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 Saffenburg was first mentioned in the 11th century and the home of the Saffenburg family. During the 17th century several occupations were responsible for the destruction of the castle. In 1704 the family was finally chased away and today only ruins remain of the castle. The castle offers stunning views onto the Ahr Valley and surrounding wine estates.
Walking around the center you will see the river and also a war memorial. The memorial is for the fallen locals in first and second world war.
You can up slightly uphill all the way up to this church, which is located at the edge of town. From up there you have a nice view over the vines.