Hiking on the Rursee in the Eifel
The Eifel for connoisseurs, our goal was between Einruhr and Rurberg in Nordrhein-Westfalen. We are not far from Monschau and want to hike on the Rursee in the Eifel. Green! Especially lush green! That was our first impression of the Rursee valley. Our gaze wanders over the village of Dedenborn to the Eifel National Park. The place goes back to the middle of the 16th century. The national park, on the other hand, is still young. The national park has only existed since January 1st, 2004. For many years the region was a restricted military area. When the Belgian troops finally withdrew, it was decided to turn it into a national park.
Since then, this area has largely been left to nature. In this way, untouched primeval forests can develop again without human intervention. Many rare animal and plant species can now be found here. Beech and oak forests are also traversed by streams that flow into several reservoirs. We are on the way at the Rursee, one of the largest of them. We see that the animals feel at home in their new home when we look at ours Hike approaching a wild goose. This cannot be disturbed by us. On the contrary, she even seems to be posing for Petar's video. In any case, she is not shy of people.
A gourmet tour for connoisseurs on the Rursee in the Eifel
A few years ago we were a guest in the region. The idyllic town is only a few kilometers from here Monschau. At that time we were able to get to know its culinary specialties. This time we are again on the trail of connoisseurs. Except that this time we combine the enjoyment of nature with the enjoyment of regional specialties. We go hiking at the Rursee in the Eifel. A hiking trail leads directly along the lake from Einruhr to Rurberg. This offers us views of the dense forests on both sides of the lake again and again. These are Walkingas we like them.
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We are on the Rurtal gourmet tour. This is one of the pleasure hikes offered by the Rursee Touristik. If we want to hike on the Rursee in the Eifel, we have two options to choose from. On the one hand, we can hike from Einruhr along the route along the lake to Rurberg and then back over the hills. Or - and we like this option more - we take the boat from Rurberg back to Einruhr.
At the Rursee in the Eifel, enjoy hiking to Eifel restaurants
Before that, however, we will taste the seasonal specialties of the region. After a gourmet breakfast at Gasthof Schütt in Einruhr, we set out on our hike along the lake, well-fortified. We need almost two hours for the route from Einruhr to Rurberg. The route is too beautiful not to keep stopping to enjoy the view.
What needs to be in the suitcase?
- Find suitable You need walking shoes for wide feet here
- A backpack does good service on a trip to the Eifel National Park.
- Think of one rain jacketthat protects against sudden thunderstorms and wind
- If the sun shines, it helps sun hat against a sunburn.
- A Hiking guides and maps for the Eifel National Park * help with the orientation and selection of hiking trails.
- Check our hiking checklistwhether you have packed everything for a hike.
Eifel peasant ham in the Gasthof Ziegler
We continue our hike around the Rursee in the Eifel. In Rurberg the path goes uphill to the Hotel Restaurant Ziegler, a half-timbered house with four rooms. The starter of our lunch menu is already waiting for us there: delicious Eifel farmer's ham on a salad bouquet with raspberry dressing and walnuts. We sit down on one of the rustic wooden benches on the terrace of the inn and taste the starter. The specialties of the Eifel for connoisseurs are already reserved for us and are offered as a package by the Rursee Touristik. We only give our vouchers in the restaurants.
Döppekooche with asparagus and ham at the Genießer Wirtshaus
For the main course in the Genießer Wirtshaus in Rurberg we have to set off again. We continue our hike at the Rursee in the Eifel. It's uphill again until we discover the Genießer-Wirtshaus on the left of the road. The landlady, Ms. Daners, awaits us there. She tells us that the dish is actually not a regional specialty. Instead, it is a dish from her husband's kitchen. Grated potatoes are mixed with asparagus and ham in a small pot. They are served with a fresh salad and a sauce as the main course on our gourmet tour.
Incidentally, you can also stay overnight in the Genießer Wirtshaus as well as in the Gasthof Ziegler. So if you would like to stay longer there, you can do that.
However, we make our way back to the shore of the Rursee. There is one of the national park gates. Here you can find out more about the National Park, its wildlife and the idea behind it. We learn that pearl mussels can even be found in the waters of the region. There are also crayfish and beavers, who now feel at home here again.
Just a few steps from the National Park Gate, the Stella Maris excursion boat leaves for Einruhr. This brings us back to our starting point, past densely wooded banks. At the national park gate, a ranger told us that true wilderness experiences now await visitors in the more remote parts of the park beyond the lake shores. When we see the dense forests, we believe him immediately.
Coffee and cake in the restaurant Eifelhaus
At the end of our tour through the Eifel for connoisseurs waits right at the pier in Einruhr the restaurant Eifelhaus with a large garden on us. There's a piece of cheese cake. We treat ourselves to a large portion of hot chocolate with amaretto and cream.
However, we do without dinner after this gourmet tour. Instead, we review the great impressions of the Rursee, the national park and the gourmet restaurants at Gasthof Schütt in Einruhr, where we stay overnight.
We were on the spring tour through the Eifel for connoisseurs. The dishes vary according to the season. Therefore, different dishes are offered in summer and autumn.
Have you now felt like hiking in the Eifel? Then take a look at the tips from Travelsanne. She was on the Eifelsteig on road.
Parking at the airport
Arrival at the Rursee in the Eifel
Book pleasure hikes at the Rursee in the Eifel
Various Leisurely walks you can book at the Rursee tourism.
Accommodation in Einruhr:
Hotels, apartments and other accommodation in Einruhr * You can also book via our partner booking.com under this link. However, we stayed at the Gasthof Schütt, a two-star Gasthof Garni.
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Source for the Eifel for connoisseurs: own research on site. We also thank the Rursee Touristik GmbH for the friendly support of this trip. Our opinion, however, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
Photos © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
Video © Copyright Petar Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline