The Ahr Valley

Altenahr Travel Blog

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In the morning, after an excellent breakfast, we checked out, put our stuff in the car and drove a few kilometers west to Altenahr.

Here we set off on our second walk, which was a lot easier and shorter than the previous day. We opted for local walking path number 1. Only 3km on mostly level terrain. The route wasn't as clearly marked as we had hoped, but we never got lost.

This time, we stayed in the woods, along the river Ahr, and with the temperature back up in the 30's, we were glad for the shade of the trees.

After about an hour of walking, we found ourselves back in the parking lot.

We drove to Ahrweiler, a little medieval town with restaured city gates, lots of tourists and a nice lay-back atmosphere.

Heimersheim wine festival
We walked around for a while and then had lunch outside a brasserie. We bought some wine and some small presents for back home, and then drove on to Heimersheim for the historical wine festival.

We had expected this to be much larger and somewhere in the back of my head I had been worried about traffic jams and finding a place to park. Instead we found a small town where basically 2 streets had been turned into a medieval market with stalls selling all kinds of stuff. The two streets intersected at the market square, where a stage had been set up and where we watched a medieval band called WirrWahr play. It was fun, but after they had finished their set, we came to the conclusion we had seen everything and needed to move on.

Not sure where to go next, we drove on to Koblenz, which was a traffic nightmare. Here we walked around some more, going all the way to Deutsches Eck, where the Moesel river and the Rhine come together. We had a bite to eat on the Jesuitenmarkt and then, because we were sick of the sun and tired from our walks, we got back in the car and drove home.

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Heimersheim wine festival
Heimersheim wine festival
Ahrweiler city gate
Ahrweiler city gate
Heimersheim wine festival
Heimersheim wine festival
Heimersheim wine festival
Heimersheim wine festival
Heimersheim wine festival
Heimersheim wine festival
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