From the source of the river Ahr in the historical town of Blankenheim with its castle, you follow the gently sloping paths right into the wooded hills. Picturesque villages, verdant hills with rocky outcrops and countless castle ruins catch the eye along the way. Cyclists can enjoy a spot of relaxation at the thermal baths in Bad Bodendorf and Bad Neuenahr – and sample some of the red wine for which the region is famous. The vines flourish on the hillside vineyards that line the route, which now continues east towards the Rhine, passing Ahrweiler on its way to Sinzig Castle and the Peace Museum in Remagen. Terrain: the Ahr Cycle Route is perfect for families, as it is flat and car-free for most of the way. Most paths are asphalt, but some sections are surfaced with crushed brick/stone. Scenery: as it makes its way towards the Rhine, the river Ahr is lined with terraced vineyards, rocky landscapes, castles and ruins. The riverside scenery is also characterised by little villages, meadows and woodland.