The Peace Route Münster-Osnabrück leads through dense forests, over idyllic mountains, past lush meadows and wide fields. From Münster to Osnabrück, the historic route of the Thirty Years' War winds its way through the picturesque Münsterland park landscape and the foothills of the Teutoburg Forest.
The Peace Route 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 be able to effectively communicate, the Reichspostlinie was established, on which the so-called Peace Riders successfully transported the messages back and forth, culminating in the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. Today, you can follow in the footsteps of the peace riders and experience the 'Peace Route' by bicycle.
Between the two cities of Münster and Osnabrück, there are two routes that can be cycled either individually or as a circuit. In this Collection, we present you the entire Peace Route Münster-Osnabrück in all its 200-kilometer (124-mile) glory, rideable over four stages from Münster. And getting to the starting point is easy: Münster is very well connected to the German rail network, from where you'll cycle along the western route via Tecklenburg to Osnabrück. The way back takes you east via Ostbevern back to Münster. This four-day ride offers you a varied landscape along the way, including both flat and mountainous stretches, as well as spectacular views of the Münsterland and the Teutoburger Wald from up high—a truly special Highlight.
Thanks to the well-developed network of cycle paths between the two cities, the hosts in the region are prepared for cyclists and offer cyclist-friendly accommodation for the night. Alternatively, you also have a large selection of other accommodation options such as hotels, holiday apartments and youth hostels in each stage destination. That means that there's nothing standing in your way: It's time to head out in honor of the Westphalian Peace and experience a region that defined an ever-important part of German history.
The peace route towards Osnabrück starts at the historic town hall in Münster. Between 1643 and 1648 the peace negotiations of the Thirty Years' War took place in the town halls of the two cities. Thus, they are important protagonists of the peace route you are embarking on today. The town hall is not far from the train station, so you can just bike around after arriving in Münster by train.The first stage takes you 63 kilometers north to Tecklenburg. The cycle path meanders in several loops through the Münsterland. You cross the Dortmund-Ems-Canal three times and drive along the Werse and its lush banks. Then you meet the Ems and accompany them for a while through their vast meadows until you turn east. Here you can make a stop at Münster Osnabrück Airport and watch the planes take off and land.Thanks to the foothills of the Teutoburg Forest, you can enjoy at the very end of a beautiful climb including a great view included. A short descent will take you directly to the stage destination Tecklenburg. The air and Kneipp spa town is the northernmost mountain town in Germany and so you can enjoy the evening in the beautiful view of the Teutoburg Forest and the Münsterland.
Along the edge of the Teutoburg Forest, the cycle path takes you from Tecklenburg to Osnabrück. You can look forward to beautiful scenery, pretty cities and crisp climbs with great views.Right at the beginning, shortly after Tecklenburg, it is worth taking a short detour to the canyon Lengerich, which enchants with crystal clear blue water and untouched nature. From the vantage point you have a spectacular view of the former lime mining area, which is today a beautiful nature reserve, home to many animals and rare plant species.After a small descent, it then goes for a few miles on the much flat and well paved bike path towards Bad Iburg, where you cross the border of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony and it becomes mountainous. The town of Bad Iburg is halfway through the day's stage and is therefore ideal for a short break. Rested and freshly strengthened, you can then tackle the biggest climb of the day, which leads you over two heights and finally ends in a beautiful descent that brings you through Hagen at the Teutoburg Forest.From there it goes in a large arc to Osnabrück, where the stage ends at the historic 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 over the today's milestone Ostbevern again direction Münster. The first part of the stage takes you the same way as yesterday back to Bad Iburg. This means that you can enjoy the great mountains again and fully enjoy the wonderful sections of the cycle path with the beautiful view.While you still enjoy the long descent, you hit behind Bad Iburg already the alternative route to Münster, which brings you to today's stage destination Ostbevern.On the way there you will pass the heath lakes of Bad Laer. The formed by sand mining quarry lakes are a real feast for the eyes and invite you to linger and a little rest on the shore - even if you are not allowed to jump into the water, as they are not released for swimming.From there you continue on the gently sloping bike path, past the impressive Loburg Castle with its inviting castle park, to the stage destination Ostbevern.
Today is the fourth and final leg of the peace route, which brings you back to the starting point to Münster. Although it is the shortest leg of the tour, it has many highlights and beautiful sections to offer along the way.The short 25 kilometers from Ostbevern to Münster are mostly flat, so you can cycle the route really comfortably and you can take a lot of time to discover small and big things on the way. In addition to an enchanted water lily pond, which invites you to linger, expect again the beautiful Emsauen with greenery and nature along the way. In this section, you'll get to know the Ems at Telgte, which will take you through.Past lush meadows and wide fields, the peace route then leads you first across the Werse, which meanders happily through the Münsterland, and finally over the dead straight Dortmund-Ems-Kanal, which flows through Münster at this point. From there it goes into the city center, where the historical and above all so beautiful round of the peace route ends.Before you return home by train, you can walk in the beautiful old town on the trail of peace negotiations and end the day comfortably in Münster.