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Castles, wine and trails — a weekend in the Ahr valley

Dominik Ketz | www.ahrtal.de

Castles, wine and trails — a weekend in the Ahr valley

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot



12:12 h

74.9 mi

9,125 ft

Bizarre rocky landscapes alternate with lush vineyards. Castle towers peek out atop every hill. Dusty trails and gravel paths wind through the landscape. And a river meanders through it all. This must be somewhere in France, Spain or Italy—a holiday in an exotic corner of Europe. And while that assumption is fair, it couldn't be further from the reality: We're still in Germany, smack-bang in the middle of it—we're in the middle of the Eifel, in the Ahr Valley: Germany's red wine paradise. And all this barely a stone's throw away from cities like Cologne, Bonn and the rest of the Ruhr area.

On paper, the Ahr valley is really nothing special. The hills are not unusually high, the cities rather small and the river after which everything is named relatively unimpressive in size. But even the Romans appreciated what the Ahr valley really has to offer. This mix of sunny climate, steep vineyards, countless castles, rugged rocky landscapes, historic towns and wildly romantic meadows and forests. And it's this that makes the Ahr valley the perfect destination for your weekend bike trip.

The Rides
We start in the wine village Altenahr, the most famous and busiest place in the Ahr valley, where there is always something going on. Here, whether spring is being welcomed or autumn celebrated, a wine festival is always possible, and it's the perfect place to set up your camp with innumerable accommodation options to hand. And this is where our rides start and end.

The Ahr valley is a really interesting area for biking: There are many steep, technically demanding trails that offer a lot of elevation so that you should even prepare yourself for an Alpine style of riding. But, of course, there are also moderate routes that are suitable for a relaxed ride. We have put together three rides for you which represent a good mix. Enough for a long weekend - the right one for every taste and riding style.

Bike & Stuff
A normal all-mountain or enduro bike is absolutely fine. However, some trails are technically demanding. Beginners should, therefore, be prepared to descend from time to time. However, as we all know, you only really learn by doing, with each challenge propelling your skills forward leaps and bounds.

Get there
Altenahr is about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Bonn and therefore easily accessible by car. But you can also get there quickly and easily by train. There is a direct train connection from Bonn if you'd prefer to leave your car at home.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    23.5 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,150 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Ahr valley is characterized by its steep slopes, which delight the winemakers as well as mountain bikers. They can not get enough of the tight serpentines and many technical trails that meander along the river, where you can always get a fantastic view. But the Ahr Valley is not always demanding

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  • Difficult
    31.1 mi
    6.0 mph
    4,300 ft
    4,300 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Of our three tour suggestions through the Ahr valley, this is the most demanding. It goes up or down permanently, you hardly go through the plane. At about 39 kilometers, just under 1000 meters of altitude come together. This meandering the route always along the Ahr, which always gives you a wonderful

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  • Difficult
    20.3 mi
    5.9 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this tour, the Ahr valley shows its most beautiful side, but also of its demanding. The trails are sometimes quite beautiful in itself and are technically as well as in terms of height profile quite demanding: After all, you make flat on the just 33 kilometers around 870 meters.


    But be sure: you will

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    74.9 mi
  • Duration
    12:12 h
  • Elevation
    9,125 ft

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