The Rotweinwanderweg (Red Wine Hiking Trail) leads from Bad Bodendorf to Altenahr. The trail is situated in about the middle of the slopes, thus high above the valley. The views are splendid.
The total length of the trail is 35 kms. There is no need, though, to do it all at once. You can enter and exit the trail near every village and train station. Comfy walking shoes. The Eastern part of the trail is well paved. Approaching Altenahr it may become rougher, soles with a good grip are useful.
AHRWEILER: Town Wall and Fortification: Ahrtor
The medieval fortifications of Ahrweiler, mostly 14th century, are remarkably well preserved. The 8 m high wall ring round the old town centre is still almost complete. Four gate towers serve as entrances and exits to all directions.
South of the old town, next to the Ahrtor (Ahr gate), a piece of the walkway inside the wall has been reconstructed and can be climbed.
Late Spring Daytrip to Ahrweiler
"Walls and Wine -- Ahrweiler!"
Medieval Ahrweiler used to be surrounded and protected by a water trench. Nowadays the water has gone and it's possible to surround the city walls on this wonderful path. Note the vineyards in the background.
Another view of Ahrweiler's town walls
Ahrweiler's towered gates -- in old times strongly defending -- nowadays strongly inviting!
Niederhustraße, inside Ahrweiler's town walls
There are so many neat details in Ahrweiler, it's such a pleasure just to keep walking through the streets and watching
Near Ahrweiler, the Ahr is a tranquil river
If you catch a really hot day, head for the banks of the river ahr -- the banks are lined with trees providing shade. It's possible to follow the river in this fashion all the way from Ahrweiler to Bad Neuenahr (2,5 km). The street is open for cars, but it's also an official bike track -- bikes clearly prevail!!!
Ahrweiler is a shopper's paradise with a still intact mixture of small, individually owned and managed shops.