Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

AhrSteig Stage 3: Aremberg to Insul (18.7 km)

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  • Auf schattigen Wiesenwegen nach Insul
    / Auf schattigen Wiesenwegen nach Insul
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Felsformation unterhalb der Schulder Hardt
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Ausblick auf Schuld
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Hahnensteiner Mühle bei Insul
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Herbstliche Stimmung im Ahrgebirge
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Schlossruine Aremberg
    Photo: Carolin Gemein, Dominik Ketz
  • / Bläke Fritz
    Photo: Carolin Gemein, Dominik Ketz
  • / AhrSteig bei Aremberg
    Photo: Michelle Harrichhausen, Ahrtal-Tourismus Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler e.V.
  • / Weg bei Aremberg
    Photo: Michelle Harrichhausen, Ahrtal-Tourismus Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler e.V.
  • / AhrSteig
    Photo: Michelle Harrichhausen, Ahrtal-Tourismus Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler e.V.
  • / AhrSteig im Grünen
    Photo: Michelle Harrichhausen, Ahrtal-Tourismus Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler e.V.
  • / AhrSteig Natur
    Photo: Michelle Harrichhausen, Ahrtal-Tourismus Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler e.V.
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The third stage is the longest and one of the most eventful. Right at the beginning it goes up to the Aremberg, the highest elevation of the entire Ahrgebirge.
19.1 km
5:56 h
510 m
840 m
Aremberg - Arenberg Castle Ruins - Eichenbach - Bläke Fritz - Streitenau - Chimney Chapel - Freilichtbühne - Schuld - InsulSteil up to Arenberg Castle Ruins - at 623 meters the highest point of the entire Ahr-Steig. Via steep forest paths you reach Eichenbach. Through the Eichenbacher forest and after crossing the Ahr follows a crisp climb over hidden trails to spectacular rock passageways and along rugged sandstone walls to fault. A detour to the chimney and the open-air stage worth. Continue on forest roads, up to the impressive rock massif of the Spicher Ley with imposing views of the Ahr valley leads the route over the last stage increase through forests and meadows down to Insul with the Hahnensteiner mill.

Author’s recommendation

On the way and on the way point there are plenty of stopover, but also overnight accommodations. On the way there are steep climbs and great rock passage. User
Hans-Joachim Schneider
Updated: December 09, 2019

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
604 m
Lowest point
219 m

Rest Stop

Restaurant im Landhotel Ewerts

Safety information

Sure-footedness on the rock tracks around the Schulder Hardt.

Tips, hints and links

Ahrtal-Tourismus Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler e.V.

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Tel: 0049 2641 9171-0

Fax: 0049 9171 9171-51





This is the stage 2 and stage 4


Aremberg (549 m)
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Turn-by-turn directions

Right at the beginning, the auspicious climb awaits us on the plateau of the Aremberg, one of the highest extinct volcanoes in the Eifel. Only overgrown walls, ditches and a mysterious alley suggest that once a mighty castle on the summit of the mountain enthroned. The - usually closed - observation tower comes from a later epoch. The key is in place. Near the tower we leave the plateau on a narrow path. Under our feet we feel the old stone of former castle walls. As soon as we come to a forest path, it goes downhill steadily down to Eichenbach. In the small picturesque village we visit the sandstone sculpture of Bläke Fritz. The quick-wittedness of this well-known for his humor throughout the Ahrtal Kesselflicker is preserved in a number of anecdotes. At the chapel of the 14 Nothelfer over it now goes up to the plateau of Mertesnück. On the left, the eye enjoys the wooded hills above the Dreisbachtal. And then we dive back into the forest. In wide bends we make the descent down into the valley of the Ahr, which we pass at the small hamlet Streitenau. Here begins one of the most beautiful, because most adventurous routes of the AhrSteigs. After a steep climb in the Schulder Hard, our path meanders along the partly steep slope over gently exposed rock cliffs and along vertical sandstone walls. We reach the idyllic village of Schuld located in the basin. Off the trail, the open-air theater and the chimney-chapel attract. Now it's time for a stop in one of the friendly pubs. After the break, we walk along the Ahrufer on a path from which we have a beautiful view of the wide Ahrschleife, which surrounds the old town center. Enough of the adventures? By far not. Once again it goes uphill through the beech forest uphill, until we have climbed the adventurous rock area of ​​the Spicher Ley. From here, our view to the west falls on the green of the surrounding meadows. In the background greets the Aremberg, from which we started in the morning. One last time we touch the outskirts of Schuld, then it goes back into the forest landscape, until we descend just before Insul to Ahrufer, which also welcomes us here with mighty sandstone cliffs on the opposite shore. On the Ufereinfassung the otherwise largely natural Ahr we reach the village with the strange-sounding name. It is probably derived from the island, because the place is said to have been once flown by a branch of the Ahr. Impressively beautiful is the lovingly restored stone bridge over the river.


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Getting there

A 61 von Norden: Meckenheimer Kreuz,weiter auf A 565 übergehend auf B 257 über Altenahr, Richtung Adenau/Nürburgring bis Dümpelfeld, dort rechts auf der L 73 über Antweiler nach Aremberg.

A 61 von Süden: Abfahrt Wehr; Richtung Nürburgring an der Hohen Acht über die L 10 Richtung Adenau und dann weiter auf der B 257 bis Dümpelfeld, dort links auf der L 73 über Antweiler nach Aremberg.

A 1 von Köln: Bliesheimer Kreuz auf der A 1 bis Autobahnende, weiter auf der L 304 bis Freilingen, dann links nach Lommersdorf und weiter nach Aremberg.


Parkplatz am Gemeindehaus in der Schulstraße. Wanderparkplatz am Ortseingang aus Richtung Antweiler sowie auf dem Wanderparkplatz in Aremberg, an der Kapelle in Eichenbach und in Schuld an der Kirche.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Wanderführer AhrSteig:

EAN: 9783934342620

Author’s map recommendations

AhrSteig Wandern - Topografische Wanderkarte 1 : 25 000

ISBN 978-3-942779-19-7


Sturdy shoes are recommended

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Jürgen Schwadorf 
June 22, 2020 · Community
Hinweis: Ich bewerte hier nur den Abschnitt vom Laufenbacher Hof bis Insul. (die letzen 11 km) Schöner Abschnitt des Ahrsteiges 3. Etappe , der die Bezeichnung "Steig" dann auch teilweise wirklich verdient. Tolle Felsformationen zum Teil mit leichter Kletterei. Trotz allem ist Asphaltanteil doch ziemlich hoch, daher ein Stern Abzug beim Weg: **** Vom Erlebniswert Abzüge durch das ständige Geknatter der Motorräder im Tal vor allem am Wochenende: *** => gesamt knappe ****. Tip: Im Spätherbst bzw. Frühjahr bei trockenem ! Wetter durch die freie Aussicht durch die Bäume durchaus reizvoll.
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510 m
840 m
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