Töddenland cycle path — on the trail of the wandering merchants

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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

    31.8 mi
    10.4 mph
    550 ft
    650 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 get there easily by train. It starts right at the train station, from which you cycle south through the city. On the outskirts you will meet the Töddenland cycle path, which you follow in a clockwise direction. Through small forests, past green meadows and some fields, you will follow in the footsteps of the Tödden. After you have left the last foothills of Ibbenbüren behind you at the height of Dickenberg, the route becomes almost completely flat.You cycle comfortably on quiet paths through wonderfully wide fields. Every now and then you come across small pieces of forest. Numerous shelters with seating to relax or charming chapels invite you to take a short break along the way. About halfway you will reach Hopsten. In the former Töddendorf you will find many old merchants' houses. When looking at the magnificent Töddenhäuser, you can well imagine how elegant the influential trading families once lived in their ancestral headquarters.After a short tour of the city, you have earned a leisurely break in one of the restaurants or cafés at the end. Freshly strengthened, your bike tour continues on the flat bike path. Passing colorful fields and pretty villages you reach the stage destination Thuine. In the small town there are a few 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 drive this one stage.

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    29.3 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 cycle around the Thuiner Holz forest. You will pass the Saller See, where you can take a first break. While you enjoy a piece of cake, you can look out over the idyllic lake from the café. If you feel like it, you can refresh your legs in the Kneipp facility and if you want to stay longer, you can also find a campsite by the lake.Then you cycle on through the slightly hilly field landscape to Freren, where the Tödden wholesaler Eberhard Pott, the wealthiest merchant in the County of Lingen, was once based. You can see his house on the market from the outside, but it has lost its original character due to a renovation of the facade. You can also use your detour to the Töddenhaus to take a break in one of the restaurants or cafés nearby.With a comfortably filled stomach and new strength, you can continue on the Töddenland Cycle 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 shortly before the end of the stage you cross the nature reserve Recker Moor. Here you can enjoy the untouched nature to the fullest and watch one or the other bird.From here it is not far to the stage destination Recke, where you have a small but fine selection of overnight accommodations. At the end of the day, you can go on a foray through the town to marvel at the old Töddenhäuser.

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  • Intermediate
    17.7 mi
    10.0 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
    78.8 mi
  • Duration
    07:42 h
  • Elevation
    1,675 ft

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