Stage 5 - Kreuzberg - Walporzheim (14,5 km)

This 14.5 km long hiking trail runs directly past the Ahr hills Hornberg, Schrock, Koppen and together with the Lingenberg, the Teufelsloch and the Krausberg it leads through the most beautiful areas of the middle Ahr valley. The path offers the hiker with the magnificent views into the Ahr valley, on the villages and the steep vineyards again and again surprising and impressive experiences. Over natural paths, the path has in places the character of a climb and therefore requires surefootedness and good physical condition.

With a view of Kreuzberg Castle, the trail first leads uphill on a narrow path. The Teufelsloch (Devil's Hole) and the village of Altenahr can be reached via the marked access path. Back on the AhrSteig, the trail runs steadily uphill to the Schrock, where a narrow path leads to the lookout point. With a view of Mayschoß, the trail runs between forest and vines past the Saffenburg ruins to Rech. Here, a detour to the Saffenburg ruins is rewarded with a magnificent 360° panoramic view. Via Rech, the trail first leads into the vineyards, then continues along forest paths in the direction of Dernau. Over a rocky path and after a crisp climb, the landmark of Dernau, the Krausberg is reached. On the Krausberg tower, a magnificent panoramic view to far beyond the Ahr heights awaits you. Through mixed forest and along a serpentine path, the route goes downhill. Past the rocky outcrop "Bunte Kuh" on the opposite side, the stage destination Walporzheim is soon reached.

Between Altenahr and Mayschoß there is no access from the Ahr.

Surefootedness and sturdy shoes are required!

Difficulty: hard

Ascent: 561 m

Descent: 620 m

Duration: approx. 5 hrs.