komoot
  • Discover
  • Route planner
  • Features
Discover

Cycling towards the horizon – the Emsland Route in Northern Germany

© Emsland Tourismus GmbH, Birgit Janknecht

Cycling towards the horizon – the Emsland Route in Northern Germany

Bike Touring Collection by Emsland Tourismus GmbH

8

Tours

33:59 h

334 mi

4,400 ft

Just before the German mainland merges with the sea behind East Frisia, the beautiful Emsland region stretches along the Dutch border. With views stretching as far as the eye can see, this flat landscape is a wonderful place to cycle. Both the nature and culture lover in you will be satisfied as you ride between canals, floodplains and unspoilt moorland to historic towns, villages and sights, such as the star-shaped Clemenswerth hunting lodge.

To give you even more leeway when planning your trip, we present two different ways of riding the Emsland Route. Depending on how much time or effort you want to invest, you can ride the route in a 402 kilometre (250 mile) lap or in a shorter 316 kilometre (196 mile) variant. If you wish, you can also split your adventure into two routes. You can find all the information and Tours you need for planning in this Collection.

No matter which option you choose, your journey begins at Meppen train station, making it convenient to reach with public transport from anywhere. From Meppen, the Emsland Route first takes you to the north to the port city of Papenburg, close to the East Frisian border. Here, giant cruise ships decorate the horizon as they are assembled in the Meyer shipyard. Next, you curve east to Haselünne, reaching the southernmost point of the Emsland route in Rheine, just after the North Rhine-Westphalian border. From there, the route continues to Lingen and back to Meppen.

The route’s flat gradients make it ideal for beginners or families with children. And, of course, you don't have to do all the stages, which are sometimes a bit long, in one go. You’ll find great places to stay along the route such as rustic country inns and accommodation for cyclists. To keep you energised, you can try a range of tasty regional and international specialities. In times of need, however, you can also simply visit a farm shop or a chic mill café to experience Emsland hospitality.

On The Map

loading
loading

Do it yourself

Ready to get going? Create and customize your own version of this adventure using the full Tour below as a template.

Emsland-Route

244 mi

3,000 ft

3,000 ft

Last updated: December 2, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:00
    49.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    475 ft
    525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    They start your journey through the Emsland ... Well where? On the Ems, of course. More precisely in the city of Meppen at the local train station. In Meppen, the Hase and Ems flow together and both flow into the Dortmund-Ems Canal, which not only accompanies many ships on their way to or from the North

    translated byView Original

    by Emsland Tourismus GmbH

    View
  • Difficult
    07:48
    75.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    With Papenburg you have already reached the northernmost point of the Emsland route. Shortly before the East Frisian border, the cycle path makes a bend towards the southeast. However, it takes a moment before you have cycled out of Papenburg - although the way is not far, there is a new interesting

    translated byView Original

    by Emsland Tourismus GmbH

    View
  • Sign Up To Discover Places Like This

    Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.

  • Intermediate
    04:45
    47.1 mi
    9.9 mph
    825 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The short variant of the second stage takes you on a direct route south from Börgermoor to Sögel. This way you can save almost exactly 50 kilometers of the total distance. You won't get past the concentration camp memorial in Esterwegen or the beautiful Erikasee, but other great highlights await you

    translated byView Original

    by Emsland Tourismus GmbH

    View
  • Intermediate
    03:55
    38.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    500 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your journey on the third stage of the Emsland route begins at the Hase in Haselünne, that idyllic river that you last met briefly at the beginning of your journey in Meppen. The cycle path follows a short stretch of this wonderful river landscape to Herzlake, where it branches off to the south.

    

    In Hasel

    translated byView Original

    by Emsland Tourismus GmbH

    View
  • Intermediate
    01:20
    12.7 mi
    9.5 mph
    175 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The shortcut between Haselünne and Meppen, which you can use to easily split the Emsland route into two smaller rounds, for example, runs comfortably on the cycle path along the Hase. You follow the playful course of the river and cross idyllic floodplain landscapes, while hardly a larger town crosses

    translated byView Original

    by Emsland Tourismus GmbH

    View
  • Intermediate
    04:07
    38.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    600 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage goes back to the Ems. She will also accompany you on the rest of the route until you finally get back to your starting point in Meppen. Before you get to the Ems, you make a short detour from Spelle to the Dortmund-Ems Canal, which you follow to the city of Rheine - the southernmost point

    translated byView Original

    by Emsland Tourismus GmbH

    View
  • Intermediate
    04:38
    46.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage on the Emsland route takes you from Lingen over an approximately 43-kilometer detour towards the Dutch border and then back to your starting point in Meppen. If you prefer to drive directly to Meppen - that is, along the Ems - we recommend the shorter version of stage 5. It saves you 35

    translated byView Original

    by Emsland Tourismus GmbH

    View
  • Intermediate
    02:27
    24.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The short variant of stage number 5 takes you directly from Groß Hesepe to Rühle. You skip the generous extra round in the direction of the Netherlands, but you cycle comfortably over fields and meadows along the meandering Ems.

    

    If you want, you can make a short detour to the river and visit a hydropower

    translated byView Original

    by Emsland Tourismus GmbH

    View

Like this Collection?

Questions and Comments

    loading

Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    334 mi
  • Duration
    33:59 h
  • Elevation
    4,400 ft

You Might Also Like

Naples to North Cape — Two friends, one purpose and many scoops of ice-cream

Bike Touring Collection by NORTH STAR PEDALING

Broad rivers, wide lakes and two seas — Outdoor Initiative #rausundlos

Bike Touring Collection by Die Techniker

Winter in Upper Bavaria – 8 wonderful hikes

Hiking Collection by Oberbayern

KitzAlpBike 2020 - Alban Lakata Challenge

Mountain Biking Collection by Kitzalpbike

Discover

Cycling towards the horizon – the Emsland Route in Northern Germany

What We Offer

Discover
Terms of ServicePrivacy PolicyCommunity GuidelinesSecurity vulnerability reward programImprint