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Touristinformation Altenahr

Touristinformation Altenahr
Weinort Altenahr e.V.
Altenburger Straße 1a
53505 Altenahr
Tel.: 02643/8448
Fax: 02643/3516

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Opening times

Mo - Fr:
10.00 Uhr - 15.00 Uhr

Closed on Weekends and public holidays



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The area around Altenahr was already settled as early as Franconian times. The town of Altenahr first emerged in connection to the building of the castle Burg Are by Earl Theoderich I von Are in around 1100.

In 1246 Friedrich von Are-Hochstaden, provost to Xanten, presented the castle and earldom of Are to the Archdiocese of Cologne, with the agreement of his brother Konrad, Archbishop of Cologne. The earldom became an office in the Electorate of Cologne with the castle as the central point.
In connection with the castle Burg Are, the valley of Altenahr owned a city wall with three gates, from which the last gate, the “Brückenpforte” (lit. “Bridge gate”) was washed away by the Ahr flood waters in 1804.

The Romanesque parish church from the 12th century was first mentioned in 1166. It is an establishment of the Earl of Are and his ministries. The gothic choir was added in 1326 and the vaulting of the naves took place in the 15th century.

In 1834 the Ahrtalstrasse between Ahrweiler and Altenahr was completed. The first road tunnel of Prussia was developed in Altenahr. Tourism began.
In the 1930s the first wine festival was celebrated in Altenahr. Since 1970 a wine queen and her princesses have been crowned every year, and they don’t just enjoy greeting visitors in Altenahr during the wine festivals.