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Mühle bei Rimburg.jpg
Zwei Mühlen on the Wurm between Schloss Rimburg (D) and the village of Rimburg (NL)
Course of the Inde, Wurm and Rur
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Reference no.DE: 2828
Physical characteristics
 - locationSouth of Aachen
 - coordinates50°44′15″N 6°05′16″E / 50.7374694°N 6.0877111°E / 50.7374694; 6.0877111Coordinates: 50°44′15″N 6°05′16″E / 50.7374694°N 6.0877111°E / 50.7374694; 6.0877111
 - elevation265 m above sea level (NN)
 - location
North of Heinsberg into the Rur
 - coordinates
51°05′52″N 6°06′22″E / 51.0977°N 6.1062°E / 51.0977; 6.1062
 - elevation
32 m above sea level (NN)
Length57.1 km (35.5 mi) [1]
Basin size355.518 km2 (137.266 sq mi) [1]
Basin features
ProgressionRurMeuseNorth Sea
  • Cities: Aachen
  • Large towns: Geilenkirchen

The Wurm (German; Dutch: Worm) is a river in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in western Germany. It rises in the Eifel mountains and flows for 57 kilometres before discharging into the Rur.


The Wurm is a left (western) arm of the Rur (Dutch: Roer). The Rur becomes an offshoot of the Maas.

The wellspring of the Wurm are a few brooks in the woodlands southwest of Aachen, which make up the Wurm after the Diepenbenden waterstock. From there the Wurm nowadays flows through canals through the city of Aachen, until it upsprings again at the Europaplatz in the east of Aachen. North of Aachen (between Kerkrade and Herzogenrath) the river landmarks the border with the Netherlands for roughly. 10 km. It flows into the Rur near Heinsberg.

Other towns alongst the river Wurm are Würselen, Übach-Palenberg and Geilenkirchen.

The name Wurm is thought to originate from the German word warm (same meaning in English), as the headwater brooks were fed from the hotsprings in Aachen.


See also[edit]


  • Kalinka, G.; Schütten, J. (1993). Naturraum Wurmtal. Wurmverlag Herzogenrath. ASIN B0029ZWV8I.