Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Beautiful Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler on the Red Wine Trail of Germany

Last year in April I went to the Ahrweiler district in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. The nearest big city is Bonn. In this district you will find the River Ahr, which is a tributary of the Rhine River and the Eifel mountains. Also in this district you will find the ‘Red Wine Trail’ of Germany.

I did a little bit of hiking on the Red Wine Trail when I got interrupted with a searing headache. So that jaunt didn’t really ended up well and I had to cut it short after reaching Dernau and having a little wine break at an old monastery ruin called Weingut Kloster Marienthal. Luckily I had a paracetamol waiting back at my hotel.

Here is the short hike I did with breaktaking vineyard views in the Ahr valley:

Red Wine Trail: Ahrweiler to Marienthal
Red Wine Trail: Marienthal, Dernau and back to Ahrweiler

The capital of Ahrweiler is the twin towns Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler and the most beautiful between the two is the medieval fortified town of Ahrweiler. I had lunch here at the Kleinertz restaurant’s outdoor terrace on the market square with the St. Laurentius/Lawrence Church as my view. I also went walking around sightseeing the town and appreciating the charming half timber houses and their characteristic architectural details.

Surprisingly, I even managed to shop, haha! I bought a little sling bag which is perfect to use when travelling. I kind of like shopping this way during my travels, unplanned and spontaneous. Whatever I buy makes a great travel souvenir.

When people ask me where I bought the little bag, I have a story to tell—‘Oh this, I bought this in Ahrweiler where you can find the Red Wine Trail of Germany.’ =)

My driving route from Utrecht, Netherlands to Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler in Ahrweiler, Germany. It is not very far.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the pictures below.

Ahrweiler is a fortified town and some of the walls and ports are still standing tall.

You can see the vineyards peeking behind the walls and houses.

The City Museum (Museum d. Stadt Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler).

The St. Lawrence Cathedral.

The busy and pretty market square.

The town has many half-timber style houses.

One of the preserved remaining gate towers.

Shopping, cafe and restaurant alleys.

And beautifully styled historical buildings.

Another one of the remaining gate towers of Ahrweiler,

The German traditional dress -- Dirndl.

I am loving the architectural details of the houses here.

Travel Period: April 2015
Destination: Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Ahrweiler (Rhineland-Platinate), Germany

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