Natural, rural and diverse – hiking in the Osnabrück Land
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Pristine nature, history and relaxing in a rural idyll. These are three main themes on a hiking adventure through the Osnabrück region. Around 100 marked hiking trails lead through this wonderful area. They run through flat areas in the North German Plain and across the green slopes of the Teutoburg Forest and the Wiehen Mountains.
Here, you find everything from fantastically laid-out circular trails to widely known long-distance hiking trails. Then, there's the UNESCO Global Geopark TERRA.vita with its infinite variety and space for hiking adventures. The trails here are called TERRA.tracks and combine nature with a fascinating geological past.
We would like to introduce you to 12 of these TERRA.tracks in this Collection. From short walks to extended hiking Tours, there is something here for everyone. The well-designed circular trails follow wide forest paths and narrow trails. They give you a taste of the region’s natural history, showcase magnificent views and help you to get to know this unique landscape to the fullest.
Mixed and pine forests, moorland, wide meadows, springs and colourful heaths – a foray through the UNESCO Geopark TERA.vita brings you close to nature. You choose whether you hike 3 kilometres (1.8 miles) or 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) – a leisurely stroll or a longer hike?
Follow the red ‘T’ on a white background and you are guaranteed a little adventure immersed in history and nature. No matter which Tour you choose, welcome to Osnabrück Land!
Almost ten kilometers full of wonderful nature, peaceful resting places and old stone graves - this is what awaits you on the TERRA.track Alkenkuhle. The 18-hole course of the Artland Golf Club is always in view, you turn your round through the historical area and let the silence of the forest affect you.What is this track named after? After a large hole in the woods between Ankum and Alfhausen. It was probably once created by the power of water, even if the legend of God's anger, who met the bar owner Alke at this point, blames it. All around (and between all the giant trees) a mythical cultural landscape has developed, which you can now discover starting from the parking lot of the golf course.As the first contemporary witness, the impressive large stone grave Grumfeld West awaits you. On the way you will come across five other such megalithic systems, which were built around 5,000 years ago and are now considered the oldest preserved structures in Northwest Europe. But that's not all: With barrows from the last Ice Age and a stone box grave from the Bronze Age, you will also discover other testimonies to human history. All in all, an exciting path that both adults and children enjoy.You can find more information about the track and its history here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-alkenkuhle.
A wonderful walk awaits you very close to the center of Ostercappeln with its impressive St. Lambertus Church. On mostly natural paths and a total length of a good four kilometers, the TERRA.track Dampfross shows you another exciting side of the Osnabrück region.It starts at the Windthorstbrücke car park, which you can reach not only by car, but also on foot from the Ostercappeln train station. You dive directly into the forest and follow a wide forest path in the direction of the Osnabrück - Bremen railway line.You follow it for a while, then you will soon find yourself on a piece of the national DiVa walk. Shortly before you are back at the parking lot, we recommend a detour to the center of Ostercappeln. Because you should definitely take a closer look at the beautiful church in this town. The detour is not part of the official TERRA.tracks and is therefore not signposted.You can find more information about the trail here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-dampfross.
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An easy, not too long hike that brings you closer to a wonderful side of Quakenbrück but also to the rural surroundings of the city. Always following in the footsteps of the water, you hike along numerous arms of the rabbit and past picturesque lakes.It starts at the "Neuer Markt" car park in the heart of Quakenbrück. Passing a few historic buildings, you first make your way towards the market square, which, framed by historic buildings and beautiful half-timbered houses, exudes its own charm. As soon as you have passed the tourist information and the mighty St. Mary's Church, you leave the lively city center behind you.It goes out into nature. Soon you will cross a first small river, the so-called Deichhase. It is part of the rabbit, which is divided into many small "rabbits" just above Quakenbrück. Suddenly you are surrounded by a lot of water - on the one hand the many "rabbits", on the other hand several small and larger lakes. So you do your round - past the holiday lake, halfway around the Deichsee - and finally walk back to your starting point.You can find more information about the trail here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-haseaue.
If you love to roam through magical forests, to sit down in between at quiet rest areas and to enjoy unforgettable views, then you are at the right place at TERRA.track Hollager Berg. The almost nine kilometer long tour lets you immerse yourself in wonderful beech forests and experience a lot of variety.It starts on the outskirts of Hollage (district of Wallenhorst). The path begins directly in the forest and first leads you to the wonderful Kolping-Eck rest area, then to the bank of the Osnabrück branch canal with the Hollager lock. For a while you walk along the canal bank, then always parallel to the motorway and slowly back towards Wallenhorst.The nice thing about this tour? It always gets wonderfully green and yet you always have civilization within reach. Without any noteworthy inclines, you make your way back to your starting point - again through a beautiful beech forest at the end.You can find more information about the round here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-hollager-berg
The large and small Kellenberg are located northwest of Rödinghausen. Powerful natural spaces, wonderful views and magical forests line around them. All the things that you can savor on this varied, eight-kilometer loop.The best way to do this is to start at the “Saurierfährten” nature park hiking car park. At the beginning, the path leads you slightly uphill on well-developed paths directly into nature. After about half of the route you have the opportunity to take a short detour to the Green Lake. A detour that pays off - by the sparkling lake there is also a managed hut where you can stop at "halfway".The way back leads through beautiful forest, with some wonderful views. This TERRA.track shares a short section with the Wittekindsweg, and it also leads a bit along an educational forest trail. Over a length of two kilometers you can find out interesting facts about the forest and forestry. Shortly before the end, it is worth making a detour to a lookout point with a view of Buer and Meesdorf, before you get back to your starting point.You can find information about this trail here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-kellenberg.
The TERRA.track Lüdenstein meanders west of Bad Rothenfelde through the northern Teutoburg Forest. A varied circular route with a total length of almost five kilometers and one or the other nice refreshment stops lies ahead of you.Many hiking trails lead to the spa town of Bad Rothenfelde. This one starts in the center and immediately takes you out into untouched nature. On well-developed, wide paths, on the edge of which you will always find signs with information on the subject of health, you first go towards the Bismarckhütte. The hut, which has existed since 1889, has been in operation since 2010 after a major fire and reconstruction. A stop is worth it!Then the path climbs slightly for the first (and only) time - from the 23.8 meter high observation tower on Lüdenstein you can enjoy a wonderful view, even if the trees around now protrude a bit into the field of vision. When you are ready, you slowly but surely make your way back to the starting point in Bad Rothenfelde.You can find more information about this track here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-luedenstein.
The TERRA.track Malepartus lets you get to know the northern Teutoburg Forest nature park for a good nine kilometers. In this tour we have also included a detour to the wonderful Treetop Walk Bad Iburg. Because you should have seen it.Starting from the Charlottensee in Bad Iburg, you always head west and follow mostly wide gravel and forest paths out into nature. Accompanied by wonderful views and a lot of green, you already follow the Hermannsweg for a good part of the first half. Always slightly uphill, you walk along the northern foot of the "Langen Berg", overcome the "Kahler Berg" and cross the border from Lower Saxony in the direction of North Rhine-Westphalia. Halfway you will finally come across the Malepartus forest restaurant - its symbol is Germany's northernmost snack station - where you can stop for a pleasant break.The way back then leads over the Hermannsweg and - as on the way there - through the light-flooded beech forests typical of this area of the Teutoburg Forest. When you arrive at your starting point - we have already mentioned that - we recommend a detour to the Treetop Walk Bad Iburg.You can find more information about this track here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-malepartus
A hike that requires a good physical condition is the TERRA.track Megalosaurus near Bad Essen. There are 19 kilometers to hike here. The Bad Essen mountains also have one or the other ascent ready for you. But a lot of wonderful nature, breathtaking views and powerful creatures of an earlier time await you.The tour starts right next to the dinosaur tracks in Barkhausen. After studying the traces of about 150 million years ago, you are on your way out into the countryside. The nice thing about this tour? Although it is associated with a few climbs, it also leads through wonderfully sunny, open landscapes, magical forests and past beautiful viewpoints from the ridge of the Wiehengebirge.You hike to the idyllic brine health resort Bad Essen. You can of course also pay an extensive visit to its center before you turn around and head back towards the starting point via a section of the DiVa walk.By the way, you can save yourself a few kilometers on this lap by simply following the "TERRA.track Megalosaurus - short lap". You can find more information about the track here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-megalosaurus.
You can find a short, simple and yet really idyllic tour at Schledehausen. The TERRA.track Schelenburg and Wierau lets you experience the magical forests of the region, walk along the Wierau and Westermoorbach and even marvel at a castle.It starts at the hiking car park "An der Schelenburg", which you can also get to by bus. You turn east and cross the Westermoorbach. Before that you can of course make a detour to the castle - we built it in at the end for this tour.Always along the TERRA.track you will soon reach the Wierau and follow its idyllic banks for a long time. So you march there, just let the Wierau valley affect you with all its splendor. Before you come back to the starting point via the straight, wide forest paths, you will see a wonderful rest area on a hill surrounded by trees. Here you can sit down and enjoy a beautiful view. Then it is not far to your goal.You can find more information about this circular route here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-schelenburg-wierau.
A wonderful moor landscape, peppered with wide views and unique natural spectacles awaits you on the Venner Moorpfad. By the way, at the nine stations that adorn this almost six and a half kilometer long circular route, you will also learn interesting facts about the history of this moor, how the nature reserve was created and which animals and plants live here.The Venner Moor is what is left of the Great Moor. It once reached from Damme almost to the Wiehengebirge. Because this bog was seen as a threat, like so many in north-west Germany, it was drained piece by piece and it was started to be used economically.Fortunately, over time we became more and more aware that the moor is a very special habitat and home for many animals and plants. Targeted rewetting ensures that you can experience it in its full glory today. Starting from Vördener Straße, you simply make your way through the wonderful landscape, take a seat at the beautiful rest area and let the special atmosphere affect you. At the end of the route, the route brings you back to the starting point with dry feet.You can find more information about this track here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-venner-moorpfad.
Almost six kilometers full of fields, wonderful rest areas and mighty giant trees await you in the northern Teutoburg Forest near Hilter / Hankenberge. As its name suggests, this TERRA.track takes you from Limberg to Hohnsberg and back again.The tour starts at the hiking car park “Zum Limberg”. Then you walk straight into the forest and the wonderful nature of this area. An easily accessible hiking trail leads you past the former “Hilterberg” colliery and a small refuge.So you first “conquer” the 241.9 meter high Hohnsberg, then the 194.3 meter high Limberg. You can enjoy a beautiful view from both of them. In between, you not only have the opportunity to breathe in the finest forest air, but also to take pleasant breaks at the many (partly covered) rest areas. It is best to take the provisions with you yourself, because there are no places to stop for a break on the way. Less than six kilometers later you are back at your starting point.You can find more information about the tour here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-vom-limberg-zum-hohnsberg.
You can look forward to rosy prospects on the TERRA.track Wacholderhain. With a relaxed length of almost eight kilometers, this circular route leads you through the Ice Age landscape around the juniper grove in Merzen-Plaggenschale.From the parking lot at the Gerbus restaurant you only have to say once: Cross the main road. Then you are already standing on a wonderfully natural path that leads you straight away from civilization. First stop: the lookout point above the sand pit. Because there are also wooden bench and table up there, a good opportunity to take a break for the first time.Past an idyllic pond, the juniper grove is not far anymore. In the midst of this wonderful splendor of plants, a little crown is added to personal relaxation: the barefoot path ensures that tired hiking feet are supplied with fresh blood again. On top of that, there is exciting information about the landscape to be found along the circular hiking trail. When you are ready, you hike along the so-called Mundraub-Allee back to your starting point.You can find more information about this track here: osnabruecker-land.de/tour/terratrack-wacholderhain.