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Rursee-Route - Around the Rursee Lake

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  • Pause am Rursee
    / Pause am Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Luftbild Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Bootsanleger am Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Landzunge am Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Radfahrer am Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Rurseepanorama
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Rurseeufer
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Rursee im Morgenlicht
    Photo: Michael Lock, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Luftbild Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Sonnenaufgang Rursee
    Photo: Michael Lock, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Radfahrer am Rursee
    Photo: Archiv Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Sonnenaufgang am Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Segelboot am Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Pause am Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Luftbild Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Segelboot am Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Luftbild Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Ge- und Verbote
    Photo: Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW
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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.
moderate
Distance 26.1 km
2:30 h
234 m
234 m
355 m
270 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
  • Schwammenauel Reservoir

Author’s recommendation

Rursee ferry service

Combine your tour with a charming boat ride with the Rursee fleet. For more information, see: www.rurseeschifffahrt.de

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
355 m
Lowest point
270 m
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Rest stops

Zum kleinen Seehof
Genießer Wirtshaus
Beach Club Eifel

Safety information

Please stay on the designated paths and please show consideration for the other path users.

Tips and hints

Rursee-Touristik GmbH

Seeufer 3

52152 Simmerath-Rurberg

Tel:  +49 (0)2473 / 9377 - 0

E-Mail: info@rursee.de

Homepage: www.rursee.de

 

Monschauer Land Touristik e.V.

Seeufer 3

52152 Simmerath

+49 (0)2473 / 9377 - 0

Email:info@eifel-tipp.de

Homepage : www.eifel-tipp.de

 

Eifel Tourismus (ET) GmbH

Kalvarienbergstr. 1

54595 Prüm

Tel.: +49 (0)6551 - 96 56 0

Fax:  +49 (0)6551 - 96 56 96

E-Mail: info@eifel.info

Homepage  www.eifel.info

 

Nationalparkforstamt Eifel

Urftseestraße 34

53937 Schleiden-Gemünd

Tel.: +49 (0) 24 44. 95 10-0

Fax: +49 (0) 24 44. 95 10-85

Email: info@nationalpark-eifel.de

Homepage: www.nationalpark-eifel.de

Start

Rurberg (National Park Gate) (284 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.607220, 6.383200
DMS
50°36'26.0"N 6°22'59.5"E
UTM
32U 314846 5609416
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Destination

Rurberg (National Park Gate)

Turn-by-turn directions

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.

 

Routing:

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.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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.

Getting there

To plan your individual trip by car, use our journey planner and enter “Simmerath, Seeufer” as your destination.

Parking

Parking is available at the car park at the National Park Gate adjacent to Antoniushof.

Coordinates

DD
50.607220, 6.383200
DMS
50°36'26.0"N 6°22'59.5"E
UTM
32U 314846 5609416
w3w 
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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

Equipment

We recommend weather-appropriate clothing. Be sure to bring enough water and take a little food with you, and you’ll be all set!

Questions and answers

Question from Charles Petitjean · January 25, 2022 · Community
bonjour Où louer des vélos ? y a t il des associations qui organisent des bains l hiver ? merci
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Answered by Albert Schön · January 25, 2022 · Community
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 Albert Schön

Rating

3.9
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Albert Just
September 02, 2021 · Community
Schöne, ruhige Route, habe es mit E-Bike gemacht, gute Ausschilderung, wunderschöne Naturerlebnis
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Kevin Strasser
May 22, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? February 18, 2021
Petra Haller
July 07, 2020 · Community
Wirklich eine schöne Runde! Man fährt fast ganz auf Waldwegen ohne Autoverkehr. Nur ein kleines Stück muss man auf einem Radweg neben einer Hauptstraße fahren und in Rurberg auf ruhigen Nebenstraßen. Allerdings finde ich das Höhenprofil nicht ganz anspruchslos. Etwas trainiert sollte man schon sein und einige Wege sind sehr holprig. Unsere sportlichen Jungs mit 8 und 12 Jahren haben es fast ohne Absteigen geschafft. Empfehlenswert!
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When did you do this route? July 07, 2020
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
26.1 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
234 m
Descent
234 m
Highest point
355 m
Lowest point
270 m
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