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.