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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 5

AhrSteig Stage 5: Kreuzberg to Walporzheim (17.2 km)

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  • Altenahr
    / Altenahr
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  • / Aussicht Alfred-Dahm-Turm
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  • / Krausberg
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  • / Krausberg-Turm
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  • / Bewirtung Krausberg
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  • / Schilder Etappe 5
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  • / Brücke zur Steinbergsmühle
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  • / Bahnhof Altenahr
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  • / Langfigtal
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  • / Blick von Saffenburg nach Rech
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m 400 300 200 100 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Krausbergturm in Dernau Fotomotiv Bilderrahmen … Krähhardt Krausberg Teufelsloch Langfigtal Nepomuk-Brücke

Current information! Please note! The AhrSteig is not passable in large sections due to the flood disaster in the district of Ahrweiler. Many paths have been washed out, there are dangerous slope slides and falling trees. Many villages and towns along the Ahr have been flooded and in some cases severely destroyed.


This is the most spectacular and difficult stage with its fantastic views, natural paths and adventurous climbs. We wish you much pleasure!

Distance 17.8 km
7:20 h
530 m
590 m
381 m
115 m
"Rocks, castles, water and wine" - the stage leads through one of the most beautiful areas of the middle Ahr Valley and offers breathtaking views of the winegrowing Ahr valley and far beyond the Ahrhöhen. For the most part you walk on natural paths, stretch-wise, the way climbing character and therefore requires the walker sure-footedness and good condition. With a view of the Kreuzberg Castle, the path initially leads uphill on a narrow path. Surefootedness is required on the section through the spectacular rock landscape around the Teufelsloch near Altenahr. A varied ascent leads to Krähhardt and Teufelslei. Between forest and vine the way leads past the Saffenburg ruin to Rech. The detour to the ruin Saffenburg is rewarded with a magnificent 360 ° panoramic view around Mayschoß. Along the Ahr the path leads to Dernau. Steep uphill over a ravine, later on a rocky path, the landmark of Dernau, the Krausberg is reached. From Krausbergturm offers a magnificent panoramic view far beyond the Ahrhöhen out. Through mixed forest, downhill on a serpentine path, past the ledge "Bunte Kuh", the stage destination Walporzheim is reached.

Author’s recommendation

If the white flag is blowing on the Krausberg tower, then the Eifelverein Dernau invites you to home-made delicacies in the hut on the Krausberg.
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Hans-Joachim Schneider
Update: January 06, 2022
Highest point
381 m
Lowest point
115 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Weinmanufaktur Walporzheim
Jagdhaus Rech

Safety information

Sure-footedness and head for heights are required at several passages

Tips and hints

Ahrtal-Tourismus Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler e.V.


853474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

Tel: (02641) 9171-0

Fax: (02641) 9171-51




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Train station Kreuzberg (174 m)
50.506252, 6.977798
50°30'22.5"N 6°58'40.1"E
32U 356607 5596873


Hiking car park Josefbrücke in Walporzheim

Turn-by-turn directions

Overlooking Kreuzberg Castle, cross the Bahnhofstraße and Ahrbrücke after 500 m, immediately after the railroad crossing, turn right onto a narrow forest path up to the Lingenberg. Through abandoned, former vineyards, the path leads to a small way chapel - with a view of the left Ahrhöhen and the starting point at the station Kreuzberg - here then continue in the left bend below the Horn down to the outskirts of Altenburg. On the top left you can already see the next destination, the rocky ridge with the Devil's Hole, and after a short climb you reach the crossroads above the Jugendgästehaus Altenahr. Here you continue on the left narrow path, first in several loops upwards, then along a rock ledge on the ridge along and leads - always accompanied by beautiful views of Altenburg and Kreuzberg and the already traversed area - after 400 m to easily overlooked branch to devil's hole. Here it continues on the left narrow path, first in several loops upwards, then along a rock ledge on the ridge along. Wonderful views of Altenburg and Kreuzberg and the area that has already traveled through accompany the way. After 400 m you will come to the easily overlooked branch. The detour to the Devil's Hole leads to the right of the path, first over irregular steps with a short climb over a rocky path through the rock hole. From Teufelsloch offers a breathtaking view of Altenahr, Castle Are, the Ahrschleife with the Langfigtal, the opposite Engelsley, and in the distance behind the Krausbergturm.Zurück on the AhrSteig the path leads over the rocky ridge to the lookout point Black Cross, further down to the Ahr past the towering rocks of the Engelsley and through the road tunnel on the right Ahrseite. Here begins the varied ascent up to the Krähhardt and Teufelslei, initially through earlier terraces of wine, then soon in serpentines to the clear plateau above the Ahrschleife. Left through the saddle between Teufelslei and Schrock you walk on the narrow but promising Marienruhweg on the steep slope of the Schrocks on, now overlooking Mayschoss and between forest and vineyards past the Saffenburg ruin to Rech. The detour to the ruin Saffenburg worthwhile. Here you have a wonderful panoramic view of Mayschoss, the course of the river Ahr and the surrounding villages. Shortly before the first houses of Rech the path turns left, through vineyards it goes down to the Ahr and over the Nepomukbrücke on the left Ahrseite to Dernau to Steinbergsmühle. Over the bridge to the right Ahrseite you walk past the Jodokuskapelle over a longer section steeply up to the crossroads, which leads left towards Krausberg. In the left-hand bend, turn off to the right-ascending sunken path and after a short distance change to the left-hand branching trail, which climbs through rocks - past a vantage point - to the Krausberg, the highest point of the hike at 395 m. From the tower offers a terrific you can enjoy a beautiful 360 ° panoramic view, with good views to Cologne Cathedral. The remaining 4 km long section leads through mixed forest to the Alfred Dahm tower; From this 1929 built in honor of the founder of the Eifelverein Ahrweiler tower overlooking the right bank of the Rhine Siebengebirge. The path now continues northwards towards Felssporn above Walporzheim and via 19 hairpin bends the path quickly descends to the Ahrtalweg. After a short distance, the trail continues below Katzenley along the right bank of the Ahr. The stage ends at the Wanderparkplatz at the Josefbrücke in Walporzheim.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Met de Ahrtalbahn naar Altenahr-Kreuzberg

Getting there

A61 from the north: Meckenheimer Kreuz, continue on the A565 to the B257, via Altenahr to Kreuzberg.

A61 from the south: Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler motorway junction, continue on A573 and B266 to Walporzheim, via B257 to Altenahr to Kreuzberg.


At Altenahr railway station - KreuzbergHiking car park Josefbrücke Walporzheim


50.506252, 6.977798
50°30'22.5"N 6°58'40.1"E
32U 356607 5596873
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Hiking guide AhrSteig

EAN: 97839342620

Author’s map recommendations

AhrSteig Hiking - Topographical Hiking Map 1 : 25 000


Sturdy footwear

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Deportivo Zeolite 
May 14, 2021 · Community
Mit der Bahn sehr gut erreichbar. Sehr schöne, aber auch durch die kräftigen Steigungen anstrengende Strecke. Rund um das Teufelsloch war es sehr voll.
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When did you do this route? May 13, 2021
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Jürgen Sonnemeyer 
December 01, 2020 · Community
Mehrere Abschnitte des Ahrsteiges haben wir im September als kleine Gruppe begangen. Der Weg ist nicht superschwer, er darf aber keinesfalls unterschätzt werden. Schmale und steile Stellen, zum Teil mit Drahtseilen, erfordern Trittsicherheit. Sie sind aber auch das Salz in der Suppe. Diese Etappe ist besonders schön und abwechslungsreich. Die Bahn im Tal erleichtert die Logistik. Flussaufwärts wird es ohne die Bahn schwieriger.
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When did you do this route? September 22, 2020
Kilian Muth
November 27, 2020 · Community
Super abwechslungsreiche Wanderung. Perfekt ausgeschildert. In Kombinationit der Bahn eine mega Tour. Verlängert an der Ahr entlang bis nach Hause (Bad Neuenahr).
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17.8 km
7:20 h
530 m
590 m
Highest point
381 m
Lowest point
115 m
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