This tour takes you once around the Rursee Lake, along the bank of the Rur Reservoir, with many breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding Eifel landscape, and also leads you deep into the Eifel National Park.
Distance 26.1 km
Highest point355 m
Lowest point270 m
A picturesque half-hour’s drive south of Aachen brings you to the Schwammenauel reservoir at the Rur Valley Dam, containing 203 million cubic metres and with a water surface area of eight square kilometres (the second-largest reservoir in Germany), in the heart of the vast forest area of the Eifel National Park. This, together with the lakes Obersee and Urftsee, makes up the Eifel Lake District. The tour takes you once around the entire Rursee lake and offers breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding Eifel landscape. On large parts of the hike, you will be walking through dense deciduous forest along the shore. On the cycling tour, in addition to power stations and dam walls you will experience a unique refuge for rare plants and animals, because the route crosses the Eifel National Park, the only national park in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. Here, you may see the very symbol of nature conservation, the beaver, as well as eagle owls and wildcats, honey buzzards and red kites, fields of spignel and daffodil, or hart’s-tongue fern and beech ferns.
Highlights along the way:
Eifel National Park
Obersee with Rursee ferry
National Park Gate Rurberg
Art Nouveau power station of Heimbach
Rursee ferry service
Combine your tour with a charming boat ride with the Rursee fleet. For more information, see: www.rurseeschifffahrt.de
The vast majority of the tour is on car-free lakeside paths. With the exception of a few steep climbs, most at the beginning of the route, this is a relatively flat tour for the foothill landscape of the Eifel, but because of the changes in elevation it does require a basic level of condition. Most of the tour is on forest trails, farm trails, lakeside paths and cycle paths, generally gravel. Trails may be bumpy, particularly after Woffelsbach.
All of the route is within the junction network of the Aachen CitiesRegion and the municipality of Düren. From the starting point at Paulusdamm (Junction 64), return to Junction 64 via junctions 22, 21, 87, 86.
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Directions to starting point Simmerath-Rurberg:
For your full journey by public transport and fare information, see: www.avv.de
Please be aware that passengers with prams and wheelchair-bound passengers have priority over bicycles at all times. In specific cases as needed, the personnel in the vehicle have the discretion to refuse to transport a bicycle.
To plan your individual trip by car, use our journey planner and enter “Simmerath, Seeufer” as your destination.
Parking is available at the car park at the National Park Gate adjacent to Antoniushof.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Tour guidebook of the StädteRegion Aachen
Author’s map recommendations
Cycle tour map of the StädteRegion Aachen
We recommend weather-appropriate clothing. Be sure to bring enough water and take a little food with you, and you’ll be all set!
Es gibt zwei Fahradverleiher: In Schwammenaul 6: eifelRad e-Bike- Vermietung und in Simmerath: Fahrrad- und Kanuverleih Rurberg! Info im Internet unter Fahradverleih Rursee. Ob es Möglichkeiten zum Winterbaden gibt kann ich nicht sagen.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen