In the heart of the Eifel, directly on the River Ahr - and EifelSteig lies the picturesque Castle town of Blankenheim, which has been the central locality with a municipality of 17 towns and villages since 1969: Ahrdorf, Ahrhütte, Alendorf, Blankenheim, Blan-kenheimerdorf, Dollendorf, Freilingen, Hüngersdorf, Lindweiler, Lommersdorf, Mül-heim, Nonnenbach, Reetz Ripsdorf, Rohr, Uedelhoven, and Waldorf. Each of these places has its own special charm and spread over an area of 14,900 hectares and in-clude approximately 8,600 residents.
Above the town center, the Grafenburg castle Blankenheim is located and is now be-ing used as a youth hostel. From here you have a wonderful view over the historic cen-ter, where visitors can expect to see the Ahr spring which originates in a half-timbered house, old City gates, a late Gothic church, half-timbered buildings under monumental protection as well as romantic corners and lanes. Two of these quaint houses are home to the Blankenheim Eifel museum and the Documentation Center of the Roman Road Adventure Region. The historic carnival museum in Georgsgtor explains the im-pressive 400-year old Blankenheim carnival traditions in particular the Blankenheim Ghost Parade. Another cultural and historical highlight is the “Blankenheim Zoo Tun-nel”- the medieval water supply to the castle, which is a unique technical monument of European importance.
The newly re-designed recreational areas around the castle pond in Blankenheim in-vite you to linger. Water sports are offered at Lake Freilingen. Visitors to this recreation area can go fishing, surfing, boating, diving and rent barbecues here.
On numerous, even inter-regional, biking and hiking trails, such as the Ahr bike path, Ahrsteig and Eifelsteig, the unique nature and landscape around the village as well as the juniper conservation area, “Lampertstal”, or “Nonnenbachtal” with its numerous but-terflies become accessible to visitors.
Information about Blankenheim and the northern Eifel region is available at the tourist information office in the Eifel Museum in the center of Blankenheim. Ideal starting and finishing point for hiking and biking is the “Rad- und Wanderbahn-hof Blankenheimer Wald” (cycle and hike train station Blankenheimer Wald).