Vista 233 veces, descargada 5 veces
preto de Rurberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Deutschland)
We selected this hike as a training hike for more alpine trails planned for the future, with the aim of more than 700 meters elevation gain. For this, we had to cross the summit plateau three times; and while this sounds rather repetitive, it actually proved to be a fun hike on well maintained forest trails and roads. Note, that this is a rather long hike, covering a distance of more then 22.5 kilometers. Also look at the elevation diagram.
The hike starts at the tourist center in Rurberg. Rurberg is one of the prime touristic spot in the northern Eifel, boasting cruises on the ships on the dams, an outdoor swimming area on the lake, and several hotels. It can be very busy on fine summer days - though there will be much less traffic on this hike.
You first cross the Eiserbachdamm, with the swimming areas on your right, then the Paulushofdamm, which separates the upper and the lower Rur reservoir. At the end of the dam, the trail steeply climbs up the Kermeter, and continues relentlessly until you reach the plateau. Further on you pass a large picnic area, until you reach the Hirschley - a nice rest area with great views towards Rurberg village. You have managed your first (of three) ascents of the Kermeter.
Descend to Schwammenaul, almost at lake level. Fom here, it is up again, following signage to the Abbey Mariawald. Watch out at waypoint 12, where you leave the route to Mariawald, and continue to the parking area at the Alte Buchen (old beeches). You have climbed the Kermeter for the second time.
Continue straight ahead for a long while, always downhill. At waypoint 14 you meet an asphalt road. If you don't feel for climbimg the Kermeter a third time, you may follow the asphalt road down to the lake, and return to Rurberg via the lakkeshore trail - which can be very busy, as it is also popular among cyclists. If you have energy left, go uphill, and leave the asphalt for a foottrail at way point 15. At waypoint 16, you will have climbed Kermeter for the third time, and from here it is all downhill.
At waypoint 17, do not follow the signs to Rurberg, but turn sharp left instead. This part of the trail is particularly pleasant, with good views across the lakes.
There are several options, including taking a ship from Schwammenauel to Rurberg