not soo much off the Beaten Path..you pass through or by Remagen when driving towards Ahrweiler or Bad Neuenahr, many know from the Movies...the Bridge of Remagen.
the Appollinaris Church is worth visiting too.
well it was the last Bridge over the Rhein the german Army had not blown up, they needed a retreat....the am.Army an advance....who would be the first to get there? okay...you know the story.
Bad Neuenahr / Ahrweiler - Spa & Ahr Valley
From high above the Ahr valley you are looking out onto steep rock faces, narrow river slopes and the gentle highlands of the Rhenish Slate Mountains. Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is tucked away in a unique natural environment and embedded in vineyards of the Ahr valley. It is one town with two centres, the atmospheres of which could not be more diverse, but at the same time they create a charming and harmonious combination of new and old. The romantic half-timbered houses in the centre of Ahrweiler are surrounded by the medieval town walls, which are still entirely preserved, whereas in Bad Neuenahr you surrender to the exquisite flair of the spa town and the new art buildings, as well as the charm of the elegant salons of the casino and the extremely modern health and fitness centres.
Celts, Teutons, ancient Romans, Lords, Archbishops and the French settled one after the other in Ahrweiler. The medieval town walls with their moat, gates and towers built in the 13th century are still almost entirely preserved. The old town centre is a car-free zone, which offers you the opportunity of a relaxed walk around picturesque sleepy half-timbered houses.
The famous spa town Bad Neuenahr is characterized by the charming health quarter, the most beautiful bathing centre, the casino, the marvellous parks as well as the spa gardens with their beautiful old trees, and the river Ahr, which runs across the town.