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We had never heard of the place, even though it is very close to the Belgian border, and didn't know what to expect, but when we drove from the highway down the hills into Dernau, we knew we had made the right decision. There were vineyards all around us, and we could see the little Ahr river down in the valley.
We checked in to our hotel in Mayschoss, a little down the Ahr-Rotweinstrasse, the main road through the valley and received a walking map at the reception desk. We asked the girl for a suggestion and she drew a nice loop on the map, which, she said, 'wouldn't take more than 2 hours to do.'
It would take us a bit longer.
Back to the car to put on our walking shoes and off we went, down the road to the little church in Reimerzhoven, where we started the descent to the top of the hill.
On the top of the hill, our walking route (number 3 to be precise), joined the Rotweinwanderweg, a walking trail of about 35km. Here we were at many times overtaken by more experienced walkers, who would have probably managed this walk in 2 hours. But we took our time and stopped plenty of times to take pictures or just sit on a bench and enjoy the view.
The trail continued through the forest, where it was cooler and from time to time would go past more vineyards, always amazed by the view from so gigh on the hill.
Somewhere, halfway through the trip, we came across a cafe/restaurant, where we sat in the shade for a while and had a drink and a piece of pie.
And then it was off again, climbing on paths of shingles, trying to keep our footing at some points and then gratefully walking down again to the little village of Rech. Here we crossed the Ahr river and went for the last stretch of the walk, which was part of the Ahrtalweg. This again was mostly forest. At one point, we came close to the ruins of Saffenburg castle, but neither one of us could muster the strength to go check it out.
It was getting late and we were getting hungry, so we cut the walk short and made our way down to Mayschoss train station, which, conveniently, was also a restaurant.
Here we had a great dinner and well needed refreshments.
Afterwards, we walked along the main street back to the hotel for a good nights sleep.