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On the trail of gold, bronze and sheep in Grafschaft Bentheim

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On the trail of gold, bronze and sheep in Grafschaft Bentheim

Hiking Collection by Grafschaft Bentheim

6

Tours

21:37 h

51.9 mi

1,550 ft

Discover sandy heaths, fragrant forests, winding villages and unique stories – tales that exist because different eras have left their traces in the German county of Bentheim. Do you know, for example, what ‘Bentheimer Gold’ is? Or that there is a breed of sheep named after the county?

In this Collection, you will find the answers to these and other questions. The Grafschafter Spurensuche (clue paths) offer you a total of 400 kilometres (250 mi) of signposted hiking trails. We present six exciting and varied Tours, each dedicated to a different theme. These circular walks are between 7 and 24 kilometres (4 and 15 mi) long, but can also be adapted if required.

Discover the different faces and landscapes of Grafschaft Bentheim, right on the border with the Netherlands. ‘On the trail of the Bronze Age’ you even make a short detour into the neighbouring country. All the hiking trails are easy to follow and are perfect for family outings. Go in search of clues and get to know the many facets of the county.

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    On the trail of former glory – searching for clues in Grafschaft Bentheim

    Intermediate
    03:24
    8.30 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The idyllic town of Lage has a truly unique history to show for itself: the little town was simply forgotten during the territorial reorganization of Europe after the end of the Thirty Years' War. For a certain period of time, Lage had the special status of "glory" and was a politically independent small

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  • Intermediate
    03:35
    8.57 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The sandy forest and heath area between Nordlohne and Schepsdorf, which was formerly used as a military site, is home to the Bentheim sheep. This particular breed of sheep is threatened with extinction. In addition, an interesting nature trail runs through the heath with stations for young and old.

    

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  • Easy
    01:52
    4.59 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After the opening of the first mechanical weaving mill in 1939, Nordhorn developed into one of the most important textile centers in Germany. However, due to the global oil and energy crisis in the 1970s and other problems, all major textile companies had to close and their buildings and areas were repurposed

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  • Intermediate
    03:35
    8.57 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the oldest town in the county of Bentheim, you can meet a real giant - the steeple of St. Laurentiuskirche, also known as the "Schüttorfer giant". On a clear day, you can marvel at the entire surrounding area with Bentheim Castle from the top.

    

    Starting from the market square, you walk directly to the

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  • Intermediate
    02:54
    6.87 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Bad Bentheim was once known at home and abroad for the gold-colored sandstone, which is the theme of this 11-kilometer circular hike. Since the Middle Ages, Bentheim gold has been mined in local quarries and used to construct various buildings.

    

    The perfect starting point for this tour is the old quarry

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  • Expert
    06:16
    15.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The area around Uelsen is interesting from both a geological and archaeological point of view. The hilly landscape is strongly influenced by the last ice age. Various archaeological finds show that the first people lived here as early as the Stone and Bronze Ages - you are following in their footsteps

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    51.9 mi
  • Duration
    21:37 h
  • Elevation
    1,550 ft

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