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

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RurUfer-Radweg

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 in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association) and is ranked as a quality cycle route with three stars. More information (in German): adfc.de/artikel/radurlaub-als-sternstunde

On The Map

The stages of the Rur bank cycle path

  • Intermediate
    02:54
    25.6 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,275 ft
    2,400 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 with Belgium. From there it is about 13 kilometers by bike to the starting point in the High Fens.From Signal de Botrange, the first leg takes you 41 kilometers to Rurberg. It goes downhill for long stretches. Due to the beautiful varied landscape, you can also look forward to small climbs in between.On the plateau of the High Fens, the cycle path meanders through the uniquely beautiful landscape of the high moor. In the valley you will reach the German-Belgian border and the town of Kalterherberg, which welcomes you on the German side. If you arrive by bike, you will be dropped off in Kalterherberg and you can start the tour directly from hereFrom Kalterherberg you cycle through the narrow Rur valley, which impresses with impressive rock formations and magical forest, to Monschau. The small town enchants with its idyllic old town, which is flown through by the Rur. After Monschau we continue through the deeply cut Rurtal, which winds its way between wooded hills until it reaches the Rursee. On this beautiful lake is the today's stage destination Rurberg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    26.9 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. 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 hilly again. 43 kilometers will take you on exciting passages from Rurberg to Düren.At the beginning of the stage you will ride along the banks of the Rursee. From the heights, you will always have an impressive view of the blue waters of the lake and the wooded, green hills on the other side of the river. Once you have left the lake behind you, the bike path meanders through the narrow Rur valley and follows the many bends of the river. Your constant companions are the beautiful hills that line the valley and are covered with dense forest. Since you do not drive all the time directly along the shore of the Rur, some sections lead you through the cool, shady forest.At the reservoir Obermaubach you can take a little break and watch water sports fans sailing. If you feel like it, you can also rent a rowboat yourself and explore the lake from the water. Behind the reservoir, the landscape then opens and it becomes shallower. Without major detours you roll through green meadows and several small towns to the final destination Düren. Here you can end the day at the beautiful market square, where you will find not only the listed city hall, but also numerous cozy restaurants that invite you to linger.

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    19.7 mi
    7.8 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 beautiful hills and narrow valleys, it is now mainly through wide meadows along the Rurufer along. Small villages, forests and meadows extend to the left and right of the cycle path and characterize the landscape as far as Jülich.The historic fortified town on the Rur invites you to stroll and rest. Take a leisurely stroll through the old town of Jülich and find many cafés and restaurants that invite you to stop off and linger.Strengthened you then continue on the Rur along, which shows on the last section to the stage goal Linnich once again from its most beautiful side. At Lake Barmen, for example, you can watch wild birds with some patience, or refresh yourself in designated places while bathing in the water.Another particularly beautiful spot on the way to the stage destination is the Old Rurarm, where you pass. In this haunted, almost unreal place, time seems to stand still. It is a paradise for birds, who feel undisturbed here and therefore like to show.Past the historic weir, where you can listen to the sound of the Rur, it finally goes to the stage destination Linnich.

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  • Intermediate
    03:21
    28.7 mi
    8.6 mph
    225 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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 Rurufer mostly at your side, you follow the small loops of the river, which meander again and again through tranquil places and past beautiful lakes.The lakes are great places to rest, especially the Effelder Waldsee on the Dutch border. In the seaside resort, you can relax on a sandy beach on the shore and refresh yourself in the cool water. If you need more action, you can also wakeboard on the lake, for example. For the physical well-being provides a snack.Refreshed and invigorated, you are then ready to cross the border and cycle the last few kilometers through the Netherlands to Roermond. Here the Rur empties after more than 160 kilometers and two border crossings into the Meuse. The estuary is a great place to say goodbye to the river that you have accompanied through three countries and to review the exciting tour before you take the train from the train station in Roermond to return home.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    101 mi
  • Duration
    12:01 h
  • Elevation
    2,975 ft
    5,000 ft

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