The Natura2000 site “Oberlauf der Rur” is the key area in the regional and supra-regional biotope network for the Violet Copper within the StädteRegion Aachen. It is located in the northern Eifel, which is characterised by high precipitation, low temperatures and poor soils. The river Rur rises in the moors of the Hautes Fagnes and is fed by numerous tributaries on its way through the Eifel. Species-rich meadows and extensive forests line adjacent slopes and meadows.
Area size: 938 ha, height above sea level: 550-280 m, long-term averages precipitation and temperature: 1100 mm, 6.5°C