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Eifelsteig Partner hike - the Water Landscape Route

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  • Wanderer am Rursee
    / Wanderer am Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Urfttalsperre
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Luftbild Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Einruhr
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Blick auf Einruhr
    Photo: Archiv Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Luftbild Urfttalsperre
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Sonnenaufgang Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Luftbild
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Die Strecke ist sehr idyllisch, daher auch sehr beliebt streckenweise.
    Photo: Kristine Greßhöner, Outdooractive Redaktion
  • / Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Urftseestaumauer
    Photo: Oliver Baum, Community
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    Photo: Oliver Baum, Community
  • / Blick von der Staumauer.Hinten in der Ferne: Vogelsang.
    Photo: Oliver Baum, Community
  • / Wasserlandroute
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Wasserlandroute
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Wasserlandroute
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Wasserlandroute
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Wasserlandroute
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Rursee
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Wasserlandroute
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Wasserlandroute
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Wasserlandroute
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Ge- und Verbote
    Photo: Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW
m 400 350 300 250 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Naturfreibad am Rurseezentrum Nationalparktor Rurberg Nationalpark Eifel Rursee
Deep in the heart of the Eifel National Park, the Water Landscape Route is the Triple Crown of hikes along the water. Departing from Einruhr, the hike takes you along the shores of the Obersee Lake with spectacular lake views at every turn, and then at Rurberg takes you across the Rur lake over the dam.
moderate
Distance 16.7 km
4:30 h
371 m
371 m
On this hike, you’ll discover that it’s with good reason that the Eifel Lake District is known as the “Amazon of the Eifel” as you experience the lakes of Obersee, Urftsee, and Schwammenauel at the Rur Valley Dam. This hike starts and ends in Einruhr and goes around the Obersee Lake, passing the Urftsee dam, through Rurberg and there crossing the Paulushof Dam. It offers hikers an amazing variety of wood, water and green space. From Einruhr, the hike takes you along the shores of the Obersee Lake with spectacular lake views at every turn, and then at Rurberg takes you across the Rur lake over the dam. You will encounter tranquil and elegant nature scenes everywhere you look, as the hike takes you straight through the heart of the only national park in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. Many of the rare plants and animals you will see in the national park are found only here, and sightings of wild animals are common on the hike. Much of the landscape is dense deciduous forest. Along the way, there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic overlooking the lake.

 

Highlights on your route:

  • Vista points over the lake
  • Urftsee Lake dam
  • Healing spring water well and hikers’ outpost in Einruhr
  • Rurberg National Park Gate with Exhibition
  • Hydrotherapy pools in Einruhr
  • Einruhr Nature Experience Pool
  • Natural Outdoor Pool Rurberg
  • Rursee Lake ferry crossing on the Obersee

Author’s recommendation

Note that those who find the whole hike too long can shorten it by taking one of the ferries of the Rursee fleet. (www.rurseeschifffahrt.de)
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Author
Michael Lock 
Update: January 13, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
400 m
Lowest point
279 m
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Rest Stop

Eifelhaus
Hotel-Restaurant Haus am See

Safety information

Please stay on the designated paths.

Tips and hints

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

www.eifel.info

www.eifelsteig.de

 

Nationalpark-Tor Rurberg

Rursee Touristik

Seeufer 3

52152 Simmerath-Ruhrberg

Tel.: 02473 - 93 77 10

Fax.: 02473 - 93 77 20

www.rursee.de

 

Nationalpark-Infopunkt Einruhr

Rursee Touristik GmbH

Franz-Becker-Straße 2

52152 Simmerath-Einruhr

Tel.: 02485 - 3 17

Fax.: 02485 - 3 19

www.rursee.de

Start

Einruhr, Bus Stop "Am Obersee" (285 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.583729, 6.380049
DMS
50°35'01.4"N 6°22'48.2"E
UTM
32U 314531 5606812
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Destination

Einruhr

Turn-by-turn directions

Routing:

The Water Landscape route is fully signed with its symbol.

 

Characteristics:

Most of the hike is on unpaved, natural paths and trails. The elevation changes on this hike are extremely mild for the Eifel, so it is not particularly demanding physically, but do not underestimate the length of 16 km.

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Public transport

Take bus line 83 or SB63 to “Simmerath Einruhr”, the nearest bus stop to the hike’s starting point. For your full journey by public transport and fare information, see: www.avv.de

 

Taxi-Ruf

Einruhr:

Taxi Simons; Tel.: 02473 - 929272

Simmerath/Strauch:

Taxi Zöll; Tel.: 02473 - 5001

Getting there

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

Parking

In Einruhr next to the B266 road, Rurstraße and Heilsteinstraße.

Coordinates

DD
50.583729, 6.380049
DMS
50°35'01.4"N 6°22'48.2"E
UTM
32U 314531 5606812
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Eifelsteig - Aachen-Trier plus Partnerwege NRW 650km Qualitätswanderwege [Eifelsteig (Aachen-Trier) plus Nordrhein-Westfalen partner routes - 650 km of high-quality hiking trails] Publisher: Eifelverein Düren ISBN: 978-3-921805-76-3

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte Nr. 50 Nationalpark Eifel [hiking map nr. 50 National Park Eifel] Publisher: Eifelverein e. V. ISBN: 978-3-921805-78-7

Equipment

There are many places along the way to stop for food, so you don’t even need to pack a backpack; however, do be sure to take enough water. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Questions and answers

Question from Armin Pühringer · October 24, 2020 · Community
Info von 23 . Okt 2020: weg über Staumauer oben ist wegen Bauarbeiten gesperrt
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Answered by Thomas Louis  · October 24, 2020 · Community
.....zu anfang der Wandersaison, war alles offen.....
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Question from Michelle Ml · June 01, 2020 · Community
Sind Hunde erlaubt?
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Answered by Daniel DELEU · June 01, 2020 · Community
Oui les chiens tenus en laisse sont autorisés
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Rating

4.6
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Franz Xsver
June 06, 2021 · Community
Schöne Rundtour, die sehr gut ausgeschildert ist. Wer mag, kann am Ende die Höhenmeter abkürzen und weiter am Ufer entlanggehen.
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When did you do this route? June 05, 2021
Saskia Löhr
December 20, 2020 · Community
Sehr schöne abwechslungsreiche Tour. Perfekt für einen Nachmittag!
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When did you do this route? December 19, 2020
Startpunkt
Photo: Saskia Löhr, Community
Super Aussicht auf einer der höheren Ebenen.
Photo: Saskia Löhr, Community
Photo: Saskia Löhr, Community
Photo: Saskia Löhr, Community
Kathrin Schröder
October 19, 2020 · Community
Es war die erste Wanderrunde, für meine Tochter( 11 Jahre) und mich. Und es war traumhaft 😍😍
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When did you do this route? July 14, 2020
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Startpunkt
Super Aussicht auf einer der höheren Ebenen.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16.7 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
371 m
Descent
371 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Botanical highlights

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