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Along the Border - cycling between Teutoburg Forest and Ems

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Along the Border - cycling between Teutoburg Forest and Ems

Bike Touring Collection by Osnabrücker Land

4

Tours

19:15 h

200 mi

3,800 ft

Historic castles, cosy farm shops and picturesque old towns, in between wide meadows and fields where the "royal vegetable" grows — the asparagus for which the region is famous. The varied landscape will delight you with the beautiful hilly landscape of the Teutoburg Forest in the north and with refreshing views of the Ems river, which flows through North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony in gentle turns in the south of the route. On the 150 kilometres of the Teuto-Ems border crossing route you will experience the best that Osnabrücker Land, Ostwestfalen-Lippe and Münsterland have to offer. You will discover relicts of historical borders, old smuggler paths and historical trade routes, some of which are still important today.

You can ride the cycle path, which the ADFC has chosen as a four-star quality route, as a stage ride or divide the entire route into shorter tours. Two connecting routes make it possible for you to enjoy three different circuits, each about 50 to 70 kilometres long, individually. Basically, you are free to choose where you want to start the tours. But thanks to very good rail connections, Warendorf, Bad Rothenfelde or Borgholzhausen, for example, are the starting points. Whatever you choose, you will always be well looked after along the route. You can take a breather at one of the many bike rest areas, refresh your feet in cool Kneipp facilities, stop off in cosy restaurants and even recharge your batteries at one of the numerous charging stations if you are travelling by e-bike. Should you ever have a mechanical, there are many bicycle shops along the way where you can get help — often you can also borrow a high-quality bicycle here.

By the way: On the official webpage of the Grenzgängerroute you will find all kinds of information that can help you plan your tour. Here you can listen to informative audio stories about various stations along the route, find out about events along the route or view Bett+Bike accommodation: grenzgaengerroute.de.

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The Tours Along The Border

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    Rundkurs 1: Auf den Spuren der Schmuggler – Grenzgängerroute Teuto-Ems

    Intermediate
    04:01
    41.8 mi
    10.4 mph
    600 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circuit starting in Warendorf is the longest of the three tours on the cross-border commuter route. It takes you around 67 kilometers on quiet roads and perfect cycle paths south of the Teutoburg Forest through the beautiful Münsterland. You cross the Bever, which once marked the state border between

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    35.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    875 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The second circuit starts in Glandorf and first takes you through wide and flat fields north and thus to the southern edge of the Teutoburg Forest, whose mountains on the horizon provide the beautiful backdrop of this tour. Accordingly, the route is a bit hilly, but since you only "scratch" the Teuto

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  • Intermediate
    02:55
    30.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Road users were involved in the maintenance of traffic routes in the past. “Chausseegeld” was the name of the fee that users of certain roads had to pay at the time. In return, they were then given a paved surface with trees that often provided shade, which at the same time strengthened the road with

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  • Difficult
    08:50
    91.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The three circuits along the Teuto-Ems border crossing route are designed in such a way that you can drive them as individual day trips. This 150-kilometer overall route, on the other hand, combines the individual tours into one large tour. This turns a day trip into a great two or three-day adventure

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    200 mi
  • Duration
    19:15 h
  • Elevation
    3,800 ft

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