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

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

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.

Nürburgring - Grand Prix Circuit - Passing Ahr Valley to Altenahr

Nürburgring - Grand Prix Circuit - Through the Ahr Valley to Altenahr

After an eventful day with many great conversations and hundreds of historic motorcycles due to the racing event organized and named the Cologne Course on the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring, combined with lot of memories of our own motorcycle experiences, it was time for the return trip to Essen.

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