Auen Travel Guide

  • Wine house, wine and wine tasting en good food
    Wine house, wine and wine tasting en...
    by Henk.Irene
  • The village seen from the Kaulenberg.
    The village seen from the Kaulenberg.
    by Jerelis
  • Auen in a beautiful landscape
    Auen in a beautiful landscape
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Auen Things to Do

  • Kneipp-Anlage

    Maybe it´s weird, or maybe not? But we hiked the wine-mountains and when we returned to the village of Auen at the western part of the valley we ran into the Kneipp-Anlage of Auen.Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897) was a Bavarian priest and one of the founders of the Naturopathic medicine movement. He is most commonly associated with the 'Kneipp Cure'...

  • Wineranks of family Hees - The grape...

    During our tour through the wineranks we learned from our guide that the name Nahe is derived from the latin word Nava, which is based upon the Celtic origin for "the wild river". He also showed us the different grape varieties and the different wineranks, some extremely small, others really huge! When grown in the right locations the wine grapes...

  • Wineranks of family Hees - Two...

    The Hees family estate has there been ever since 1824. Usually the German wines are all produced around rivers, but the Hees wineranks are on 2 winemountains, the Auener Kaulenberg and the Auener Römestich. The great sites are extremely steep so they catch the most sunlight and so are difficult to hike properly. But these steep slopes of the region...


Auen Restaurants

  • "Your family home to ours!"

    It's always a warm welcome at Zum Jäger aus Kürpfalz where we enjoyed authentic German recipes passed down through eight generations of the Hees family. The restaurant captures the classic, longtime tradition that is best known as family style dining and features the "truly complete" family diners.We have been to the restaurant numerous of times...

  • Check this out!

    Come in and feel at home from the minute you arrive! It's not the official slogan used by the Hees family, but it might as well be. The "Jäger aus Kürpfalz" is situated at the edge of the Nature Park Soonwald and next to idyllic vineyards.Bothe breakfast and evening meals were excellent. The three course diner each night was a real treat, not only...

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  • Beertasting!

    Beer is one of the world´s oldest alcoholic beverages, possible brewed for the first time over 10.000 years ago. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad it always is a challenge to find a beer we like.German beer is highly diverse and an important part of German´s culture. There are around 1.300 breweries in Germany. They are all...

  • Winetasting - Oeps!

    Though there are a number of ways to approach a comparison tasting, we believe the best way is to involve each participant in the purchase of the wine they bring to the tasting. But the main thing is that a wine tasting is for everybody who wants to learn about wine.We guess that you don't have to know about wine other than the notion that you want...

  • Winetasting - The variety of wines!

    The family Hees explained it all and gave us a list of white and red grape varieties we were able to taste, like:* Rielsling;* Müller-Thugau;* Bacchus;* Gewürztraminer;* Portugieser;* Dornfelder;* Spätburgunder.We were also told everyting about the German wine classifications like:* Deutscher Tafelwein and Landwein;* Kabinett;* Spätlese;*...


Auen Transportation

  • Travelling with a little kid.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a car trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris to Auen by car, which is about a 500 km drive. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were...

  • Where to find Auen?

    We guess that this is a tip you really need, it's quite essential ...- Where to find the little village of Auen? -Wel ... here it is. It's in the Rheinlanphalz and just above the much larger city of Idar Oberstein. If you just drive your way up from there, you won't be able to miss it, because Auen will be visible on the road signs.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Auen Local Customs

  • Talk to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

  • The legend of the Jäger aus Kürpfalz

    How about this legend for a change? Whenever you're visiting the little village of Auen it's about impossible not to hear about the Jäger aus Kürpfalz (the hunter of Kürpfalz). The locals are willing to tell you all about it! Of course the tales of the legends are mystical, just like this one. Today the song of the Jäger aus Kürpfalz is sung mostly...

  • Federweisser.

    Federweisser, also known as Suser, Sauser or Junger Wein in the south western part of Germany, is a fermenting grape must. The term includes all stages of fermentation from must to finished wine.It´s made from the first harvest of wine grapes and therefore only available from white grapes and in general made from grapes that lack the potential to...


Auen Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

  • Reading a map

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Auen What to Pack

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    Travel light!

    by Jerelis Written Dec 1, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
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Auen Off The Beaten Path

  • Willigis Kapelle - The cementery.

    The close by cementary at the Willigis Kapelle isn´t as old as the chapel itself. The first funeral, and therefore the first tombstone, was is in 1685, about 550 years after the chapel was finished. Only inhabitants of Echweiler, Daubach, Auen and Soonwald were allowed to be burried here.Most of the tombstones at the cementary are ranked. It took...

  • Willigis Kapelle - Chapel in the woods.

    Wondering off to this remote area and the presence of the chapel and cementary gives you a good sense of its history. Starting off in 1128, the year the Geh in Kirche, nowadays calles Willigis Kapelle, was built.Many documents show the history of the chapel and some dates are important. In 1400 the chapel was renovated after a minor fire and some...

  • Willigis Kapelle - Amazing spot in the...

    For us the Willigis Kapelle (chapel) is one of our favorite places to visit whenever we are in Auen. It's situated in the beautiful woods of Soonwaldes at the northern part of the valley. It's quite a mystical place, not only because of the beautiful trees and its remote position, but mainly because of its history.Archbishop and chancellor Willigis...


Auen Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking - Soonwald / Spectacular...

    The Soonwald is one of the largest contiguous areas of forest in Germany. Its altitude is inbetween 400 up till 600 meters and has the highest peak at Ellerspring at 657 meters. The wooded area is well devoloped. It has over 800 kilometers of circular hiking paths with observation towers at the most beautiful spots which afford spectacular...

  • Hiking - Winemountains / Kaulenberg &...

    The two wine mountains of the family Hees are the Auener Kaulenberg and Auener Römerstich. It's one of the areas of Germany with the lowest amount of rain. It's great to hike this extensive and unaffected natural landscape. The Soonwald mountain range encompasses a large number independent nature preserves which are not only recreation areas, but...

  • Hiking - Winemountains / Extensive...

    After enjoying a wonderful night's sleep at pension/gasthaus Hees - and delicious breakfast - exploring area nature trails and sampling the local wines is a great way to see the sites. Be sure to order a picnic to enjoy along the way! And take a copy of the wine trail map that depicts not only the vineyards and wineries, but also the hiking areas...


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  • Just enjoying our stay!

    When we started to think about travelling plans for the autumn of 2004, we had a few things to consider. Our little daughter Iris was over 3 years old. Of course we wanted a place to visit for our own enjoyement, but needed something to do for Iris as well. Besides that Relinde was pregnant of Sam, so what to do?We took in mind that we didn't want...

  • Kirner Pils.

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Germany it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Kirner Pils.The...

  • The playing ground!

    We were pleasantly amazed by the fact that Auen is a little village that is very, very friendly for little kids.First of all (but we guess you'll find it anywhere) all the local people spoke to us about little Iris. She was about 3 years at that time. Everybody thought she was adorable and we were great parents to take such a sweet and young girl...


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