River dams in Bergisches Land

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Nowhere else in Europe will you find as many river dams as in this region. A total of 12 reservoirs are nested shore to shore in between lush hills and idyllic valleys. Between 1899 and 1985, 12 rivers were dammed in order to provide potable water to the nearby cities as well as managing their seasonal high waters. Six of the lakes are still tapped for potable water, any water activity is banned from them. The other six are open for swimming, windsurfing and even diving. Hikers will find an astonishing nature around all of them. Ready to gape and feel very small?

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    Agger-Talsperre

    Hiking Highlight

    Located in the Oberbergischer Kreis, near Bergneustadt, the Aggertalsperre invites to numerous hikes and walks with a view of the water. Among other things, here starts the "energy path" of the raids of the mountain hiking country. Furthermore, various water sports invite you to visit the dam.

    Bathing places are in the "Strandbad Bruch", as well as "Freizeitcamp Aggertalsperre". There are also rowing and pedal boats for an exciting tour on the water.

    Under water, the Aggertalsperre is a great area for amateur and recreational divers. For the use of the dam for diving please contact the "Tauchsport- und Forschungsgemeinschaft Siegerland eV in Siegen".

    Underwater sights:
    • fully preserved viaduct (interchangeable bridge arch)
    • crushing plant
    • dam
    • stone walls
    • cliffs

    The Aggerverband also offers for groups a tour of the dam with interesting insights into the technology.
    To enjoy the day to the full, camping and barbecue areas offer opportunities for a short and long stay in a cozy atmosphere.

    Arrival by public transport:
    e.g. From Cologne central station (platform 10) take the regional train RB25 direction Meinerzhagen
    Stop: Gummersbach (track 2)
    Continue with the bus 318 (minibus) from Gummersbach Bf (bus platform 11) direction Lieberhausen
    Stop: Genkeltalsperre, Gummersbach-Bredenbruch

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    Lingese-Talsperre

    Hiking Highlight

    The Lingese dam is one of the oldest dams of the Wupperverband and today offers water sports of all kinds.

    Bathing areas are located at:
    - DLRG-Station
    - Camping
    - At the Linge

    The dam is to circumnavigate with about 5 km along the shore. There, a fish trail provides detailed information about life beneath the surface of the water.

    For hiking invites, among other things, the panoramic pebble of the mountain hiking country, as well as other great trails lead directly past the dam.

    Arrival by public transport:
    e.g. From Cologne central station (platform 10) take the regional train RB25 direction Meinerzhagen
    Stop: Marienheide
    Continue by bus 336 from Marienheide Bf direction: Lennep Bahnhof, Remscheid
    Low-floor vehicle
    Stop: Rüggeberg, Marienheide
    Continue on foot about 18 minutes to Marienheide, Linger Straße 53

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    Wuppertalsperre

    Hiking Highlight

    The Wupper dam serves the flood protection and the low water increase of the Wupper and was opened in 1987 and offers today habitat for numerous animal and plant species and is today a popular destination.

    Here you will find ideal conditions for water sports: The bathing area is located at the Kräwinkler bridge (water sports and leisure facility). There you have in addition to bathing also opportunities to explore the dam by water from the boat and pedal boat rentals.

    Diving licenses can also be purchased for the underwater world.

    A snack completes the offer.

    Further information: freizeitpark-kraewi.de

    Arrival by public transport:
    e.g. from Cologne - Breslauer Platz / Hbf, by bus 260 direction Remscheid, Friedrich-Ebert-Platz to Wermelskirchen bus station
    At Wermelskirchener bus station continue with the call collecting taxi (AST)
    Direction Lennep station, Remscheid - Kräwinklerbrücke, Remscheid
    Call-a-ride; Tel. (02191) 164848 Registration 30 min. Before departure.

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    Bevertalsperre

    Hiking Highlight

    In Hückeswagen the Bevertalsperre is idyllically embedded in the Bergisches landscape. Today it largely serves the purpose of low water elevation and the flood protection of the Wupper. It is very popular among water sports enthusiasts and invites you to swim in numerous small bays, official bathing areas with snack and toilets are located at the "angry ant", at campsite I and II and the Käfernberg.

    Guided tours of the dam are also available by appointment (usually Mondays - Thursdays between 9am - 2pm). A diving school, boat rental and a school for pleasure boaters, as well as several hiking trails complete the leisure offer.

    Arrival by public transport:
    Cologne - Meinerzhagen (RB25) to Marienheide
    Then with the (bus 336) direction Remscheid, Lennep Bf.
    Stop: Hückeswagen, Christmas tree
    On foot about 1.7 km to the angry ant
    Grossberghausen 2, 42499 Hückeswagen

    OR:

    Cologne Fair / Deutz - Bergisch Gladbach (S11)
    Bergisch Gladbach (S)
    (Bus 426) Wipperfürth Busbf
    From Wipperfürth, Hochstr. with the bus 336 direction Remscheid, Lennep Bf.
    Stop: Hückeswagen, Christmas tree
    On foot about 1.7 km to the angry ant
    Grossberghausen 2, 42499 Hückeswagen

    OR

    Wuppertal / Oberbarmen Bf with the (Bus 626) direction Radevormwald Busbf
    There continue with the (bus 339) direction Hückeswagen, Bahnhofstr.
    On foot, about 2.1 km to the angry ant
    Grossberghausen 2, 42499 Hückeswagen

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    Diepental Talsperre

    Hiking Highlight

    A dam that is still privately owned by the Halbach family, but is publicly accessible. It is also an important recreational area in the border area of ​​the cities Leverkusen, Leichlingen and Burscheid.

    Many hiking trails lead through the beautiful Diepental, also well suited for Nordic walking and cycling and thus offer recreation in a beautiful natural landscape.
    In addition, fishing, pedal boats and mini golf are offered.

    The Waldquell outdoor pool provides for the appropriate cooling and for hunger the farmhouse parlor with beer garden, the Café Platzhirsch and a kiosk are available.

    Arrival by public transport:
    From Cologne main station to Opladen with the RB National Express direction Wuppertal-Oberbarmen
    (Bicycle transport limited limited) to Opladen station
    Opladen station, Leverkusen by bus 240 direction: Hilgen Witzheldener Str., Burscheid (Rheinland)
    Station Pattscheid station, Leverkusen
    Footpath 12 min. 42799 Leichlingen (Rhineland), dam Diepental

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    Brucher-Talsperre

    Hiking Highlight

    The Brucher dam is located near Marienheide in the Oberbergischer Kreis. It is a pure recreational lake. For hiking invites, among other things, the "Fuhrmannsweg" from the rambles of the mountain hiking country or you walk around it in a leisurely walk with the family along the shore in about 3.5km.
    A campsite is located directly on the lake and invites you to a holiday on the water.
    The dam is known for its excellent sailing opportunities and bathing sites.
    Bathing areas are located in the following areas:
    • at the sailing club
    • at the DLRG station
    • at the dam wall
    • at the campsite

    Arrival by public transport:
    e.g. from Cologne central station (platform 10) with the regional train RB25 direction Meinerzhagen
    Stop Marienheide (track 1)
    Stop Marienheide Bf continue by bus line 336 direction Gummersbach Bf
    Stop VDK-Heim, Marienheide-Müllenbach

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