The Ahr cycle path — through the Eifel in 3 stages

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The Ahr cycle path — through the Eifel in 3 stages

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2-3 days
1-2 h / day
50.4 mi
1,975 ft
3,425 ft

From the source in Blankenheim, the Ahr cycle path winds its way through the Eifel to the Rhine. Following the river the entire way, it goes through a charming landscape of wooded hills and green meadows. As you pedal, you'll ride by picturesque vineyards, spectacular rock formations, pretty castles, charming towns, cozy wine villages, old bridges — and you'll experience the true variety of this region.

The 46-mile (75-kilometer) long Ahr cycle path begins in Blankenheim at the source of the Ahr, which bubbles out of an old half-timbered house. From its source, it accompanies the river to its mouth into the Rhine near Kripp, a district of Remagen. Taking you downhill the entire way, the cycle path is very easy to ride, and it's best completed over three stages. If you only have one weekend, however, you can also combine the last two stages and complete the ride a little more quickly.

As you go, you'll find comfortable overnight accommodation options at all stage destinations. You'll also find numerous restaurants and cafes en route. On your ride along the Ahr, you will also pass through Germany's largest red wine growing area, where you will find many wineries that also invite you in for a quick break.

You can easily reach the start and finish of the Ahr cycle path by train. The approximately three-mile-long (five-kilometer-long) stretch from Blankenheim (Wald) station to the source of the Ahr is included in the first stage so that you can simply start cycling. At the end of the cycle path, there are two railway stations that can be considered for departure: Sinzig or Linz on the Rhine.

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    22.9 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,200 ft
    2,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Ahr cycle path starts in Blankenheim at the Ahrquelle. So that you can get there easily, we have you the way from about five kilometers away Blankenheim (forest) station built into this first stage. From the train station, you cycle slightly uphill just before Blankenheim, after that it almost all goes downhill on the entire stage.At the source of the Ahr you must first marvel, because the water does not simply gush out of the ground, but from an old house. Through a grid, you can look into the basement of the half-timbered house and see where the spring springs from. From there you drive out of Blankenheim and into the nature reserve "Obere Ahr with Muehlheimer Bach, Reetzer Bach and Muehlenbach System". Here you will find beautiful bike paths, where you cycle through cool forests and picturesque countryside with beautiful nature. Your faithful companion is the Ahr, on whose banks the cycle path meanders through the valley lined with shallow hills.On the way to the waypoint, you pass through small places where you can take a break and strengthen yourself. In debt, the stage of today's stage, several hotels and inns are available to you as overnight accommodation. And if you still have energy, worth a hike to the viewpoints south of debt, from which you have a beautiful view of the Ahr and the Eifel.

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    12.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    450 ft
    725 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it's almost downhill again, so you can roll yourself comfortably on this easy leg. Ideal conditions to enjoy the varied route and its exciting highlights to the fullest.The wonderful to ride Ahr bike path follows again directly to the river. It leads you through the Ahr Valley, which is bordered by a lovely, hilly forest and meadow landscape. Here and there he takes you through charming places that offer to rest and stop.The last section of the stage will be particularly varied, as the route will take you over beautiful bridges with magnificent views of the Ahr, which is picturesquely framed by untouched nature. Steep rock walls, through which old tunnels pass, beautiful castles on high cliffs and the beautiful vineyards of the largest closed red wine growing region in Germany will astonish you on this section.The stage destination Mayschoß is waiting for you with cozy accommodation and refreshments. At the end of the day, take a walk through the vineyards. You will definitely come to one or the other winery, where you can enjoy one of the regional red wines.

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  • Easy
    14.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    325 ft
    700 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As spectacular as the previous stage has stopped, the last leg of the Ahr cycle path continues today. From Mayschoß you cycle through an exciting, old railway tunnel, which leads through the middle of the huge rock on which the castle stands.On the other side, you will drive past an old railway line past picturesque vineyards that stretch on your left. To the right, wooded hills line the bike path. After passing by the impressive rock formation "Bunte Kuh" and the monastery of Kalvarienberg, you can dive into the town of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, which stretches along the Ahr. Here it is worth a detour to the center, which offers a good place to rest.Otherwise, the ride continues for you directly on the river bank further east, where the Ahr flows into the Rhine at Kripp. There is a bridge over the Ahr. From the bridge you can watch the Ahr flowing into the Rhine. A beautiful place to say goodbye to the river that you have accompanied from the source in an old half-timbered house in Blankenheim to here.For the trip home, you have the opportunity to cycle from the mouth to about two and a half kilometers away Sinzig station or take the ferry from Kripp to Linz on the Rhine and take the train there.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    50.4 mi
  • Duration
    05:13 h
  • Elevation
    1,975 ft3,425 ft

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The Ahr cycle path — through the Eifel in 3 stages