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Discover the historical treasures of Münsterland by bike – 100 Castles Route

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Discover the historical treasures of Münsterland by bike – 100 Castles Route

Bike Touring Collection by Münsterland

20

Tours

71:42 h

709 mi

14,375 ft

Fairytale moated castles with extensive parks, magnificent baroque buildings and imposing sandstone palaces with exquisite gardens – there are countless treasures to discover in Münsterland along the 100 Castles Route. This picturesque region in northwestern Germany offers over 600 miles (960 km) of cycling paths through picturesque landscapes characterised by green meadows, rolling pastures, woodland, and hedge-lined roads.

In this Collection, we guide you along the entire 100 Castles Route in four circulars: West, North, East and South. The easiest place to start the West route is from the city of Coesfeld, which has a train station. The other three routes start from Münster’s central station. The circulars sometimes overlap so you can combine them together to ride the entire route.

On each of the loops, beautiful scenery and stunning history awaits. On the five-stage west route, you visit Anholt moated castle and Raesfeld Castle. On the north route, you discover the hilly landscape of the Tecklenburger Land over six stages, visiting Steinfurt and Bentheim castles. More castles await of the east course, which takes you to Loburg and Harkotten castles during its four stages. Finally, on the south course, you will be impressive by Westerwinkel and Nordkirchen castle as you explore the area to the south of Münster over four stages.

Regardless of which of the routes you choose, you will find accommodation, restaurants, cafés and often train stations en route and at end destinations making it easy to shorten your ride or skip out some sections. There are countless castles and palaces to discover so keep your eyes peeled and enjoy the treasures of Münsterland!

Here you can find the full tours for the different loops:
West: komoot.de/tour/603722766
North: komoot.de/tour/603762224
East: komoot.de/tour/603883297
South: komoot.de/tour/607206300

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100 Schlösser Route – Westkurs

199 mi

3,425 ft

3,425 ft

Last updated: April 1, 2022

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:07
    42.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Coesfeld you get on the west route in the 100 castles route. You can get here comfortably by train, for example from Münster, Dortmund, Dorsten or Enschede in the Netherlands.

    

    Right behind Coesfeld you cycle through a hilly field and meadow landscape and pass the first magnificent buildings, such as

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  • Intermediate
    03:50
    38.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    575 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Behind Haltern am See you dive straight into the beautiful landscape of the Lippeauen. After you have driven a bit parallel to the loops of the river, you move away from the river and cycle on quiet bike paths through the picturesque parkland of the Münsterland. You will soon reach Lembeck Castle. Here

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  • Intermediate
    04:27
    44.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    675 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You follow the Aa from Bocholt and cycle behind the gates of the city on the near-natural Aa bike path directly along the banks of the river. After about ten kilometers you leave the Aa bike path and drive through the Schüttensteiner forest to Isselburg. Past the Anholter Switzerland Biotope Wildlife

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  • Intermediate
    04:22
    43.3 mi
    9.9 mph
    675 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Right behind Borken you cycle through Gemen, where you can visit Gemen Castle. Then it continues along the Bocholter Aa to Ramsdorf. From here you drive a beautiful arch, past picturesque fields and meadows, which takes you to Velen Castle in the town of the same name.

    

    After taking a first break here

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  • Difficult
    03:43
    36.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    575 ft
    500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You leave Ahaus on flat paths, passing some dreamy ponds. After you have left the last houses of the city behind you, you dive back into the beautiful park landscape. You drive past small forests, fields bordered by hedges and meadows and pass small villages and the cozy bathing lake "Im Donsel". Finally

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  • Easy
    00:49
    7.56 mi
    9.2 mph
    275 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The connection between the west course and the north course of the 100 castles route begins in Skirsfeld at the Medding bus stop.

    

    From here you cycle past the pretty Jagdschlösschen in the Skirsfeld at the beginning and then roll on through the beautiful nature of the quiet forest that surrounds you

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    21.5 mi
    9.0 mph
    700 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can start the north course of the 100 Schlösser Route directly at the main train station in the center of Münster. From here you cycle west of the city. On the way, a stop at the Prince-Bishop's Castle in Münster is worthwhile.

    

    At the gates of Münster you cycle past Rüschhaus and Vögeding to the fairytale

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  • Intermediate
    03:43
    37.2 mi
    10.0 mph
    650 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From Billerbeck you cycle through the parkland to Darfeld. Behind the village, the path leads you around the forest at Haus Burlo. An enchanted pond and an old, romantic mill enchant you here at the edge of the forest. We continue via Eggerode, where you will pass the Vechte river. A small climb lets

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    39.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    600 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Immediately after Ochtrup you will be welcomed by wonderful nature: You cycle through the nature reserve Tuetenvenn and then along the edge of the Gildehauser Venns. Shortly afterwards you will reach Bad Bentheim. Here is the Bentheim hill castle. A visit is definitely worth it, because you can not only

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  • Intermediate
    03:52
    36.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    In Rheine you follow the beautiful bike path along the Ems. Then you cross the river and the Emsauen and cycle through fields, meadows and spruce forests to Bevergern. Here you meet the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the “Nasse Dreieck”, where the Mittelland Canal branches off. You cross all the canals and cycle

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    23.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You drive south from Lengerich and turn east at the gates of the city. Past several ponds and the picturesque Niedermarker See, you reach the foot of the Teutoburg Forest again.

    

    A crisp climb leads you under shady trees up to the mountain range. Once at the top, you can enjoy wonderful views of the picturesque

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    34.6 mi
    9.8 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Behind Füchtorf you dive into the rural idyll of the Münsterland parkland and cycle to Loburg Castle. After looking around here, you will soon reach Ostbevern, where you can take a first break. In the neighboring town of Westbevern you will also find cozy restaurants with a terrace or beer garden.

    

    Freshly

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  • Difficult
    05:10
    50.7 mi
    9.8 mph
    775 ft
    800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    You can join the east course of the 100 Schlösser Route directly at the main train station in Münster. From here you cycle out of the city, crossing the Dortmund-Ems Canal. You reach the Werse through beautiful meadows and fields. You follow this through a beautiful meadow landscape to the north to the

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    52.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    At the start of the second stage of the east course, you leave Warendorf heading south. Through the picturesque park landscape you cycle on a relatively flat route via Westkirchen to Ostenfelde. At the gates of the village you can take a look at Schloss Vornholz.

    

    After you have crossed Ostfelde, it gets

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  • Intermediate
    04:21
    42.6 mi
    9.8 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Herzfeld you cross the Lippe and its picturesque meadows. On the other side of the river in Hovestadt you will pass the Hovestadt moated castle and its spacious castle garden. Then you cycle in a large arc through colorful fields and lush meadows. You cross the ax twice and finally reach the lip

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    24.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    325 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    You start off comfortably in the fourth stage of the east course and cycle on flat paths through the picture-perfect park landscape of the Münsterland. You will pass Gut Brückhausen and Alverskirchen. In Wollbeck you finally reached half of the stage and earned an extensive break. In addition to a cozy

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    33.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    425 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    It starts at the main train station in Münster. From here you cycle on the south course to the east, cross the Dormund-Ems Canal and meet the Werse at the gates of the city. You follow the course of the river south and roll through a picturesque meadow landscape. Again and again the bike path leads directly

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  • Intermediate
    04:21
    45.9 mi
    10.6 mph
    850 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Aschenberg you cycle past fields, pastures and orchards to Drensteinfurt, where you can pay a visit to the Haus Steinfurt moated castle. Then you make your way to Hebern. Before you curl up in the city, it goes over a small hill from which you can enjoy beautiful views over the vast landscape.

    

    Right

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    31.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    800 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    A few kilometers behind Lüdinghausen you pass the Wasserburg Haus Kakesbeck. From here you cycle on to Senden, where you can calmly marvel at Senden Castle.

    

    From Senden you cycle along a flat river bike path directly along the Stever. You are surrounded by beautiful nature. In Appelhülsen you leave the

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    21.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    525 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Through picturesque countryside, you first drive from Billerbeck to Havixbeck and from there on past fields, meadows and romantic forest to the fairytale Wasserschloss Hülshoff. A longer break is worthwhile here, during which you can also fortify yourself in the café.

    

    With a lot of impressions and new

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    20
  • Distance
    709 mi
  • Duration
    71:42 h
  • Elevation
    14,375 ft

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