Hiking in Rurtal

The Rur Valley is one of the few places in the Eifel that is easily accessible by train from Cologne. There are beautiful paths along the hillside, with many small trails, rocks (you can also climb here!) and constant views over the Rur valley and of the medieval castle of Nideggen.

Our tour starts in Obermaubach, where there is a nice beer garden and a reservoir, where you are not allowed to swim in. You follow - more or less - the red sandstone path and pass many rocks with adventurous shapes and wild colours along the way. Halfway along the route, you will pass through Nideggen, where it is worth making a detour to the castle and where you can also get an ice cream or coffee and cake. The route ends in Abenden, from where the Rur valley railway will take you back. You can also swim in the Rur, but depending on the time of year it can be quite cold!


  • Time: 60 minutes to get there. Return journey 80 minutes.
  • Cost: VRS area price level 5
    Single ticket: €12.41
    24-hour ticket for 5 people: €42

Take the RE1 from Cologne main station or Ehrenfeld to Düren and then the Rurtalbahn (RB21) to Obermaubach. Return from Abenden with the RB21.

Hikes in Rurtal