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Nature, art & culture - 5 stages on the Vechtetal Route

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Nature, art & culture - 5 stages on the Vechtetal Route

Bike Touring Collection by Vechtetalroute

5

Tours

14:07 h

145 mi

1,650 ft

Over the 140 miles (223 kilometers) that make up the Vechetal Route, you'll encounter a wonderfully diverse range of landscapes: Idyllic floodplains, dead straight canals, picturesque villages, windmills, moated castles and shady forests. Following the river from which it takes its name to its mouth in the historic trading town of Zwolle in the Netherlands, the Vechetal Route will let you experience this region like never before.

Over five stages, you'll cycle mainly along quiet roads and on excellent cycle paths. Both the Münsterland and the Netherlands are known for their almost perfect bicycle infrastructure, which you can fully enjoy on the way — one of many reasons that led the ADFC to award the Vechtetal route as a three-star quality cycle route. The route is flat throughout, making it ideal for occasional cyclists and families with children. There are also plenty of opportunities to take a break along the way. You'll cycle through numerous authentic villages and past farm cafés, shelters and small sights that invite you in to take a rest.

If you are traveling by train, the train station in Billerbeck is a good starting point for the route, as Darfeld itself has no railway connection. It's then about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Billerbeck to the Vechte spring. From Zwolle, you can easily take the train home or back to Billerbeck. Not all stages have a train station, however. If you would like to travel on individual stages or stop the ride along the way, the following places with railway stations are ideal: Metelen, Ochtrup, Schüttorf and Bad Bentheim on the German side, and Gramsbergen, Hardenberg, Marienberg, Ommen and Dalfsen on the Dutch side. You can find more information at bahn.de or ns.nl. In the stage towns, you will usually find a good selection of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, some of which have even been accoladed by the ADFC as "Bed and Bike Hotels" due to being particularly well adapted to the needs of cyclists.

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Last updated: February 8, 2022

The Stages Of The Vechtetalroute

  • Intermediate
    02:20
    24.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    225 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the Vechtetal route starts, as befits a river bike path, at the source. In the cozy village of Darfeld in western Münsterland rises at the foot of the tree mountains, the highest "ridge" of the region, the Vechte. From here it ripples through the initially still slightly hilly terrain

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    31.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    350 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the second leg of the Vechtetal route, there are all kinds of opportunities to discover the beautiful area to the left and right of the bike path in peace. You can decide for yourself if you prefer a more relaxed program or prefer an educational cultural program. Of course, a good mix is ​​also a

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  • Intermediate
    03:15
    31.6 mi
    9.8 mph
    350 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the 53 kilometer long third leg of the Vechtetal route, you will cycle through the beautiful, green meadow landscape of the Vechte, which is lined with numerous artworks in the green. Again and again beautiful shelters invite you to take a break and it is worthwhile to take a detour here and there

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    31.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    350 ft
    400 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On the fourth leg of the Vechtetal route, you "make it over" to the Netherlands. The approximately 50-kilometer drive to Ommen is particularly varied: on the way today are beautiful cities, beautiful natural sections and a whole special ferry ride.

    

    It starts in Emlichheim. From there you cycle westwards

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    26.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth and last stage of the Vechtetal route takes you through small, typically Dutch villages via (also typically Dutch) excellent cycle paths or sometimes along a Vechtedamm to the former Hanseatic town of Zwolle, where the Vechte finally flows into the river "Zwarte Water", which does not have

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    145 mi
  • Duration
    14:07 h
  • Elevation
    1,650 ft

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