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Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler () is a spa town in the German States of Germany, Bundesland of Rhineland-Palatinate that serves as the Capital (political), capital of the Ahrweiler (district), Ahrweiler district. The Bundesautobahn 61, A61 motorway connects the town with cities like Cologne and Mainz. Formed by the merging of the towns (now districts) of Bad Neuenahr and Ahrweiler in 1969, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler consists of 11 such districts.


Geography

Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler rests in the Ahr valley (german: Ahrtal) on the left bank of the Rhine river in the north of Rhineland-Palatinate. Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler nestles in the Ahr Hills (german: Ahrgebirge). The highest hill in the area is the Häuschen at metres above sea level. Nearby are the hills of Steckenberg, Neuenahrer, and Talerweiterung. There used to be castles on the last two of these hills.


Neighbouring communities

Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is surrounded by the following villages and towns (clockwise from the north): Grafschaft, Rhineland, Grafschaft, Remagen, Sinzig, Königsfeld, Rhineland-Palatinate, Königsfeld, Schalkenbach, Heckenbach, Kesseling, Rech, Rhineland-Palatinate, Rech and Dernau. The nearest cities are Bonn and Koblenz.


Districts

Bad Neuenahr is divided into Ortsbezirke which consist of one or more districts. The Ortsbezirke be represented by local councils. The largest district, Bad Neuenahr, was originally made up of three communities, which are still seen as districts. Population statistics as of 31 March 2013 (main and secondary residence):


History


Antiquity

Discoveries dating to Hallstatt culture, Hallstatt period (1000-500 BC) shows farming activity by local Celts that dwelled in the area. The Gallic Wars (58–50 BC) resulted in the forced relocation of the Indigenous peoples of Europe, indigenous Eburones people to the Middle Rhine. From the 1st to 3rd century, several Roman Empire, Roman discoveries were made. Most notable is the Villa Rustica of Bad Neuenahr.


Middle Ages

In 893 AD, Ahrweiler was mentioned as Arwilre, Arewilre, Arewilere, and later Areweiller in the Prüm Urbar (register of estates owned by Prüm Abbey). The abbey of Ahrweiler owned a manor with 24 farmsteads; 50 acres of farmland and 76 acres of vineyards. The first mention of a parish church occurred in Neuenahr Castle and surrounding county (Newenare) from 1204 to 1225. In 1246 was founded one of the oldest German inns Sanct Peter, Gasthaus Sanct Peter.


Economy

*The German Army, German Army's (german: Deutsches Heer) Logistics Centre (main depot) is located in an underground facility. *Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler has been home to the traditional mineral water "Heppinger" since 1584. *The Apollinaris (water), "Apollinaris" mineral water company was founded in Bad Neuenahr in 1852.


Transport

The town has five stations on the Ahr Valley Railway and provides hourly connections to Bonn.


Sport

*Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is the home of the successful women's Association football, football team, SC 07 Bad Neuenahr.


Twin towns – sister cities

Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is Sister city, twinned with: * Brasschaat, Belgium


Notable people

*Cyrillus Jarre (1878–1952), Franciscan Archbishop in Jinan *Markus Stenz (born 1965), conductor *Björn Glasner (born 1973), cyclist *Jan van Eijden (born 1976), cyclist *Pierre Kaffer (born 1976), racing driver *Bianca Rech (born 1981), footballer


Associated with the town

*Karl Marx (1818–1883), philosopher and economist, stayed in a spa resort in Bad Neuenahr in 1877 *Peter Friedhofen (1819–1860), founder of the Charitable Brethren of Maria Hilf, who practiced his trade first in Ahrweiler *Wolfgang Müller von Königswinter (1816–1873), novelist and poet, died in Bad Neuenahr *Maria Magdalena Merten (1883–1918), nun, member of the Ursulines near Ahrweiler *Ebba Tesdorpf (1851–1920), illustrator and watercolorist, died in Ahrweiler *Paul Metternich (1853–1934), diplomat, died in the district of Heppingen *Max von Schillings (1868–1933), composer and conductor *Christian Hülsmeyer (1891–1957), inventor, physicist and entrepreneur, died in Ahrweiler


References


External links

* * {{Authority control Spa towns in Germany Populated places in Ahrweiler (district)