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Rivers and culture by bike in the Netherlands — Musical Gronau

Andreas G.🚵‍♂️

Rivers and culture by bike in the Netherlands — Musical Gronau

Bike Touring Collection by Münsterland

8

Tours

13:03 h

128 mi

1,800 ft

Along the Dinkel River, through vast nature reserves and across the border into the Netherlands – Gronau in the border triangle is the perfect starting point for a bike adventure. A network of well-maintained cycle paths, some with a historical background, will take you to the most beautiful places in both the great outdoors and in urban areas. Cycle through shady forests, past wide fields and along the water.

The name Gronau already gives you a hint of what to expect in this Collection: It derives from the word ‘Gronauwe’, which means green meadow. Floodplains, wetlands and heaths characterise the landscape around Gronau and Epe – the two towns that serve as starting points for the eight Tours. You can travel either by car or in a relaxed and environmentally-friendly way by train.

Apart from the varied surroundings, Gronau has a long history of music. After the First World War, a German-Dutch cultural scene developed here and in the nearby town of Enschede, giving rise to numerous music clubs, orchestras and dance groups. Jazz has also always played a major role in the border triangle region, and Udo Lindenberg is considered the city's best-known ‘son’. You can explore the entire history of music in the unique Rock'n'Pop Museum.

It's not just music that tempts you to get moving in Gronau, but the cycle network too. The eight circular Tours in this Collection all run on flat, gradient-free paths that are easy to cycle, even with children. So you won't work up too much of a sweat and can take enough time for the many (musical) highlights along the way.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    01:35
    14.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The center of Epe is the starting point for this round tour, which also takes you across the border into the Netherlands. You can explore the beautiful center of Epe before or after your bike tour. At first you drive west through the beautiful community park and soon cross the Dinkel.

    

    You cycle on flat

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  • Easy
    01:57
    18.7 mi
    9.6 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the Dinkel-Goorbach-Tour is at the train station in Epe. Since it is a one-round trip, you can also easily start at the train station in Gronau. From Epe you follow the Dinkel northwards - you will be accompanied by wonderful views of the water and again and again you will pass

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  • Intermediate
    01:29
    14.6 mi
    9.9 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The center, or alternatively the train station, of Epe is the starting point of this 23-kilometer round tour. From the church square you cycle directly to the bank of the Dinkel, which gives you the direction for the next few kilometers. At the Bültenfreibad - a welcome refreshment on hot days - you

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  • Easy
    01:40
    16.1 mi
    9.6 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of this round tour is at Gronau train station and from there you drive north at the beginning. On flat paths it goes along the beautiful Dinkel, where you will soon cross the border to the Netherlands. Sometimes closer to the water, then further away, you cycle relaxed to Losser. The

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    25.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Green Aue Tour, which starts in Epe, promises pure nature in several protected areas. If you want to travel by train, you can start at the nearby train station. In a clockwise direction you drive in an arc through the colorful cultural landscape outside the city. The route takes you on bike paths

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  • Easy
    01:23
    14.1 mi
    10.1 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It starts in the center of Epe or alternatively at the nearby train station. You cross the Dinkel at the Schepers Mühle, a family business that has existed for centuries. Parallel to the Dinkel, you cycle southwards and pass magnificent courtyards and wide fields. The Epe-Graeser Venn nature reserve

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  • Easy
    01:21
    12.8 mi
    9.5 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Sunderhook tour starts at Gronau train station, so you can easily travel there by train. Just a stone's throw away is the unique Rock’n’Pop Museum, which you can visit either before or after your tour. The creative space in front of the museum is also worth seeing.

    

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  • Easy
    01:05
    11.4 mi
    10.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round also starts at the church square in the center of Epe. Alternatively, you can of course also start at the nearby train station. Past the rectory, you drive out of town on Gildehauser Damm until you change to quieter side streets at the roundabout. South of Gronau you cycle over the highest

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    128 mi
  • Duration
    13:03 h
  • Elevation
    1,800 ft

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