The Münster-Osnabrück Route of Peace leads through dense forests, over idyllic mountains, past lush meadows and wide fields. It follows the River Ems through green nature, heads over the Werse River, and traces the completely straight Dortmund-Ems Canal. From Münster to Osnabrück, the historic route of the Thirty Years' War winds its way through Münsterland’s picturesque park landscapes and the foothills of the Teutoburg Forest.
The Route of Peace connects the two historic town halls of Münster and Osnabrück where the peace negotiations of the Thirty Years' War took place between 1643 and 1648. In order for the two negotiating parties to communicate, the imperial postal line was set up so that so-called ‘peace riders’ could transport messages back and forth. This proved successful and in 1648, the Peace of Westphalia peace treaties were signed. Today, you can cycle in the footsteps of the peace rides and negotiators, following the Route of Peace.
Between the two cities of Münster and Osnabrück, you can cycle two routes either individually or as a circular route. In this Collection, we present the entire 166-kilometre (103 mile) circuit in four stages. Your adventure begins in Münster, which is easy to reach by train. On the western route, you ride from Münster to Osnabrück via the town of Tecklenburg. The return route takes you back to Münster via Ostbevern. The four-day cycle Tour is a varied ride with both flat and mountainous sections. The magnificent view over Münsterland and the Teutoburg Forest from up high is truly spectacular.
There’s a well-developed network of cycle paths between the two cities. You will also find cycle-friendly accommodation for overnight stays; the hosts in the region are well-prepared for cyclists. At the stage destinations, you can find a wide range of accommodation such as hotels, holiday flats, and youth hostels. So, nothing stands between you and an unforgettable cycle Tour following the route of an important part of German history – the Peace of Westphalia.
The peace route towards Osnabrück starts at the historic town hall in Münster. The peace negotiations of the Thirty Years' War took place in the town halls of both cities between 1643 and 1648. So they are important protagonists of the peace route you are starting today. The town hall is not far from the train station, so you can simply cycle there after you have arrived in Münster by train.The first stage takes you around 53 kilometers north to Tecklenburg. The cycle path meanders through the Münsterland in several loops.At the gates of Münster you will pass the Riesfeld fields. You can overlook the huge biotope from viewing platforms and, with a little luck, watch birds. Then you meet the Ems and accompany it for a while through its wide floodplains until you turn east. Here you can make a stop at Münster Osnabrück Airport and watch the planes take off and land. Then you cross the Dortmund-Ems Canal and cycle towards the stage destination Tecklenburg.The climatic and Kneipp health resort is the northernmost mountain town in Germany and so you can still enjoy the beautiful view of the Teutoburg Forest Nature Park and the Münsterland in the evening.
Today the cycle path leads you through a unique, rural idyll from Tecklenburg to Osnabrück. You can look forward to beautiful scenery, pretty towns and small climbs with great views.Right at the beginning, shortly after Tecklenburg, it is worth taking a short detour to the Lengerich Canyon, which enchants with its crystal clear, blue water and untouched nature. From the vantage point you have a spectacular view of the former limestone mining area, which is now a beautiful nature reserve, which is home to many animals and rare plant species.After a small, crisp ascent and a refreshing descent, you will pass wide fields and meadows for a few kilometers on the much flat and well-paved bike path. The idyllic landscape is rounded off by small villages, romantic water mills and dark green woods.Soon you will reach the foothills of Osnabrück and cycle through the streets of the city to the historic center, where you will reach today's stage destination at the town hall - the second protagonist of the peace negotiations of the Thirty Years War.
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On the peace route it goes from Osnabrück via today's stage destination Ostbevern back towards Münster. The first part of the stage goes past the edge of the Teutoburg Forest. Here you master some climbs and are rewarded with unforgettable landscapes and views.Finally you reach Bad Iburg, where you can take a well-deserved break and visit the castle of the same name. You can also find refreshment stops here to strengthen yourself. With renewed energy, you then cycle relaxed on gently sloping paths to the Heideseen of Bad Laer.The quarry ponds created by sand mining are a real feast for the eyes and invite you to linger and take a short rest on the shore - even if you are not allowed to jump into the water, as they are not approved for swimming.From there you roll on the still slightly sloping cycle path, past the impressive Loburg Castle with its inviting castle park, to the stage destination Ostbevern.
Today is the fourth and last stage of the Peace Route, which will bring you back to the starting point in Münster. Although it is the shortest stage of the tour, it has many highlights and beautiful sections to offer you along the way.The short 26 kilometers from Ostbevern to Münster are largely flat, so you can cycle the route really comfortably and take plenty of time to discover small and large things along the way. In addition to an enchanted water lily pond, which invites you to linger, the beautiful Emsauen await you again with lots of green and nature along the way. On this section you get to know the Ems near Telgte, which you then drive through.Past lush meadows and wide fields, the Friedensroute leads you first over the Werse, which meanders happily through the Münsterland, and finally over the dead straight Dortmund-Ems Canal, which flows through Münster at this point. From there it goes into the city center, where the historic and above all beautiful circular route of the Peace Route ends.Before you go home by train, you can walk in the pretty old town in the footsteps of the peace negotiations and end the day comfortably in Münster.