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.
The valley of the river Ahr, which is wide and lovely around Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, turns into a steep gorge if you go further upstream. At Altenahr it is almost canyon-like. There is a smooth paved bike&hike path on both sides of the river which allows an easy walk.
An essential part of each and every spa town is always the Kurpark - a lovely, well kept park close to the spas, flat and easy to walk even for people who are sick or handicapped (well these are the main clientele of a spa town).
Here people go for a walk, meet, watch the flowers and the birds and each other.
The walkway along the river Ahr invites for a short walk near the center of Bad Neuenahr. It is, though, part of the bike&hike trail that leads all along the river. If you set out a bit further you'll get away from the crowds quickly.
Please don't feed the ducks. They get more than enough food which isn't healthy for them at all. Besides, this attracts rats, who will happily eat the leftover bread crumbs - and the little ducklings.
We paid Euro 15 for a cellar tour & 6 wine tastings at this fabulous estate.
The junior vintner was able to converse in both English & German.
At this small wine estate the focus is on quality not quantity.
The majority of the wines I liked especially the pinot noir Innovation. I purchased a bottle although it was a bit pricey.
One can enjoy a light snack such as cheese cubes in the dining room.
There are only 3 towns in Germany whose mediaevel walls are preserved in their entirety. The most famous one no doubt is Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber. Ahrweiler cannot fully cope with any of these. However, it still has the looks and feels of a nice German country town where locals do their shopping, whereas Rothenburg -- I hate to say it -- feels like Disneyland. Especially, if you happen to be a wheelchair user: Rothenburg for wheelchaired folks sucks, Ahrweiler is much better in that regard. I would also go so far as to say that the cuisine is cheaper but also invariably better than in Rothenburg and similar tourist traps. There is some outstanding quality in the Ahr valley -- for very reasonable prices.
This is what you come here for! You can either just have a wine and a snack in the small winery or take a tour which includes tasting 6 wines and explanations (also in English if you want) of different types of wine and the production process.
The tour cost per person was 15 Euro.
Make sure you come by train, so that you can taste more....
Another beautiful trail follows the course of the Ahr River. Signposted with an "A" it continues along the Ahr Valley floor, passed the river, sometimes along the hills and is another scenic way to explore thie part of the world.
The Red Wine Hiking Trail starts in the town of Altenahr with the hike up to the Castle Are. From there one simply follows the sign posted trail that continues for 35 km to the town of Bad Bodendorf. The trail moves through the various wine estates and at times also passes through shady forests.
En-route one can always retrun to the valley below and return to the starting point by rail.
I did this trail on a Sunady during the harvest season and was delighted to find lots of wine stalls that offered samples of the wines of the region.
The delightful medieval town of Ahrweiler is a popular spa for visitors and apparently has the only alkaline springs in Germany. It is scenically situated in the Ahr Valley on the banks of the River Ahr.
One of the attractions is an appealling 13th century gate that leads you into the village. There are also many well preserved half timbered buildings.
There is much effort expended in making Ahrweiler attractive. Strolling in nice weather would be pleasnt but we had a dull day at best and off-season as well. There are plenty of restored houses, half-timbered ones, others with projecting upper levels, some very redone (like the closed modern art museum) and a crisp (closed) parish church in the Marktplatz with a decorated side door. The cobblestone streets were carefully laid for heavy (pedestrian) traffic, and most of the shops sported outside racks in hope of sales, but the weather and season made Ahrweiler virtually tourist free
From the accounts of other VT members Casinos are not compatible with our addiction; maybe this should be a Tip under "Warning or Danger", It is only an excuse for downloading some pictures. We encountered it because we parked in city garage nearby. A Casino at 1PM is like a funeral parlor at 4PM, so there was lots of parking space. We only looked at the outside, but did use the ATM. We could also have used its bank which stays open beyond usual banking hours.
To escape the rain and the cold damp wind, we decided to explore the City Museum (Museum der Stadt Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler). (fee). In 20 minutes we had seen it all. There were a couple of stone scultures of the 16C by unknown workers and some worn carved wood figures for church use of the same period or earlier. The finest piece was a scene probably from a tomb location of "Christ stumbling on the way to Calvary", typical of the early 16C. (There are many of these around, but youcanget close to this one in its glass casing. Aside from some utility peices of pottery from various time, the rest dealt with a graphic history of the town which was beyond our meager German.
Just across Altenbaustrasse from the City Museum is the "ancient" synagogue (1896). Its preservation is a measure of the German angst or guilt or something. It is not used for worship but is employed in some cultural functions. ( A pamphlet we found cited a"Museumnacht", two days hence, in which it was to be one of the venues).When we lived in Little Rock, Ark. in the 1960's, the Jewish community there sold their downtown synagogue(and land). It was from 1860 and was the first one built west of the Mississippi. It was very pretty and a "National Landmark". It was demolished and replaced by a 20+ story bank and office tower. The procedes funded a fine modern religious center in a fashionable suburb (of course attendance was markedly increased).
like ..Bungy jumping.....it's more for the 'sedate'holiday seeker with great taste buds..the wine and good food lovers, even when he/she comes on a bike tour,and for all who love a great drop, a sobering stroll or longer walk along the Elz clears the head and makes you fit again,or you could kayjaking down stream..but that is all you get on activities