Töddenland cycle path — on the trail of the wandering merchants

Bike Touring Collection by Töddenland-Radweg

On the Töddenland cycle path you can experience the history of the wandering merchants of the former county of Lingen, which today consists of the Tecklenburger Land and the Southern Emsland. On the circuit you cycle through a picturesque field and meadow landscape, past beech and mixed forests, idyllic nature reserves and through enchanted moors. From small hills you can enjoy magnificent views and in the villages and towns along the way you can immerse yourself in the history of the Tödden.

The Töddenland cycle path, awarded three stars by the ADFC, takes you on a 122 kilometre circuit through the historic "Töddenland" in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. On the cycle path through the Tecklenburger Land and the Southern Emsland, which together form the Töddenland, you will follow in the footsteps of the Tödden. They were wandering merchants, who since the 17th century mainly traded in textiles and thus achieved great prosperity. In places such as Hopsten, Recke and Mettingen you will find numerous references to the Tödden, such as old houses, museums or monuments. You can also learn about the history of the merchants and their trade routes on information boards along the way.

In this collection we show you how to cycle the Töddenland Cycle Route in three stages. To make it easy for you to arrive by train, we'll start the tour in Ibbenbüren. The station is served by trains from Rheine, Bielefeld and Braunschweig, for example. From there you cycle clockwise through Töddenland. In all stage destinations there are different accommodations to spend the night. Cozy cafés and restaurants in the villages or along the route will take care of your physical well-being. If you are self-sufficient, there are also great places for you to take a break at regular intervals. Along the Töddenland cycle path there are many huts, which are comfortably furnished with benches and some with tables. So every cyclist who wants to follow in the footsteps of the wandering merchants has his fun - no matter if pleasure cyclist or adventure cyclist.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    32.0 mi
    10.2 mph
    575 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Your tour on the Töddenland Cycle Path starts in Ibbenbüren, where you can easily get on the train. It starts right at the station, from which you cycle south through the city. At the edge of the village you will find the Töddenland cycle path, which you follow in a clockwise direction. Through small forests, past green meadows and a few fields you go on the trail of the Tödden. After leaving the last foothills of Ibbenbüren at the height of Dickenberg, the track is almost completely flat. On quiet paths you cycle comfortably through beautiful wide fields. Every now and then you come past small woodland. Numerous shelters with seating for resting or charming chapels invite you to take a short break along the way.About halfway you reach Hopsten. In the former Töddendorf you will find many old merchant houses. At the sight of the magnificent Töddenhäuser, you can well imagine how noble the influential merchant families once lived in their ancestral homes. After a short tour of the city, you have earned yourself a leisurely break in one of the restaurants or cafés. Strengthened your bike tour then continues on the flat bike path. Passing colorful fields and pretty villages, you will reach the stage destination Thuine. In the small village there are some guest houses to stay overnight. Alternatively, you can cycle to Lingen, a few kilometers away, where there is more choice and also a train station, if you only want to ride this one stage.

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  • Intermediate
    29.1 mi
    10.2 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Thuine, at the beginning of the second stage of the Töddenland cycle path, you will take a wide berth around the Thuiner Holz forest. You will pass Saller See, where you can take a break for the first time. While you enjoy a piece of cake, you look from the café across the idyllic lake. If you feel like it, you can refresh your legs in the Kneipp facility and if you want to stay longer, you will also find a campsite on the lake. Then you cycle on through the slightly hilly field landscape to Freren, where once the Töddengroßhändler Eberhard Pott, the wealthiest merchant of the county Lingen, was based. You can see its house on the market from the outside, but it has lost its original character due to a reconstruction of the facade. You can also make use of your detour to the Töddenhaus to enjoy a drink in one of the restaurants or cafés nearby.With a well-filled stomach and new forces, we continue on the Töddenland bike path. On a completely flat route you cycle with pleasure through a picturesque field and meadow landscape. Again and again you drive past small nature reserves and cross the nature reserve Recker Moor shortly before the end of the stage. Here you can enjoy the untouched nature to the fullest and observe one bird or another. From here it is not far to the stage destination Recke, where you have a small but fine selection of accommodation. At the end of the day you can then go on a ramble through the town to admire the old Töddenhäuser.

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  • Intermediate
    18.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    675 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today is the last stage on the Töddenland bike path, which brings you back to the starting point to Ibbenbüren. At the beginning you drive behind Recke along the Mittelland Canal until you finally cross it. On the other side of the canal, it gets a bit hilly as you cycle along the edge of Buchholz. In light up and down it goes over idyllic fields and through small villages to Mettingen. Here you can take a well-earned break and strengthen yourself in one of the restaurants or cafes. A visit to the Tüötten Museum is also worthwhile, where you will learn all about the history of the Mettinger Tüötten. Tüötten is by the way the Mettinger dialect for Tödden.With fresh forces, you can then immediately tackle the biggest increase of the day. However, with 90 meters of altitude this is an easy exercise and so you can enjoy the idyllic forest passage on the way and then the beautiful view from the height. In addition to the beautiful landscape, which is made up of fields, meadows and woodland, you can see from above the mine Anthracite, which is the northernmost hard coal mine in Germany - a view full of contrasts. In a fast descent you drive to Laggenbeck, a district of Ibbenbüren. From here you roll comfortably back to the city center. Before you start your return home at the station, you can take a leisurely break in the beach bar at the Aasee, or take a last look at the Tödden in the Stadtmuseum Ibbenbüren.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    79.2 mi
  • Duration
    07:51 h
  • Elevation
    1,700 ft

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