France-Bike, your partner for cycle trips invites you for cycling holidays along the romantic Rhine River and its tributaries Ahr and Erft. Your bike tour will begin in Bonn, the German capital while the Cold War Period which was also the home town of the musical mastermind Ludwig van Beethoven. From Bonn you are riding through the low mountain ranges of the Seven Mountains along the romantic Rhine to the ”Paradise of red wine” in the valley of the Ahr. You are now in one of the most beautiful regions of low mountain ranges in Germany. On your way you should definitely take a break in one of the lovely wine pubs along the cycle track. You will follow the Ahr until its spring in the town of Blankenheim in the Eifel. From here you will ride along the Erft which will lead you out of the low mountain range and into the Cologne Lowland which is one of the warmest regions in Germany. On your way you will discover many water-castles, fortresses and manors so that this cycle tour is full of beautiful and different nature as well as cultural highlights.
Day 1: Arrival in Bonn
Bonn is the native town of Beethoven. It has also been the German capital in times of the Cold War Period. We recommend you to arrive earlier to visit the town and its museums.
Day 2: Bonn - Remagen, ~25 km/14 miles
With the view on the “Seven Mountains” you cycle along the “Romantic Rhine” which has already inspired many painters and poets. Do visit the beautiful town Königswinter with its nice promenade and Germany’s oldest cog railway. Take the time to make a train ride to the legendary “Dragon’s Rock” with its castle-ruin. The legend says the once Siegfried, the hero of the “Nibelungenlied” killed the dragon who has been living on the rock. And after that the hero bathed in the dragon’s blood to become invulnerable.
Day 3: Remagen - Around Altenahr, ~40 km/25 miles
You cycle in the Ahr valley which is famous for its red wine. Passing by the famous spring of Apollinaris you will arrive in the spa-town Bad Neuenahr. Another highlight of this stage is the medieval town Ahrweiler with its city walls still completely existing. Riding on through small villages and towns that are famous for their wine-festivals you will arrive in Altenahr where you’ll spend the night.
Day 4: Around Altenahr - Blankenheim, ~50 km/31 miles
Today’s route leads you uphill in the North Eifel. Mostly on ancient railway tracks you’ll be riding through well-wooded region. You should make a little trip in one of the small side-valleys that you will find on your way. We propose you to visit the nature protection area of the Lampertstal, certainly one of the highlights along the Ahr Cycle Track.
Day 5: Blankenheim - Euskirchen, ~40 km/25 miles
After a short uphill-section you will be riding downhill to get to the source of the Erft river in the town Holzmülheim. From here you will pass by a lot of water mills on your way to Bad Münstereifel. This lovely small spa-town with its medieval town center with lots of museums and coffee bars is inviting you to stay for a while and to relax a bit. Well recovered you go on riding along your way which will lead you now out of the low mountain range of the Eifel to Euskirchen.
Day 6: Euskirchen - Brühl - Bonn ~60 km/38 miles
Today you will see not less than 25 water castles on your way, each in perfect conditions. You will also have the possibility to choose between some different alternative routes, so that in the end it is you who decides what will happen today.
Day 7: Departure or extra nights
6 nights in good middle class hotels or guest houses
detailed tour description with maps
tourist information concerning sights along the tour
self-guided tour - 7 days / 6 nights
arrival on Sunday
season I (585 €/person in double)
season II (+70 €/person)
"arrival any day“
possible 4 persons minimum. It's also possible for less than 4 persons but with a supplement of 55 €/person.
route (1)-(2): ~215 km/135 miles
easy tour in the flat and on signed bike paths and smaller roads without much traffic
how to get there
by car: motorway to Bonn
by train: station Bonn
by plane: airport Cologne or Bonn
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