Barmener See

Kreis Düren, Nordrhein-Westfalen  >  Germany

Renatured gravel pit in the valley of the river Rur. Nice place to observe water birds in winter.

Added* by Claudia Zentis
Most recent update 9 January 2023
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Lake Barmener (Barmener See) was created as a result of large-scale gravel extraction in the valley of the river Rur. The gravel pit was then redesigned. The western shore is used for recreation, here is a sandy beach and boating recreation. The eastern bank is designated for nature. With a small island and resting areas for birds. With its large water surface and its bird island, the Barmener See attracts mainly water birds. Especially in the winter months, all kinds of ducks visit the area. Then there are groups of Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall and Common Teal. Rarities such as Goosander and Smew are also sometimes present. Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Coot and Mute Swan are present throughout the year. Great Cormorant often hunt in groups. A dozen Grey Heron breed on the island. Sometimes they are visited by Great Egret. Various Beavers also live around the Barmener See. The lake also has a bird hide on the eastern shore.



The Barmener See is located near Jülich-Barmen. You can park at the sports fields on the road to the lake. Click on the P in the map for directions. You can walk around the Barmener See (3.5 km). This path runs along the bird hide.

Terrain and Habitat

Lake , Wetland



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


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Birdwatching hide / platform


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