About Rurtalsperre


Towards the end of the Second World War, the river Rur was located in the front area between the German troops and the Allied troops. On February 10, 1945, German troops sabotaged the valves of the dam, so that the reservoir emptied. This caused high water downstream in the river Rur, causing Allied operations to be delayed by two weeks. Between 1955 and 1959 the dam was raised by twenty meters to the current 77 meters above the old bed of the river. This considerably expanded the surface of the lake, as far as the town of Einruhr.