Hürth Stands For German Media And Coal Mining

Created with the merger of thirteen formerly independent villages, Hürth is certainly a large area to explore. With the actual town not really being just one place exactly, the whole town area is spread out for miles and dotted with lakes and vast stretches of forest. You will certainly cover a lot of ground when exploring some of the wonderful buildings around here.

Although there is not one single area for street cafes, there is certainly no shortage of restaurants to entertain you — and there will never be a shortage of interesting stores for you to wander around.

It’s also very likely that you will come across some cultural event or other while you are visiting this area. There is a very packed schedule of events for the locals and tourists alike — they certainly know how to celebrate their past, and anything else really…

Also, don’t be surprised when you meet and greet celebrities on the street. Hürth is the largest site for private television productions in Europe. Plus, the German version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is being produced here (Wer wird Millionär?).

If you enjoy history, investigate the extensive Roman Eifel Aquaduct that used to run through Hürth from the mountains in the west during the 1st century. It would supply the population of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium (thankfully now known as Köln) with fresh drinking water. Its 95 kilometer length is mostly hidden underground, but there is still plenty of it to be seen around the streets here and sometimes in the most unusual places.

Should you be interested in following its lengthy route, the Römerkanal-Wanderweg trail does just that for around 100km from Hürth out towards the town of Nettersheim in the Eifel mountains. You can catch buses to all the key points from your base here in town, or walk the entire length over several days. I’d advise the former as you then have more time to entertain yourself in many of the great bars in town of an evening…

For those who enjoy the outdoors, why not head to the nearby Nature Reserve of Villeseenplatte. This huge protected wooded area is full of picturesque villages and baroque castles across its undulating landscape — and was once a great hunting ground for the aristocracy. The whole area is also filled with over forty great lakes, formed from more recent coal mining activities, but they create a great place for a picnic!

 

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