Hike at the Rursee in the Eifel

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Einruhr in the Eifel

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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On the Rursee in the Eifel
Hike at the Rursee in the Eifel


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.

Hike on the Rursee in the Eifel and enjoy visiting 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.


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Eifel peasant ham in the restaurant Ziegler
Eifel peasant ham in the restaurant Ziegler


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 on our Eifel for connoisseurs tour
Döppekooche with asparagus and ham on our tour on the Rursee in the Eifel


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.


Lunch in the gourmet tavern
Lunch in the connoisseur inn on the Rursee in the Eifel


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.


Pearl mussels in the National Park Tor in Rurberg
Pearl mussels in the national park gate in Rurberg on Rursee in the Eifel


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.


Hot chocolate with cream and amaretto in the restaurant Eifelhaus
Hot chocolate with cream and amaretto in the Eifelhaus restaurant on the Rursee in the Eifel


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.


Gasthof Schütt in Einruhr
Gasthof Schütt in Einruhr


We were on the spring tour through the Eifel for connoisseurs. The dishes vary depending on the season. Therefore, other 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.

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Parking at the airport

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Arrival at the Rursee in the Eifel

For example, book your journey here by flight, bus or train*. Of Aachen, Cologne or Bonn, the journey to the region takes about one hour by car.

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Book pleasure hikes at the Rursee in the Eifel

You can also book various pleasure hikes at Rursee Touristik.

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
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Hike at the Rursee in the Eifel

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

12 thoughts too "Hike at the Rursee in the Eifel"

    1. Dear Katja,

      you're right. A little reminiscent of potato pancakes. However, döppelkooche are a bit coarser grated. The pleasure trip you would certainly like it.

      Best regards,

  1. As always, a nice report from you! Sounds like a great trip and overnight stay! Especially your cocoa and cake break convinced me: P

    All the best

  2. Reads as always great and the culinary delights are not to be despised. Since you can really go so well. The National Park also looks really great, the many green looks insanely reassuring.



    1. Dear Victoria,

      You are right: the green landscapes on the Rursee are really relaxing. The nature in this region is worth a visit.

      Best regards,

  3. Oh how nice, hiking and eating in a tour ... that would be something for me and the Eifel is anyway a really great area. I have to remember that right away, with the Amaretto chocolate, I'm sure synonymous persuaded my friend;)

    Best regards,

    1. Dear Nicole,

      the Amaretto chocolate was great :)! And the hiking tour cozy and a pleasure. For those who like it wilder, there are hiking trails in the Eifel National Park. In the meantime, certain regions are left to nature again. A great concept, I think.

      Best regards,

  4. Dear Monika,

    the Eifel is also a place where I have to go.
    Unfortunately, I'm more abroad than traveling with us in Germany. Germany is just as beautiful.

    And I love half-timbered houses. They exude a coziness.
    And the food ... delicious!

    Best regards,


    1. Dear Saskia,

      for us, Germany is also “new territory”, like all of Europe. Until a few years ago we always traveled to other continents. It was only through blogging that we started to be interested in Europe and Germany. We are always amazed at the beautiful corners and interesting cities here.

      Best regards,

  5. I think it's great that the area has been turned into a national park! Your culinary delights look absolutely delicious once again, especially the farmer's ham;)

    1. Dear Michaela,

      You can also use such military areas for more peaceful purposes. Amazing, I found that just makes it a nature reserve. But I think that makes sense. Industry is already enough in this region. There are no natural spaces. And the peasant ham was delicious

      Best regards,

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