Flying visit to the Ahr
The RheinBurgenWeg starts in the Brunnenstrasse in Bad Breisig and first heads for the Roman baths. After a refreshing drink from the fountain, you're ready to tackle the steep ascent to the Hahnen plateau with ease, and will be tempted to linger a while as you climb to admire the fantastic views of Bad Hönningen. Up on the Hahnen plateau, signposts point to a former Celtic settlement.
A little later you'll reach a shelter overlooking the Frankenbach Valley. This is followed by a very varied woodland section that also incorporates the "Avenue of Trees of the Year". The forest is interrupted by the Mönchsheide, a broad area of meadowland adjacent to a guest house, reached by a path.
Heading back in the forest, the RheinBurgenWeg now offers you a moment of calmness and tranquillity to let your mind wander. Eventually you'll come to the edge of the forest where a magnificent view of Sinzig and the Ahr Valley awaits you. The RheinBurgenWeg is diverting and varied as it descends along service roads to Sinzig where one is immediately welcomed by ancient remains of the town's ramparts. From the beautifully manicured park, you can now spot the basilica, which is interesting and definitely worth a visit.
Passing the Emperor Barbarossa Monument, continue on to the castle and follow the RheinBurgenWeg through tranquil residential areas to the banks of the River Ahr. Cross the footbridge to reach the other bank and follow the river upstream for a short way. The trail now continues over fields to Bad Bodendorf.
After crossing the B266 at the outskirts of the town, the RheinBurgenWeg passes through quiet streets, with the historic town centre on your left, linked by a path leading from the trail. The RheinBurgenWeg continues on as a steep path leading out into the open countryside and heads up above the village of Bad Bodendorf. The final section leading up to the Ahr plateau is very steep. There you'll be surprised by heath-like vegetation in a clearing beside a hut.
The RheinBurgenWeg leaves the forest, passing the Hubertushof and meanders through what feels like a primeval forest to the ruins of Waldburg Castle. With the best view of the Rhine Valley, climb down through a meadow to the first houses where footpaths lead to the B9. Leave the RheinBurgenWeg here and follow the road into the town centre of Remagen.