Bike Touring Highlight
"The great Linnicher Rurwehr was built in 1875/76 to plans by the ingenious hydraulic engineer Professor Otto Ludwig Hintze (1843 - 1904) Mühlen in Linnich and Brachelen was available Today, the weir is a striking monument of local and regional economic and technical history.
The weir had - further down the line - predecessor buildings made of wooden posts, fascines and riprap, which were repeatedly damaged or washed away by floods and ice drifts. With the completion of the new weir, the mill pond and adjoining farms were protected by locks against flood damage.
The tall Rurwehr with a slight bend against the current is one of Professor Hintze's earliest works. He has designed many dams and other spectacular engineering structures across Europe, such as the power generation in the Art Nouveau power plant in Heimbach with water from the also planned by him Urfttalsperre above the much later Rursees.
After damage in World War II, the weir was rebuilt to its present form. "
- Original text information board Linnich am Linnicher Rurwehr -
August 16, 2017
In 1874, the owners of the mills located on the river Rur turned to Otto Intze, professor of building construction and hydraulic engineering at the Royal Rheinisch-Westphalian Polytechnic School (today RWTH Aachen) in Aachen. The reason for this was that the weir, consisting of stones, wood and mesh no longer withstood the power of the water at the turning point of the two Rurmäander between Rurdorf and Linnich. Otto Itze, from 1895 to 1898 also Rector of the Aachen University, designed the new Rurdorfer weir as a fixed baffle transversely to the flow direction. As a result, the mill pond on the left of the Rur again received an even amount of water and the work of the mills was secured. Destroyed in World War II, the weir was repaired from 1947 to 1948. However, instead of the two weirs, a straight concrete wall was drawn on each side of the river and a fish ladder was built on the left bank.
Today, the imposing Rurwehr as a destination and landmark is a defining feature of the cultural landscape "Ruraue".
June 8, 2018
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