Prüm (river)

The Prüm (German pronunciation: [ˈpʁʏm]) is a river in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, left tributary of the Sauer.

Pruem waxweiler.jpg
The Prüm near Waxweiler
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Course of the Prüm
DistrictsVulkaneifel and Bitburg-Prüm
Reference no.DE: 2628
Physical characteristics
 • locationBetween Ormont and Reuth on the Schneifelridge
 • coordinates50°18′53″N 6°28′8.8″E / 50.31472°N 6.469111°E / 50.31472; 6.469111Coordinates: 50°18′53″N 6°28′8.8″E / 50.31472°N 6.469111°E / 50.31472; 6.469111
 • elevationca. 650 m above sea level (NHN)
 • location
in Minden into the Sauer
 • coordinates
49°49′22″N 6°28′16.1″E / 49.82278°N 6.471139°E / 49.82278; 6.471139
 • elevation
ca. 154 m above sea level (NHN)
Length95.04 km (59.06 mi)[1]
Basin size888.758 km2 (343.151 sq mi)[1]
 • locationat its mouth[2]
 • average11.42 m³/s
Basin features
ProgressionSauerMoselleRhineNorth Sea
 • leftNims
 • rightEnz
WaterbodiesReservoirs: Bitburg Reservoir
River Prüm between Prümzurlay und Irrel, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.JPG
The Prüm between Prümzurlay and Irrel

Its total length is 95 km (59 mi), and its basin area is 889 km2 (343 sq mi).[3] The Prüm rises in the Schneifel hills, north of the town of Prüm, close to the border with Belgium. It flows southward through Prüm, Waxweiler, Holsthum, and Irrel. The Prüm discharges to the Sauer in Minden, on the border with Luxembourg, three kilometres east of Echternach. The largest tributary of the Prüm is the Nims.

Catchment and tributariesEdit

The catchment of the Prüm is 888.758 km2 (343.151 sq mi)[1] in area. The largest tributaries of the Prüm are (l = left bank (dark blue), r = right bank (light blue)):

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Geoexplorer of the Rhineland-Palatinate Water Authority (Wasserwirtschaftsverwaltung Rheinland-Pfalz)
  2. ^ Combined gauge data from Prümzurlay on the Prüm and Alsdorf-Oberecken on its confluence with the Nims, increased by the remaining catchment area (51.2 km²) with a (low estimate) Mq of 10 l/s km²
  3. ^ Geoportal Rheinland-Pfalz