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Blankenheim, Germany


A Beautiful Medieval Town

Blankenheim is a wonderful medieval town situated in the district of Eifel. Deep in the heart of the Ahr valley, the town is full of historic half timbered houses yet it possesses all the modern conveniences that a visitor could want.

Visit Blankenheim Castle

High above the town sits the imposing structure of Blankenheim Castle which is now used as a youth hostel. If you are intending to spend some time exploring the Ahr valley this is an ideal place to stay.

A River In A House

The source of the River Ahr is found in between two old houses in the middle of the town. It rises up through the cellar of an historic house that was built in 1726. This is one of the longest rivers in the region covering some 85.1 kilometres from its source to the Rhine. All along the river are vineyards that grow red grapes which go to produce some of the most famous wines in Germany.

Take A Tour Around The Buildings

There are so many historic buildings in the town like the Gothic style Pfarrkirche St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, a beautiful church built by Graf Johann I von Manderscheid-Blankenheim and his wife. Grave stones carry their personal coat of arms.

The Kreuzkapelle is an old chapel of the cross and is grade 2 listed. The chapel is now a retirement home but you can still see the ancient cross with seven prostrations leading up to it.

Times Stands Still In Blankenheim

Every house looks like an historic monument to the past in Blankenheim. The narrow streets invite you to take a leisurely stroll and if you happen upon the Eifel-Museum, it is well worth a look. The river also has miles of bike trails along its route to the Rhine.

Blankenheim is a wonderful place to visit for its history and culture and you can also enjoy nature at its best. The lake of Freilinger has a water sports centre where you can go boating, wind surfing or spend a day fishing.

Carnival Museum

One of the most unusual museums in the region is the Carnival museum at Blankenheim. First opened in 1990 this museum is dedicated to the festivities and carnivals that take place before Lent. Guides will tell you all about the Blankenheim ghosts which carry the torches in the parade on the Saturday before Lent begins.

A Small Town With Lots To Offer

For a small town, Blankenheim has a lot to offer so if you like a medieval atmosphere you can pay a visit and see the castle and the viaduct that was built in 1468, a unique historical viaduct that was not discovered until 1997. Take a stroll around Blankenheim and feel yourself transported into the past.

Where To Stay In Blankenheim

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Hotel Kölner Hof

Right in the centre of the town is the Hotel Kölner Hof, a half timbered building with comfortable rooms and a traditional restaurant where seasonal food is served.

There is a sun terrace where you can relax with a drink and a sauna and solarium which are available at an extra charge. Ideal as a base from which to explore the beautiful Ahr river region, the hotel is very attractive and has friendly staff.

Landgasthof Em Lade

An historic building houses the Landgasthof Em Lade, a hotel that exudes peace and tranquillity and which is situated some 9.48 kilometres from Blankenheim.

The rooms are warm and have traditional features like ceiling beams and wooden floors. Room service is available throughout Monday to Saturday and if you want to book a trip by air to see over the scenic Ahr valley, this can be arranged by the hotel staff.

Hotel Schlossblick

The stunning exterior of the Hotel Schlossblick is matched by the rooms which give you views over the pool or the castle. Just 70 metres from the town, the hotel is close to the surrounding countryside and has a sauna, pool and solarium.

There is a breakfast buffet every morning and the hotel is close to some of the superb restaurants that are open in the town of Blankenheim.

How To Reach Blankenheim

By Air

The nearest International airport to Blankenheim is Cologne (Koln/Bonn)and you can get flights from the UK. Travelling from the airport to Blankenheim can be done by train or road. The train from the airport is the S-Bahn 3 to the main station at Cologne then a Regional train will take you to Blankenheim.

By Train

There are hourly trains from Cologne to Blankenheim using the Deutsch Bahn. When you reach Blankenheim station you can get a taxi to the inner city. This can be pre-ordered by phone using the number 01804 151 515. The journey time by train from Cologne is 1 hour and 12 minutes.

By Road

Take the motorway A1 from Cologne which goes directly to Blankenheim then follow the B51 and you will find signs for parking in the town.

Nearby Attractions To Blankenheim


In August there is a Lake Festival and at this there are some spectacular fireworks. The Carnival parade on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday has been going on for some 350 years and is an event that provides both spectacle and fun.

Animal Park

The animal park at Hellenthal has demonstrations by birds of prey. This is a fascinating experience where you can watch the handlers with owls, vulture and, of course, majestic eagles which soar up into the sky before diving back down at such fast speeds.

Walking And Cycling

Many visitors come to Blankenheim for the hiking. The Eifel National Park is a haven for wildlife which you can see when you take a trek through its beautiful forests. Or, you can ride your bike down the riverside and enjoy unspoilt countryside that lasts for many miles.

A Unique Medieval Village

As well as the many medieval houses and buildings in the town, you can go and see the Hirtentor. This is an ancient gate that remains from the historic city walls and it dates from the 15th century. It currently holds an exhibition of natural history.

Blankenheim has so much to offer and you may never have your fill of this unique and interesting town in the Eifel region of Germany.

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