The spa town - Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler - is 32km from Bonn and is tucked away amongst the vineyards of the Ahr valley. It is a town of two parts – the timber-framed houses in the centre of Ahrweiler are surrounded by the medieval town walls, and they in turn are encompassed by the modern spa town.
The medieval town walls boast a moat, gates and towers built in the 13th century and are almost entirely originally preserved. The old town centre is a pedestrianised zone, enabling easy viewing of buildings such as the Wolffsche Haus, a half-timbered house built in 1621 and distinctively notable because of its highly ornamented bay window. The market square of the old town is overlooked by the church of Saint Laurentius (1269) - the first Hall Church in the Rhineland from the early Gothic period.
Not only is Poppelsdorf Allee impressively attractive, it is also within very easy walking distance of the city centre in one direction, is surrounded by many attractive university buildings and in the opposite direction enjoys close proximity to a strip comprising a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars. Our first evening in the city we indulged in traditional German fare – a variety of sausages, sauerkraut and local beers, and another evening devoured a fabulous array of Persian foods. Yum!!