The Rur in the Eifel around Monschau is the most popular white water river in western Germany for canoeists, especially from the Aachen border region and the Cologne area, but also far beyond. The landscape is very beautiful, with a brisk current, beautiful blocking, many eddies and interesting play areas. But hiking paddlers also come to the lower section of the Rur, i.e. from Heimbach, at your expense.
The headwaters of the Rur are about 650 m above sea level in the High Fens, a large raised bog in Belgium. The section from the Belgian-German border to shortly before Monschau is known as the Hohe Rur and is the most interesting section of the entire Rur, both in terms of landscape and white water.
February 16, 2019
Very beautiful river landscape with the big rocks in the river bed.
In spring the water rages along between the rocks.
Here the Rur is still really untamed!
I also know the Rur differently, straightened and absolutely tame and sluggish, further downstream.
I come from near Roermond about 150 km from Monschau, where the Rur flows into the Meuse.
May 27, 2020
A little tip: If you want to hike from the "Reichensteiner Brücke" car park to Monschau, you should change banks at this bridge. Because on the other side (north of the Rur) you walk very close to the water and over beautiful, narrow hiking trails. However, sturdy shoes are absolutely necessary, because the paths are often stony and rich in roots. But that's exactly what we hikers love. ;-) :-)
May 3, 2021
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