This hike takes you up the beginning of the Ahr Valley from Sinzig to Bad Neuenahr. This stretch was once part of the ancient Imperial Coronation Road, from Frankfurt to Aachen. Until the end of the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperor would journey up to Aachen before or after being crowned emperor.
The Drachenfels is the northern gate to the Middle Rhine Valley. Sitting high above the Rhine are two dramatic castles. The 19th-century Drachenfels palace and the ruins of the once mighty Drachenfels castle. Both are open to the public, and this hike is all about hiking to and around them while getting the best views of the Rhine Valley.
One of the highlights of the Ahr Valley is the dramatic ruins of the Saffenburg, a large fortress, and residence of the Saffenburg County. The fortress resisted countless sieges from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century, when it was systematically blown up. This hike takes you through the steep gorge of the Ahr as it navigates around the cliff that the Saffenburg rests on.