Münsterland

From nobility to industrial sights – culture and nature in Münsterland

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From nobility to industrial sights – culture and nature in Münsterland

Bike Touring Collection by Münsterland

6

Tours

16:32 h

166 mi

3,075 ft

Cycling and Münsterland go hand in hand. The unspoilt landscape, well-developed network of paths, pretty villages and the impressive sights make this region in North Rhine-Westphalia a dream for cyclists. Even though the paths are predominantly flat, there’s plenty of variety. In this Collection, we present six particularly beautiful Tours in Münsterland that focus on nature and culture. Expect magnificent buildings, historical treasures, picturesque villages and idyllic, soothing nature.

The six trails we show you in this Collection are designed as day Tours. Thanks to the flat topography of the Münsterland and the numerous highlights along the way, the routes make a super trip for the whole family. If you want to pedal a little longer, then check out the 140-kilometre (87 mi) Aa-Vechte Tour which is ideal for a two-stage weekend trip. You get to know the region along the Dutch border at your own pace. If two days are too long for you, you can just do one of the 60-kilometre (37 mi) stages instead.

There are many places to cycle in the Münsterland if these journeys whet your appetite for more. You can ride around the town of Ahlen which is full of contrasts, through the quiet countryside around Borken, the romantic Lippe Valley and check out the cement works near Beckum. All Tours have one thing in common – they offer the perfect mix of nature and culture.

You find plenty of opportunities to stop for a bite to eat en route, at the very latest at the finish line. It’s still worth packing some provisions and having a picnic at one of the beautiful rating places on the banks of a river or lake.

If you travel to Münsterland without a car, you can easily reach the individual starting points by train. There are also bicycle buses to various places in the region on weekends and holidays.

If you are travelling in the Münsterland without a car, then you can get to the individual starting points by train in a very relaxed way. On weekends and holidays, there are also bicycle buses that travel to various points in the region (for more information, click here: muensterland.com/en/tourism/topics/cycling/service-for-cyclists/bicycle-and-fietsen-buses). If you’re planning several Tours at once, the charming city of Münster is the perfect base camp.

Embark on a Tour of discovery through the diverse Münsterland region – ideally on your Leeze (the regional word for bicycle). Typical Münsterland.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    04:05
    41.7 mi
    10.2 mph
    600 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    One cycle path, two rivers, nine towns - this is what the Aa-Vechte-Tour promises you. The 140-kilometer round is one of the most beautiful bike routes in the Münsterland and can be easily divided into two stages. On the first day you cycle from Burgsteinfurt to Schöppingen. The almost 70 kilometers long route awaits you with a lot of culture, history or wonderful nature.

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    37.6 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It continues with stage 2 on the Aa-Vechte cycle path. With its 60 kilometers, today's tour is a little bit shorter than the first stage - but no less varied. …

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  • Intermediate
    02:00
    21.0 mi
    10.5 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The city of Ahlen is the perfect starting point for your discovery tour of nature and culture in the Münsterland. This 33 kilometer route shows you how rich in contrast the region is. Since you hardly expect any notable vertical meters, the varied tour is also ideal for an excursion with the whole family. It starts on the market square in Ahlen. You can arrive in a relaxed manner using public transport.

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  • Intermediate
    02:12
    22.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Would you like to get to know the landscape around Borken? Then get on your bike and pedal with swing. On the almost 37 kilometers long Borkener Landpartie there is pure nature, peppered with some cultural highlights. The tour starts on the market square in Borken. With its historic buildings, the place offers you a perfect introduction to this leisurely tour.

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    25.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this 41-kilometer round trip you will get to know the contrasts of the romantic Lippe Valley - from the gentle park landscapes in the north to the fertile bordering …

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  • Easy
    01:55
    17.2 mi
    9.0 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Exciting insights into past and present cement production around Beckum await you on this almost 28-kilometer round tour. Look forward to a varied round that will lead you to abandoned sites of industrial culture and picturesque landscape oases - nature meets cement culture. Since you only have to master a few meters in altitude, you can fully concentrate on the landscape and its history.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    166 mi
  • Duration
    16:32 h
  • Elevation
    3,075 ft

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Münsterland

From nobility to industrial sights – culture and nature in Münsterland