At the river Ahr are breeding Little Ringed Plover and Common Kingfisher. In the floodplains are meadows, forests and a little reedbed. In the meadows are breeding Little Owl (10 territories in 2020). Red-backed Shrike and Grasshopper Warbler are possible breeding birds. In the forests are breeding Common Nightingale , Golden Oriole and Middle Spotted Woodpecker. You can also see Black Kite and Eurasian Hobby during breeding time. In the little reedbed are Reed Warbler and Marsh Warbler (also common next to the Ahr). Melodious Warbler and Icterine Warbler can also be found in the area.
During migration, you can see migratory birds like Osprey and Green Sandpiper. In winter you can see some wintering birds like White-throated Dipper.
There is a train station in Linz (direct connections to Cologne and Koblenz), from where you have to cross the Rhine with the ferry to Kripp. Another train station is in Sinzig (direct connections to Bonn and Koblenz) from where you can go directly to the meadows at the southern edge of the area.
You can park in Kripp (follow the B9 until Kripp). The walking route you see on the map is about 7 km.
Terrain and HabitatForest, Valley, River, City/village, Agriculture, Scattered trees and bushes
ConditionsFlat, High water possible
Is a telescope useful?No
Good birding seasonSpring, Summer
Best time to visitSpring
RoutePaved road, Wide path, Narrow trail, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
In the Ahrtal between Walporzheim and Altenahr you can see vineyard species like Rock Bunting and many forest species.
In the Goldene Meile between Sinzig and Bad Breisig are breeding Melodious Warbler and migratory and wintering ducks and grebes - but normally not so interesting species.