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Red Wine Trail from Bad Bodendorf to Altenahr

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Wonderful tours through the middle of the vineyard terraces of the red wine paradise Ahr offer not only fantastic views, but also an insight into Germany's most famous red wine growing region.
Distance 36.4 km
10:24 h
800 m
891 m
299 m
72 m
Here you can look over the shoulder of the winegrower during the grape harvest. There you can see many hard-working hands at work. What you always wanted to know about the grape harvest? Talk to the experts in the vineyard and find out. The red wine hiking trail in the Ahr Valley makes it possible. Wonderful tours through the vineyard terraces of the red wine paradise not only offer fantastic views. They also provide an insight into one of Germany's best-known red wine-growing regions. The route through the "paradise of red grapes" is also a local information tour. The picturesque hiking trail leads from Altenahr to Bad Bodendorf, is 35,000 metres long and connects the wine villages above the romantically situated riverbed of the Ahr.

Author’s recommendation

Those who want to enjoy a glass of Ahr wine or take a break in between will reach the wine village of their choice via the respective descent.
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Michelle Harrichhausen
Update: October 14, 2022
Highest point
299 m
Lowest point
72 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Weingut Mönchberger Hof
Monastery ruin Marienthal
Förster's Weinterrassen
Hotel-Restaurant Zur Post
Restaurant Ruland
Hohenzollern Hotel & Restaurant
Restaurant Haus Caspari
Sebastian 1520
Dagernova Culinarium & Weinstube
Klosterruine Marienthal mit Weingut
Gasthaus Assenmacher

Safety information

Do not walk too close to the edge of the path.


Altenahr railway station (163 m) (163 m)
50.515842, 6.990759
50°30'57.0"N 6°59'26.7"E
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Train station Bad Bodendorf

Turn-by-turn directions

From the bus stop Altenahr-Mitte at the Altenahr town hall, we follow the sign to the red wine hiking trail. A red grape will show us the way all the way to Bad Bodendorf.We first head uphill until we are below Are Castle (1), whose mighty tower towers over the Ahr valley. If we turn right, we come up a winding path to the ruins 113 m above the valley. From here we have a magnificent view of the river below us. Back on the marked path, we pass the "White Cross". Pass it on the left and follow the rather wide path upwards. The small Michaelskapelle (Chapel of St. Michael) is enthroned on a promontory high above Mayschoß. Continue parallel to the slope through the forest. At a small tributary of the Ahr, turn right and follow the stream downhill into the vineyards, the traditional Mayschoß vineyards. Mayschoß is home to the oldest winegrowers' cooperative in the world. On the opposite hill, surrounded by vines, we see the remains of the Saffenburg (2). We walk a little way among the vines until we see the monument to Saint Roch, the patron saint of red wine growers, who watches over the vineyards. Continuing along the signposts, we pass through a rocky narrow pass shortly before the Heinz-Korbach-Rast lookout point. With a view of the Ahr loops, we follow the grape marker parallel to the slope through the vineyards. Above Dernau, we finally pass the Dr.-Karl-Näkel-Hütte. At the next two forks, we keep to the right and finally turn right at a wayside shrine. The winding path leads us over the country road and further through the vineyards until we finally reach the first houses of Dernau.As before, we follow the trail markings that lead us above the wine village and over vineyards to Marienthal. In the north of Marienthal we pass an old bunker. At the monastery ruins, we go up to the left and now climb the Trotzenberg via serpentines. Passing the farms "Försters Wein-Terrassen" and the Altenwegshof, it is worth taking a detour to the lookout tower "Bunte Kuh".At the "Hohenzollern" hotel, we finally reach the viticulture nature trail (3), where 31 display boards provide information about viticulture in the Ahr valley. We continue following the signs and pass the Roemervilla Museum (4) at the entrance to Ahrweiler. There you can marvel at the remains of an old Roman villa. Here we have covered about half of the total distance. Above Ahrweiler we continue through the vineyards and along the Silberberg and pass the "Seilpark Mittelrhein". In a detour, we reach a beautiful winegrower's chapel after a short while.Above the twin town of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, we follow the signs, cross the A573 motorway on a bridge and continue walking along the slope in an easterly direction. Shortly before the A61, we pass the Apollinaris fountain (5) at the company of the same name, from where the famous mineral water is distributed all over the world. In front of us we now see the Landskrone ruins (6) on the basalt cone near Heppingen, visible from afar. At the foot of the 270 m high mountain is the "Heppinger Brunnen". Here, the inhabitants of the surrounding communities can help themselves to the Apollinaris healing water free of charge.Above Heimersheim, the trail then continues via Lohrsdorf mostly along the edge of the forest. On the Heerweg, we finally reach the railway station in Bad Bodendorf. The Red Wine Trail can of course also be hiked from here.


Stages of the Red Wine Trail:

Altenahr - Mayschoß 4.4 km
Mayschoß - Rech 2.1 km
Rech - Dernau 1.8 km
Dernau - Marienthal 4.2 km
Marienthal - Walporzheim 3.0 km
Walporzheim - Ahrweiler 3.2 km
Ahrweiler - Bad Neuenahr 7.4 km
Bad Neuenahr - Heppingen 3.0 km
Heppingen - Heimersheim 1.2 km
Heimersheim - Lohrsdorf 1.3 km
Lohrsdorf - Bad Bodendorf 4.0 km


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Public transport


Ahrtalbahn, bus connections

Getting there

Via the B267 to Altenahr, at the start in Bad Bodendorf via the B266


At all stations and public car parks along the Red Wine Trail.


50.515842, 6.990759
50°30'57.0"N 6°59'26.7"E
32U 357555 5597915
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Along the Red Wine Trail" 978-3-943123-02-09

Author’s map recommendations

"Leisure and Hiking Map Ahrtal. From Altenahr to Sinzig" 978-3-943123-08-1


Sturdy shoes are recommended on some passages.

Questions and answers

Question from Anja Bookhahn · August 08, 2020 · Community
Guten Tag, ich plane mit einer Freundin eine Reise ins Ahrltal. Wir möchten gerne den Rotweinwanderweg in mehreren Etappen absolvieren. Was gibt es da für Möglichkeiten? Gibt es die Möglichkeit von einer festen Unterkunft aus die Route täglich von einem anderen Punkt aus fortzusetzen? Bzw. werden evtl. Shuttlefahrten zu den jeweiligen Parkplätzen angeboten? Vielen Dank und viele Grüße! Anja Bookhahn
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Hallo Anja, der Rotweinwanderweg führt durch die Weinberge im Ahrtal an den Weinorten vorbei. Du brauchst dein Auto nicht unbedingt. Die Weinorte sind angebunden an die Ahrtalbahn. Die Zuwegung vom und zum Rotweinwanderweg ist beschildert. Es ist also kein Problem, von einer festen Unterkunft aus zu starten um den kompletten Weg zu erkunden. Noch ein Tipp: viele Gastgeber im Ahrtal bieten ihren Übernachtungsgästen als besonderen Service das Gästeticket. Das Ticket berechtigt zu kostenlosen Nutzung von Bus und Bahn im Ahrtal. Das Gästeticket ist für den Gast kostenlos. Für mich ist die Strecke zwischen Altenahr und Ahrweiler (17 km) die Königsetappe unterwegs auf dem Rotweinwanderweg (35 km). Wenn du die 17 km aufteilen möchtest: Etappe 1 Altenahr- Dernau, Etappe 2 Dernau-Ahrweiler, Etappe 3 Bad Neuenahr Ahrweiler-Bad Bodendorf. Der Weg ist wunderschön!!! Viel Spaß und viele Grüße aus dem Ahrtal, Ulla Weitere Infos:
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36.4 km
10:24 h
800 m
891 m
Highest point
299 m
Lowest point
72 m
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