The Wurm (German pronunciation: [vʊʁm]; Dutch: Worm [ʋɔr(ə)m]) 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.

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 is a left (western) tributary of the Rur (Dutch: Roer). The Rur is a tributary of the Meuse.

The sources of the Wurm are several brooks in the forests southwest of Aachen, which form the Wurm after the Diepenbenden reservoir. From there the Wurm nowadays flows through canals through the city of Aachen, until it resurfaces again at the Europaplatz in the east of Aachen. North of Aachen (between Kerkrade and Herzogenrath) the river forms the border with the Netherlands for approximately 10 km. It flows into the Rur near Heinsberg.

Other towns on 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 source brooks were fed from the thermal springs in Aachen.


See alsoEdit


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