Ahr - Red Wine Hiking Trail
The red wine from the Ahr is legendary. This should be enough incentive to head out on foot through the dramatic landscape and find out for yourself. Our approximately three and a half hour hiking tour begins at Altenahr train station. From there the path leads towards Ahrweiler.
The first visual highlight is the ruins of Are Castle, built around 1100. A steep climb leads up here from the intersection of Tunnelstrasse and Rossberg. If you like, you can already take a break here and absorb the stunning view. Or alternatively, continue on to our actual goal, the Rotweinwanderweg or red wine hiking trail (RWW for short).
The castle, once built by Count Theoderich von Are, is a little off the path; however, the great view from the keep makes all efforts to climb the slate path worthwhile. We can also enjoy an impressive landscape panorama on our first stage along the “Altenahrer Eck”. Then it goes through a small mixed forest, which provides pleasant shade in summer. Mayschoß will soon be in front of us. We enjoy the view of this picturesque place nestling into the valley before we start the descent.
Hours walking time
Signs along route - 'Rotweinwanderweg' with picture of red grapes on white background
Predominantly solid and paved routes with numerous natural trails. Varies between forest and vineyards with beautiful views over the Ahr valley.
Parking available at the train station in Altenahr
Twin Hallen und Freizeitbad
Roemervilla – Pompeji des Ahrtals
Spielbank Bad Neuenahr
Most wine taverns in the Ahr are found along the Rotweinwanderweg, one of the most famous hiking trails in Germany. This panoramic trail has been running for 35 kilometers along all the major wine sites in the Ahr Valley since 1972.
The wine taverns should definitely not be missed, they are cosy and full of character and hospitality. Sometimes you sit in the winemaker's private living room - which becomes a dining room for four months of the year - sometimes in beautiful backyards on straw bales. These rustic stopovers are a quintessential part of the Ahr Valley.
The opening times vary here, usually a few weeks in May and / or June, then again in September and October. However, many stay open continuously from May to November.
Information can be found at www.rotweinwanderweg.de. The site is only available in German but there is still a lot of useful images and information.