When the dam was built at the beginning of the 20th century, the Urftsee became the largest European reservoir. The artificial lake lies completely in the national park Eifel, in which in many places of nature again full free run is left. Directly at the dam there is a possibility to stop. A peculiarity for Germany is that the Rursee joins directly at the foot of the dam.
The Urfttalsperre in the northern Eifel is a 58.5 m high, 226 m long and built from 1900 to 1905 dam in the southwestern part of the North Rhine-Westphalian district Euskirchen, which dammed the Urft to 2.16 km ² Urft Reservoir (Urftsee).
Its dam wall and the Urft reservoir, which at that time was the largest European reservoir, have been part of the Eifel-Rur water association since 1993.
The whole area around the castle Vogelgesang with its heights and deep cuts as well as the Dreiborn height and from May huge gorse shrub areas are worth a lasting experience. Every season is an eye-catcher. The path around the reservoir from Einruhr to stirring and back is fantastic.
With its impressive dam wall, the Urft dam is the oldest dam in the Eifel, and for a long time it was Europe's largest and highest dam. The structure is a curved gravity dam, its crowns are 324 meters above normal zero. It was built between 1900 and 1905 under the direction of the Aachen Professor Otto Intze and is considered the cradle of modern dam construction. In 1906, even Kaiser Wilhelm II visited the Urfttal dam in the Eifel.
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