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Riding the Werse-Ems Cycle Route through beautiful Münsterland

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Riding the Werse-Ems Cycle Route through beautiful Münsterland

Bike Touring Collection by Münsterland

4

Tours

11:42 h

118 mi

2,000 ft

The Werse-Ems Cycle Route immerses you in Münsterland’s enchanting landscapes as you ride through idyllic floodplain scenery and untouched nature. You cycle through the unique Münsterland parklands, complete with typical ramparts and endless avenues; discover fairytale moated castles and fortresses; and pedal through historic town centres and dreamy villages. Gentle hills afford unforgettable panoramic views over the picturesque landscape, the Teutoburg Forest and the historic lands of the Soester Börde.

In this Collection, we show you how to comfortably cycle the 190-km (118 mi) circular Werse-Ems Cycle Route in four days. The stages are between 40 and 50 kilometres (25 and 31 mi) long and mostly flat. We have chosen the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück as the starting point, but as the route is circular, you could also start in the stage towns: Ahlen, Münster-Handorf or Warnendorf. You can reach all of the stage towns easily with the regional train from Münster. The good rail connections also mean that you can plan individual stages as day Tours. From your chosen start, you cycle clockwise along the cycle route through the beautiful Münsterland park landscape. You ride directly along the Werse River on a cycle path before accompanying the River Ems as it flows through wide meadows back to Rheda-Wiedenbrück.

There is great infrastructure along the route including well-developed bike paths. You can stop for a break in the pretty nature, a beer garden or a pub. Each of the stage destinations has a good choice of accommodation such as hotels, guesthouses and holiday rentals.

You can look forward to a range of highlights along the route such as colourful parks like the Four Seasons Park in Oelde, turquoise shimmering lakes, impressive aristocratic houses like Rheda Castle, historic old towns such as Warendorf centre, and much more.

The Werse-Ems Cycle Route promises to be a varied bike Tour through lovely scenery. You can see for yourself. For more inspiration, watch:

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Werse-Ems-Radweg

116 mi

2,025 ft

2,025 ft

Last updated: December 13, 2021

Tours & Highlights

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    Etappe 1: Von Rheda-Wiedenbrück nach Ahlen – Werse-Ems-Radweg

    Intermediate
    03:07
    30.4 mi
    9.8 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour starts on the Werse-Ems cycle path in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The tour starts at the “Im Werl” car park. You can park here for free until you are back from your tour. From here you cycle a small loop through the city and then leave it to the west.

    

    On a slightly uphill stretch you drive to the Stromberg

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    31.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    325 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage on the Werse-Ems cycle path is almost completely flat and takes you along long stretches directly along the riverbank. This is also the case in Ahlen. Here you attach yourself to the Werse to start and follow it out of the city.

    

    As soon as you have left the last houses behind you, you

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    26.6 mi
    9.8 mph
    475 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage of the Werse-Ems cycle path also continues flat. From Münster-Handorf you always drive north near the Werse. You cycle through romantic avenues and pass impressive manor houses and country houses.

    

    After Gelmer you will reach the Ems. Here you turn east and accompany the river through the

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  • Intermediate
    02:47
    29.5 mi
    10.6 mph
    475 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Now the last stage of the beautiful round trip along the Werse and Ems is already on the agenda. Before you really start cycling, it is worth taking a detour to the North Rhine-Westphalian state stud right at the beginning in Warendorf.

    

    Then you drive between the Emssee and the Ems along from Warendorf

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    118 mi
  • Duration
    11:42 h
  • Elevation
    2,000 ft

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