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Touristinformation Altenahr

Touristinformation Altenahr
Weinort Altenahr e.V.
Altenburger Straße 1a
53505 Altenahr
Tel.: 02643/8448
Fax: 02643/3516
Mail:
info@altenahr-ahr.de

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Mo - Fr:
10.00 Uhr - 15.00 Uhr

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Devils Hole
The Teufelsloch (Devil’s hole)

The devil once called on the valley of Ahr and saw something in the land and the people, but particularly in the superb red wine that he liked to such an extent that in the meantime he forgot about going home. One day, as he was resting on the hill opposite the Burg Are, his grandmother approached him in the form of a beautiful virgin. In the arms of the infatuated devil, she changed herself quickly back into the revolting old woman that was all too familiar to him. Infuriated he seized his grandmother and hurled her through the rock face back down to hell. That is how the Devil’s Hole that can still be seen today above Altenahr was made.
White Cross
The White Cross

There are various legends for the origins of the white cross:

1. The Cistercian monk Albericus saw the castle Burg Are on a steep rock face during his journey through the Rhineland and he believed that only the devil could have built it there. He learnt that the devil had served the Earl Theoderich for many years. One evening, as he looked at the moon, the Earl asked the devil what he thought of the moon. He answered that he was there at the creation of the moon and the earth and boasted that for him it would be no problem for him to build a castle on the steep rock above Altenahr. The old castle of the earl (in the district of Altenburg) had been devastated and still not rebuilt. The earl asked the devil what he would like to have for the construction of the castle. He answered that they would manage to come to an agreement but that he would want free access to the castle. The Earl didn’t like this at all and the closer the completion of the castle came the more troubled the Earl became.  His clever and devout wife noticed this and advised him to have the white cross put up, as the devil could not stand either the colour or the cross which both gave glory to God. In this way the castle was protected on four sides: by the white cross, by the cross on the castle chapel, by the black cross and by the cross on the Kreuzberg. Since then the devil could no longer enter the castle.

2. Before the road tunnel was built, the residents of Ahrtal only communicated with one another on the footpaths over the mountains. Today guests marvel at the wine growers, who go about their work on the steep paths in the vineyard, however earlier everyone had to scale the steep paths. All the residents of Reimerzhoven had to be carried over the mountain ridge as early as their baptism to get to the parish church of Pfarrkirche Maria Verkündung in Altenahr. The last journey also led over the mountain. The path was narrow and steep, and often the carriers of the coffin could not walk next to one another. The coffin had to be fastened to a pole and carried on the shoulders, and the carriers had to walk one behind the other. Therefore the joke emerged: “Every person from Reimerzhoven must first be hanged before he can be buried!” On the mountain stood a small wooden cross where the people always stopped for a rest. The cross therefore meant a pause of the funeral procession, as the priest came here to meet the coffin from Altenahr. After he had blessed the body, they climbed the steep mountain path up to the cemetery in Altenahr, which at that time still lay around the church. A large white cross still shines for miles around the area today. It was erected by the hotel that was named after it and by the "Verkehrs- und Verschönerungsverein Altenahr" (“Association for traffic and improvement of Altenahr”) as it was then.

BLack Cross
The black cross

Before the railway was built, a rock protruded into the Ahr. It was called “Heislei”. There, there was a very deep part called “Woog”. The whirl pool found there pulled every thing spiralling down into the depths. A child fell in there and was close to drowning. A man named Caspary from Altenahr saw this. He made himself a promise to erect a cross on the rock above if he succeeded in saving the child from drowning. And he did succeed in getting the child out of the water. He kept his promise and in 1859 he erected a cross high above on the rock. Later the cross was replaced with a larger one. In contrast to the white cross it was named the “black cross”.