The Ahr Valley – a lust for life

Surrounded by the steep vineyards of the Ahr Valley, the historic spa town of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is and has long been a popular starting point for excursions into red-wine growing country. One reason is the particularly lovely landscape through which the Ahr meanders in the gently rolling high plateau of the Rhenish Massif. The half-timbered houses of the romantic and historic town centre of Ahrweiler are surrounded by its ancient yet perfectly preserved mediaeval walls. It is almost as if one were walking through a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Bad Neuenahr is exquisite with its carefully maintained spa park, beautiful art nouveau buildings and the elegant salons in the casino. It is widely known for its mineral and thermal waters and epitomises a place of heath and wellbeing.

Accessible travel from the station to the hotel

Travellers with limited mobility can start enjoying their visit on the way. With no steps nor gaps to be negotiated between the coaches and the platform, the low-floor trains of the Ahr Valley Railway (in which one can journey to other lovely places in the Ahr Valley) are easy to enter and exit.

Visitors have a wide range of accommodation suitable for those with disabilities to choose from, as many holiday homes and hotels offer different price categories and facilities for guests with special requirements. It is also possible to book care for a short period.

Blinder mit Blindenstock und Begleitung spaziert durch die Stadt

The dropped kerbs in the town make crossing the street safer and easier and visitors can concentrate on their enjoyable exploration of the narrow twisting alleys and sweeping expanses of parkland.

There are no steps in the tourist information office in Altenahr and the door opens automatically. There is a ramp leading to a side door for wheelchair users to access the tourist information office in Bad Neuenahr, which does have steps.

Wine cellar tour with no obstacles

The area around Bad Neuenahr is devoted almost entirely to wine. The oldest vintners' cooperative in the world in Mayschoß offers accessible wine cellar tours in which visitors can learn much about the secrets of the famous red wine from the Ahr valley. Wheelchair users can access the wine cellar via ramps and the guide's commentary is delivered in sign language for deaf people. Anyone who wants to follow-up with more detailed information can book a seminar in the International Wine Institute in Bad Neuenahr.

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