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Cycling day trips to the most beautiful castles and palaces in Münsterland

Münsterland

Cycling day trips to the most beautiful castles and palaces in Münsterland

Bike Touring Collection by Münsterland

9

Tours

29:53 h

296 mi

5,475 ft

The beautiful region of Münsterland in northern Germany is known as the “Land of hundred castles” thanks to its vast number of historic castles and palaces. These wonderful places are easy to reach by bike via the region’s extensive network of cycle paths. In Münsterland, you ride through picturesque parklands characterized by romantic woodlands, lush meadows, colourful fields, and hedge-lined lanes. This wonderful landscape is topped off by the fairytale castles and palaces -- – the icing on the cake of your cycling adventure.

In this Collection, we show you nine of the most beautiful circular routes that take you to Münsterland’s legendary castles and palaces. All of the Tours are manageable in a day and mostly flat, making them perfect for the whole family. The routes are between 27 and 39 miles (44 and 64 km) long and showcase the variety of the region. You will get to know charming little villages, historic old towns and the most precious treasures to be found in Münsterland.

Whether you prefer history, scenery, culture, or all three, the routes include something for everyone. You can visit the Prince Bishop’s Residence in Münster and the Hülshoff Castle, the birthplace of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. Riding through the Steinfurt area takes you to various monasteries, lakes, and rivers whilst Coesfeld offers three outstanding castles and palaces: Westerwinkel Castle, Nordkirchen Castle and Vischering Castle. All of the routes in this Collection promise wonderful landscapes and, of course, countless palaces and castles.

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  • Intermediate
    03:37
    35.6 mi
    9.8 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The beautiful circular tour through the district of Borken begins at the Stadtmuseum Borken. From here you cycle along the Döringbach through the city park and finally out of the city. Across the fields you reach the western tip of Lake Pröbsting on flat paths, where you can take a first break and refresh

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  • Intermediate
    03:38
    37.7 mi
    10.4 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The tour starts in the Coesfeld district in the lovely town of Ascheberg. You cycle west from the village and dive into a wonderfully open landscape, which is characterized by wide fields and meadows. This country idyll accompanies you to Lüdinghausen.

    

    Here you will find three worth seeing castles in

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  • Intermediate
    03:02
    30.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Rheine, the second largest city in the Münsterland region, is the starting point for the round trip through the district of Steinfurt. It starts at the Falkenhof Museum. From here you cycle directly to the Ems and follow it. Past the Emswehr we go to the Godine Saltworks. Here you can inhale the healthy

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  • Intermediate
    03:52
    40.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circular tour through the Warendorf district begins at Liesborn Abbey in Wadersloh-Liesborn. From here you drive on the 100 castles route through a beautiful field and meadow landscape to Herzfeld, where you can visit the Sankt Ida pilgrimage church.

    

    Then you cross the Lippe and reach Hovestadt on

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  • Intermediate
    02:54
    28.6 mi
    9.9 mph
    575 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful round tour starts in Münster, which you can easily reach by train. You cycle from Münster Castle on the 100 castles route northwest out of the city.

    

    After you have left the last houses behind you, you will reach Haus Rüschhaus, which was temporarily the home of the writer Annette von Droste

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    27.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the round tour through the wonderful landscape around Steinfurt begins at the train station in Steinfurt-Burgsteinfurt.

    

    From here you cycle through the remarkable old town, past Steinfurt Castle and into the beautiful nature reserve in Bagno. Here the path leads you through picturesque

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    35.0 mi
    9.5 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The round tour begins at the magnificent Raesfeld Castle and leads you into the center of Raesfeld. Here you turn south and will soon be surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Hohe Mark Nature Park. Large fields and meadows extend to the left and right of the roadside. They are often lined with

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  • Intermediate
    03:20
    30.6 mi
    9.2 mph
    875 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The starting point of the round tour through the heart of the Münsterland is at Gerleve Abbey. After you have looked around in peace, you drive past meadows and fields on a small hill from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the landscape and to Billerbeck.

    

    The subsequent descent takes you to Haus

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  • Difficult
    03:07
    30.5 mi
    9.8 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In Ahaus the round tour starts at the baroque castle of the same name, which is surrounded by a large moat. From the castle you cycle through the beautiful modern city center before leaving the city to the west and then half-rounding it in a large arc.

    

    North of Ahaus, you can then fully immerse yourself

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    296 mi
  • Duration
    29:53 h
  • Elevation
    5,475 ft

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