I went to the Ahrweiler district in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. The nearest big city is Bonn. In this district you will find the River Ahr, which is a tributary of the Rhine River and the Eifel mountains. Also in this district you will find the ‘Red Wine Trail’ of Germany.
I did a little bit of hiking on the Red Wine Trail when I got interrupted with a searing headache. So that jaunt didn’t really ended up well and I had to cut it short after reaching Dernau and having a little wine break at an old monastery ruin called Weingut Kloster Marienthal. Luckily I had a paracetamol waiting back at my hotel.
Here is the short hike I did with breaktaking vineyard views in the Ahr valley:
Red Wine Trail: Ahrweiler to Marienthal
Red Wine Trail: Marienthal, Dernau and back to Ahrweiler
The capital of Ahrweiler is the twin towns Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler and the most beautiful between the two is the medieval fortified town of Ahrweiler. I had lunch here at the Kleinertz restaurant’s outdoor terrace on the market square with the St. Laurentius/Lawrence Church as my view. I also went walking around sightseeing the town and appreciating the charming half timber houses and their characteristic architectural details.
Surprisingly, I even managed to shop, haha! I bought a little sling bag which is perfect to use when travelling. I kind of like shopping this way during my travels, unplanned and spontaneous. Whatever I buy makes a great travel souvenir.
Ahrweiler is a fortified town and some of the walls and ports are still standing tall.
The City Museum (Museum d. Stadt Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler).
The St. Lawrence Cathedral.
The busy and pretty market square.
The town has many half-timber style houses.
One of the preserved remaining gate towers.
Shopping, cafe and restaurant alleys.
And beautifully styled historical buildings.
Another one of the remaining gate towers of Ahrweiler,