Discover traces of the Romans in Rhineland-Palatinate

rhein rheinland pfalzWith more than 2000 years of Roman prehistory, Rhineland-Palatinate is rich in cultural treasures in Trier and Mainz. Numerous cities in the country can be traced back to Roman foundations. The Romans left some important buildings and a large number of archaeologically proven relics.

In the Middle Ages, it was German kings and emperors, archbishops and electors as well as numerous other imperial estates and castles that ruled the territory of today's state, who left behind a large number of historically important buildings, such as in Cochem, Burg Eltz, Lahneck and Ehrenbreitstein.

Rhineland-Palatinate is one of the most densely forested states in Germany, as the forests cover around 42 percent of the state area, resulting in endlessly long hiking and cycling routes, see Moselle cycle path!
Not to be forgotten: the green hell of the Nürburgring - probably one of the most famous racetracks in the world.

Roman bridges over the Rhine and Moselle

Roman bridges over the Rhine and Moselle

Our visit to the city of Koblenz also took us to the Balduin Bridge, a stone arch bridge over the Moselle that is considered the oldest surviving bridge in the city. The first construction of the Baldwin Bridge began under Elector Baldwin of Luxembourg around 1342/1343.

Off to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress – by cable car

Off to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress – by cable car

Our days in Koblenz were, as is unfortunately so often the case, far too short, because we had actually intended the climb to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress to be a hike that would also allow us to see other sights along the way.

Koblenz at Christmas time – and not just then!

Koblenz at Christmas time – and not just then!

A meeting with friends brought us to the Koblenz area again, and it was clear that we wanted to take the opportunity to visit the Koblenz Christmas market or, better yet, some of the Advent markets spread across the city.

Off to Dernau, wine paradise on the Ahr River

Off to Dernau, wine paradise on the Ahr River

We have been friends with Frank and his wife for a number of years, who, in addition to the vineyards, also run a small guesthouse in Dernau and have been producing really fine wine in Turkey for several years with great success.

Koblenz cable car with a view of the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

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Koblenz cable car with a view of the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

When planning the Federal Garden Show 2011, Koblenz faced a problem that also had to be overcome in Cologne in 1957 for the Federal Garden Show there, because how could the core areas of the show on the left bank of the Rhine, which are far apart, be connected with those on the Ehrenbreitstein.

Hönningen an der Ahr – tractor fans present their treasures

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Hönningen an der Ahr – tractor fans present their treasures

The journey through the Ahr valley via Altenahr in the direction of Adenau also gave us the opportunity to get to know the town of Hönningen. At first we noticed the many tractors while driving, some really old vehicles, which slowed down the very heavy leisure traffic on the weekend badly on the winding route.

Erlkönige on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring

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Erlkönige on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring

Coming from Dernau, we had passed the Ahr Valley, then entered the lively little Eifel town of Adenau, which is worth seeing and continued on Trierer Straße to the parking lot next to the bridge right at the entrance to the Nordschleife.

On the Rhine river between Bingen and Boppard

On the Rhine river between Bingen and Boppard

Summer time – vacation time, also in Brita's house in Albertshofen. And since the basic idea of ​​driving further north in Germany had been in our heads for a long time anyway, concrete common goals were quickly defined, which we want to find out in the coming days.

The former government bunker is now a museum

The former government bunker is now a museum

The so-called government bunker in the Ahr valley near the lovable wine village of Dernau was once considered the most secret building in the recent history of the Federal Republic of Germany during the Cold War.

Ahrtal - wine route and red wine hiking trail

Ahrtal - wine route and red wine hiking trail

Several times we had already visited Katrin and Jürgen in Dernau in the Ahr valley during our travels, before there was finally enough time to take a short trip along the Ahr in the direction of Adenau.

Dernau, the wine paradise lures us to the Ahr river

Dernau, the wine paradise lures us to the Ahr river

For several years we have been friends with Frank and his wife who, in addition to the vineyards, also run a small guesthouse in Dernau and have also been producing really fine wine in Turkey with great success for several years.

Hiking to Hohe Acht summit and the Kaiser Wilhelm Tower

Hiking to Hohe Acht summit and the Kaiser Wilhelm Tower

The Nürburgring and its surroundings have a lot more to offer in addition to the legendary concert series "Rock am Ring", various events in the racing scene on the Grand Prix circuit and on legendary Nordschleife, which many visitors still miss:

Classic side car teams - driving technique on Grand Prix track

Classic side car teams - driving technique on Grand Prix track

The legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring was classified as too unsafe for the Formula 1 in the 80s - probably the most negative example was the accident of Niki Lauda in the year 1976 - which is why the Formula 1 from 1977 onward just took place at the Hockenheimring.

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