A Tour of the Romantic Ahr Valley
Discover picturesque vineyards and villages along this beautiful tributary of the Rhine
Described by eighteenth-century European Romanticists as the 'wildest daughter of Father Rhine', the Ahr River, set in a deep gorge, winds its way through an ever-changing landscape of rolling green hills, rocky promontories, wildflower meadows and stout forests.
This small but idyllic corner of western Germany, to the north of the city of Bonn, is renowned for the quality of its red wines, and many of the Ahr Valley's fertile and south-facing hillsides are dominated by terraced vineyards.
Beneath the vine-clad slopes several charming and historic wine-producing villages hug the river's edge. Pretty Altenahr, overlooked by the ruins of the twelfth-century castle Burg Are, is notable for its beautiful half-timbered buildings and is a popular destination for wine buffs, particularly in the summer when this ancient village hosts its annual Weinsommer festival. Mayschoss sits at the foot of the imposing Monchberg (Monk Hill; this was once the site of an Augustinian monastery), where sun-kissed terraces have been carved into the curving hillsides, providing the perfect conditions for cultivating the village's precious harvest of Pinot Noir grapes. Further friendly Ahr Valley villages such as Walporzheim, Dernau and Rech each have their own historical, cultural and architectural treasures for visitors to discover, and a tour of the Ahr Valley provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy all that this romantic region of Germany has to offer.