Fahrradtour durch die Weinberge im Ahrtal, © Ahrtal Tourismus Bad Neuenahr Ahrweiler e.V.

Ahr cycle route

Act­ive travel between the Eifel and Rhine re­gions

The Ahr cycle route winds its way over 80 kilo­metres through one of the most beau­ti­ful vine­yard re­gions in the coun­try, and is a good des­tin­a­tion for a sporty day trip with a a re­lax­ing glass of wine to fin­ish the tour.

The start­ing point is already the first at­trac­tion. At the source of the Ahr river, which bubbles out un­der a half-timbered build­ing in the his­tor­ic town centre of Blanken­heim, cyc­lists start their tour through the Eifel through to the con­flu­en­ce of the river with the Rhine at Sin­zig. Over short or longer stages, the route nev­er leaves the wa­ter, through a unique nat­ur­al and cul­tur­al land­scape, with vine­yards, forests, im­pos­ing pan­or­a­mas, small his­tor­ic towns, bridges and via­ducts.

There is no need to worry about chal­len­ging up­hill climbs. The max­im­um as­cent is an alti­tude of just 150 meters. Oth­er­wise, the Ahr cycle route travels over dis­used rail­way tracks and as­ph­al­ted cycle and field tracks. For this reas­on, it is also suit­able for fam­il­ies with chil­dren and less well-trained cyc­lists plan­ning a day trip or a short hol­i­day in the ro­mant­ic Ahr val­ley.

It is cer­tainly worth stop­ping along the way to take in the views. One of these is the “Eifel­blick Kal­vari­en­berg” (Eifel view from Cal­vary hill) near Alendorf. Here, at the south­ern­most point in North Rhine-West­phalia, vis­it­ors can en­joy not only un­usu­al views onto the Eifel moun­tains and the Dol­lendorf lime­stone ri­ver­bed. The verd­ant ju­ni­per ve­get­a­tion and more than 30 types of orch­id, gen­tian, au­tumn cro­cuses and nu­mer­ous kinds of but­ter­fly which live in the Lampertstal nature con­ser­va­tion area at­tract loc­al res­id­ents and vis­it­ors to the area to the Kal­vari­en­berg hill every year.

Cyc­lists will need to bring enough wa­ter with them to quench their thirst. However, a glass of wine is nat­ur­ally also an op­tion, with a re­lax­ing end to the day in one of the tra­di­tion­al tav­erns and winer­ies along the way.


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Fahrradtour durchs Grüne im Ahrtal, © Ahrtal Tourismus Bad Neuenahr Ahrweiler e.V.
Fahrradtour durch die Weinberge im Ahrtal, © Ahrtal Tourismus Bad Neuenahr Ahrweiler e.V.
Fahrradfahrer im Herbst im Ahrtal, © Ahrtal Tourismus Bad Neuenahr Ahrweiler e.V.
Hahnensteiner Mühle, © Tourist-Info HocheifelNürburgring
An der Ahrquelle in Blankenheim, © Eifel Tourismus Dominik Ketz
Burg Blankenheim nah, © Eifel Tourismus Dominik Ketz
Eifelmuseum Blankenheim, © Eifel Tourismus Dominik Ketz
Weiher in Blankenheim, © Eifel Tourismus Dominik Ketz

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