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4 days, 3 countries — on the Rur bank cycle path through the Eifel

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4 days, 3 countries — on the Rur bank cycle path through the Eifel

Bike Touring Collection by RurUfer-Radweg

2-3

days

3-5 h

/ day

104 mi

3,150 ft

5,350 ft

An enchanted moor landscape at unusual heights forms the prelude to the unique landscape along the Rur bank cycle path. Narrow river valleys lined with colourful sandstone rocks and densely wooded hills, follow. Idyllic old towns with romantic half-timbered houses. An impressive lake landscape with the second largest dam in Germany. And a river that flows right through it.

In only four days you can cycle through three countries and this dreamlike varied landscape. The RurUfer cycle path takes you over 160 kilometres from the High Fagnes in Belgium via the Eifel in Germany to Roermond in the Netherlands. We present the route on the Rur or Roer in this collection in four stages - a great bike tour for a short trip on a long weekend.

To get to the starting point of Signal de Botrange on the Hautes Fagnes in Belgium by bike, it is best to take the bicycle bus from Aachen. From the end of March to the end of October, it runs to Kalterherberg on Sundays and public holidays several times a day and once a day on Saturdays. From there it is about 13 kilometres by bike to the starting point of the Rur bank cycle path. If you do not want to cycle up the Hautes Fagnes, you can alternatively start the tour directly in Kalterherberg. From the destination in Roermond you can then simply take the train for the way back.

On the way from the source of the Rur in the Belgian high moor via the Eifel National Park to the mouth of the Meuse, you have plenty of opportunities to eat in cosy restaurants and cafés if required. The Eifel cycling paradise also has a lot to offer in terms of accommodation at the stage finishes and along the route. Many hosts look forward to touring cyclists and welcome you with their bike-friendly accommodations so that you can experience an unforgettably beautiful bike tour.

The Rur bank cycle path is recommended by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association) and is ranked as a quality cycle route with four stars. More information (in German): adfc.de/artikel/radurlaub-als-sternstunde

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The stages of the Rur bank cycle path

  • Intermediate
    02:40
    25.3 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,200 ft
    2,500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour on the RurUfer bike path starts at Signal de Botrange. This is the highest point in Belgium and is located in the high moor High Fens near the German border. To get there, it's best to take the bicycle bus from Aachen. It will take you to the small town of Kalterherberg, which is on the border

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  • Difficult
    03:32
    31.4 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,600 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the way through the beautiful Rur Valley and the Eifel National Park, it is now varied and hilly again. 50 kilometers take you on exciting passages from Rurberg to Düren.

    

    At the beginning of the stage you drive along the banks of the Rursee. From the heights you always have an impressive view of the

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  • Intermediate
    02:10
    19.3 mi
    8.9 mph
    125 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage leads you on a short 31 kilometers from Düren straight to the northwest to Linnich. It is all the time relaxed downhill. It's the ideal tour day to give you plenty of time on the go so you can enjoy the highlights on the track to the fullest.

    

    After you have accompanied on the last two stages

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  • Difficult
    03:02
    27.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    225 ft
    350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today, the last stage of the RurUfer cycle path is already on. It takes you from Linnich on 46 kilometers to the Netherlands to Roermond, where the Rur flows into the Meuse.

    

    The flat, slightly sloping bike path leads through the wide Rurauen and past beautiful fields and meadows to the northwest. The

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    104 mi
  • Duration
    11:24 h
  • Elevation
    3,150 ft5,350 ft

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