ahr Valley: First mentioned in 1081, the castle ruins offer an interesting insight into fortification as well as stunning panoramic views.  

www.saffenburg.de


Nepomuk-Bridge (Stage 5)

Nepomuk-bridge in Rech was the only bridge to survive the disastrous floods of 1910 and stands testimony to the art of bridge building as the oldest bridge in the Ahr valley. It also has an impressive basalt image of St. John.


Krausberg (Stage 5)

In good weather, Cologne Cathedral can be seen from the tower of the Krausberg, the area’s landmark. A white flag on the tower signals that the lodge of the Eifel Society is open.

www.krausberg-dernau.de

 

 

 


Marienthal Abbey (Stage 5)

Built in 1137, the building that was once home to Augustian sisters now accommodates the Vineyard-Abbey Marienthal (Weingut-Kloster Marienthal). The ruin of the nave is often used for concerts and other events.

www.weingut-kloster-marienthal.de

 


Bunte Kuh (Stage 5)

The narrowest part of the Ahr valley, where the banks of the Ahr lap at the train tracks and road, is marked by the „Bunte Kuh “(Colourful Cow). The observation deck, named after the bluff below boasts beautiful views of the Ahr valley.


Documentation Site of the Government Bunker (Stage 6)

The Government bunker allows an insight into German history and was the most secret place of the German Federal Republic during the Cold War.

www.regbu.de

 


Roman Villa (Stage 6)

The archaeological site shows the layout of a main house dating back to Roman times.

www.museum-roemervilla.de

 


Historic Town Ahrweiler (Stage 6)

The historic centre of the red-wine metropolis Ahrweiler boasts venerable city walls and archways as well as a Gothic hall church, St. Laurentius.


Calvarienberg Cloister (Stage 6)

Calvarienberg cloister is now a school managed by Ursulines and has 14 stations of the cross leading up to it.


Forest Climbing Park (Stage 6)

The forest climbing park, at the foot of Neuenahrer Hill, has numerous nature activities to offer, for young an old, not least the 45m long rope slide.

www.wald-abenteuer.de

 


Casino (Stage 7)

Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler Casino boasts classic games like Black Jack and Roulette as well as a „Jackpot corner “with 160 slot machines.

www.spielbank-bad-neuenahr.de

 

 


Ahr-Thermal Baths (Stage 7)

The Ahr Thermal Baths in Bad Neuenahr is situated in the historic spa area and very near to large parks such as the Kurpark. Inside, visitors can relax in sparkling thermal baths, a thermal exercise pool, fresh water pool as well as four whirl pools. A large sauna area boasting eight saunas and much more awaits you here. 

www.ahr-thermen.de

 


Landskrone (Stage 7)

The Landskrone is a clifftop that is visible from afar and that is now under nature protection. The Maria-Hilf chapel was built below it, in which mass is still held today


Outdoor Thermal Baths Bad Bodendorf (Stage 7)

The outdoor thermal baths opened in 1937 and have been kept in typical nostalgic 1940s flair with old-fashioned changing rooms and a large lawn for sun-bathing. The water is drawn only from the state-approved healing spring St. Joseph Sprudel from 120 m depth and is kept at a consistently pleasant temperature. In contrast to normal baths, 11,000 litres of fresh water are pumped into the pool every hour- day and night no matter how many or few people are visiting. This is far above the recommended minimum, so that even on busy days, only very little chlorine needs to be added to ensure a high standard of water quality. Enjoy sunbathing on the large grassy area while children play on the playground.  

www.thermalbad-badbodendorf.de

 


Sinzig Castle (Stage 7)

Bordering the historic centre of town, Sinzig Castle, was built between 1854 and 1858 by a wealthy merchant from Cologne as a Summer residence in the Neo-Gothic style. Today it houses the Heimat museum and the old salon regularly plays host to cultural events. The tower room, which was elaborately restored in 2004, now serves as the registry office and is a popular wedding location for local couples.

Opening Hours:

Thursdays 10am – 12pm
Weekends 2pm -5pm

Groups can request a free guided tour of the museum and castle after prior registration every first Saturday of the month at 2:30pm

www.museum-sinzig.de


Church Square Sinzig (Stage 7)

Striking and unmissable, the central tower of the Late Romantic St. Peter’s Basilika became a cultural heritage sight in 1998 by the Haagener Convention. Since being consecrated on 15th August 1241, the sacral building has dominated the top of the town hill in the centre of the beautiful square. A few steps further, the Zehnthof stands, built on the foundations of the Kaiserpfalzen, the history of which dates back to 762.   

www.sinzig-info.de

 

 


Ahr Estuary (Stage 7)

The Ahr Estuary is the only natural estuary in Germany that flows into the Rhein. The surrounding area has been a nature reserve since 1977. Through freely meandering, untouched by human hand and depositing and transferring sand, gravel and slush, the estuary has preserved and benefited rare natural habitats. A bridge leads pedestrians and cyclists through the nature reserve or along the Rhein toward Bonn or Koblenz.