The Rurstausee is located in the city region of Aachen and the circle Düren am Kermeter between the Heimbacher district Hasenfeld in the northeast, the Nideggener district Schmidt and the Simmerather community part Rurberg in the southwest. Villages from which access to the reservoir is possible are Heimbach, Rurberg (Obersee), Schmidt-Eschauel, Schwammenauel and Woffelsbach (sorted alphabetically).The Rurstausee is reached at congestion target (full congestion) about 10.6 Rurflusskilometer  (at about 5 km as the crow flies between lake-end and dam) long. Then it has about 7.83 km ² total area and 203.2 million m³ of storage space. The congestion root of the water body is - above the Obersee - 24 km away from the Rurtalsperre Schwammenauel.At the southwest end of the Rurstausees borders directly the dam Eiserbach, which dammed the Rurstausee tributary Eiserbach to the reservoir Eiserbach, and at its southern end directly the Paulushofdamm, which dammed the Rur and Urft to the reservoir Obersee.Special features of the Rurstausees are the island of Eichert, the peninsula on Tonsberg and the peninsula Eschauel (with the same name beach), which can be reached on foot, depending on the water level. The wooded island Eichert rises as a foothills of the peninsula on Tonsberg with its highest point (about 318 m above NHN ) about 36.5 m on the dam (281.5 m) of the Rurstausees. About 500 m southwest of this island is located in a full meter a few meters high and measured along its center line about 100 m long island, which is an extension of the Eschauel peninsula. On the peninsula at 333.3 m  high Tonsberg is a castle deserted (cultural monument). By 1959  completed dam increase the storage space of formerly about 101 million m³ grew by 101.6 million m³ to the present 202.6 million m³ .Source Wikipedia
May 15, 2019
Urft Dam - imposing structure in the Eifel National Park
Built of rubble and equipped with a bow towards the water side, the Urft dam was for several years the highest dam in Europe. The laying of the foundation stone for the dam was in 1900. The plans for the construction were provided by the civil engineer Otto Intze from Aachen. After five years of construction, the Urfttal reservoir filled with water behind the wall. The Urfttalsperre is an imposing structure in the Eifel National Park. At the crown, it is 226 m long and it rises 58 m high above the foundations. At the foot, the dam has a width of 50.5 m. It tapers upwards, but still measures six meters in width at the crown. The Urfttalperre served after completion as a pioneering model in dam construction.
June 11, 2019
THE URFTTALSPERRE IS LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF NATIONAL PARK EIFEL AND IS A POPULAR TOUR.The Urfttalsperre is the oldest valley barrier of the Eifel and is located in the middle of the Eifel National Park. The dam was planned at the time as the largest building in Europe. The construction of the 266 m long wall of quarry stone started in 1899 - in May 1905 the dam was filled with water for the first time. The aim of the hydraulic engineering measure was in addition to the flood protection and energy production, the drinking water supply of the region. With a length of 12 km, a width of up to 1 km and a maximum depth of 52 m, the Urftsee has a capacity of 45.5 million cubic meters.Directly on the Urttalsperre is the "Eifel view Urft dam", which allows a panoramic view of Urftsee and Obersee.The Urfttalsperre is located on various hiking trails (Eifelsteig and Wasserlandroute) and the RurUfer cycle path. With the Rursee navigation you can also reach the dam from Einruhr and Rurberg. A tourist restaurant directly on the dam invites you to take a break.
July 20, 2019
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