Totally flat and yet full of variety: idyllic rivers, fascinating cultural monuments, inspiring art, and picturesque villages – if you explore the Emsland by bike, you will certainly not get bored. Especially not if you follow the seven routes in this Collection, each of which is dedicated to a particularly exciting theme. You'll cycle through the thrilling world of the moor, learn all about gas and oil production in the region, immerse yourself in the area’s turbulent history and follow in the footsteps of the giants and Dutchmen.
All this is available in Emsland with a "flat guarantee". The 2,175 mile-long (3,500-kilometer) network of cycle paths mostly leads alongside roads with little traffic or along the Hase, Ems and Dortmund-Ems Canals and is completely flat. You'll cycle through picturesque river landscapes, past countless cultural highlights and surprising features that are unique to the Emsland region. Did you know, for example, that Emsland is the largest oil-producing region in Germany, that it has the largest tree in Germany, the world's only star-shaped baroque castle and 5,000-year-old graves?
You can discover these sites and much more very comfortably on your bicycle. Cycling allows you to experience the Emsland up close: with your own leg power and your bike, you can cycle peacefully long wonderful cycle paths to all the exciting, informative and idyllic places. On the way, the brilliant amenities on offer ensure that you will have an unforgettable cycling holiday. There are many service stations en-route in case you need repairs and the “Emsland Taxi Case” can smoothly bring your luggage from hotel to hotel. Should your plans change, you can jump on the Emsland Rad-Express: seven bicycle bus lines that operate throughout the summer, with a bicycle trailer to transport your bike as well.
On this approximately 59-kilometer tour, the name says it all: on the way, you will always come across certificates of the exciting history of the Emsland. So plan a little more time, it's worth it!Let's go in the cozy community Sögel and hardly, that you sit on the bike, you can actually descend again: Because the baroque castle Clemenswerth that is located just outside the village, is absolutely worth seeing. The castle is designed in star form and thus unique in the world. In addition, the Emslandmuseum is housed here, where you can experience all sorts of exciting things from the heyday of the castle.After this stop, your bike ride really gets going. Through the lovely hilly landscape of the Hümmling you now cycle towards Hüven - and meet there for the next opportunity for an educational break. Because here are Neolithic megalithic tombs. The so-called megalithic plants are among the oldest surviving buildings in the Northwest, in some you can even look inside. In total, half a dozen megalithic plants are right on the path. And if you make smaller detours, you can discover numerous other graves, which were built about 5,000 years ago with muscle power alone from tons of granite foundlings.Much more recent, but also amazing, is the Hüvener mill. It is powered by both the power of the water and by the wind. There's no second time in Europe. A little further north then you cycle into the oldest city in the Emsland: Haselünne. The city is known for its worth seeing Burgmannshöfe and the traditional grain distilleries. However, you should not look too hard at this, because now the way back to Sögel is waiting for you. Alternatively you could stay overnight in Haselünne. Just like Westerloh, Berßen, Stavern, Sögel and Lähden, the city is an excellent stopover.
On this tour you will experience first-hand how water characterizes the Emsland region. Of course you will discover the Ems, but also numerous lakes, streams and canals with many natural and technical highlights.You start in Haselünne and drive first along the hare, a tributary of the Ems. The open-air and local history museum with an ensemble of six half-timbered houses soon invites to a first break. Here you can discover historic technology and take a look at the collection of old farm and farm equipment before returning to the Rabbit's Shore to continue your tour.The hare, its oxbow lakes and tributaries such as the Teglinger Bach, together with the drainage channels of the marshes, shape the landscape on the way towards Meppen. At the lock Meppen you cross the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal and reach the drinking-water-adventure-path shortly after the village of Schwefelingen. Topics such as drinking water treatment, groundwater protection and the natural water cycle are conveyed vividly and playfully here.Now the route reaches the Ems, which you follow on your left side and approach Geeste and the reservoir of the same name. Originally the basin was a technical building, but today the waters have long since become a meeting point for numerous water sports enthusiasts. In addition, a species-rich biotope with a number of birds and amphibians was created in a protected area. Many beautiful waterfront spots invite you for a break before heading off to the last leg of the round.On the way back to Haselünne a few technical highlights are waiting for you. So worth a stop at the home Bawinkel or at the windmill Clusorth-Bramhar. And also this area has a lot to offer - not least in the nature reserve Haselünner Kuhweide. Back in Haselünne, it is worth taking a detour to the cozy center of the oldest town in Emsland. The art of grain burning is a cultural and culinary highlight - you should not miss out on experiencing it.
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The approximately 70-kilometer tour is entirely dedicated to the exciting world of the moor and peat extraction, which has shaped the landscape of the Emsland since the 19th century. Today you will instead discover a very special piece of nature in the Natura 2000 conservation area and take a side trip to the neighboring country of the Netherlands.From the start near Meppen you follow the curved course of the Ems for a while to Groß-Hesepe, where the Emsland Moor Museum is located, which lets you experience the history of the region: from the arduous life of the first moor colonists to the transformation of nature into arable land with the largest steam plow the world to the present day protection of the unique habitats. Along the informative moor energy adventure trail, you can then vividly deepen your knowledge as you drive past, while you get closer and closer to the Natura 2000 protected area on the German-Dutch border.A special piece of nature awaits you in the unspoilt Bourtanger Moor International Nature Park, where peat extraction was stopped decades ago. Above the almost black water of the moor lakes you can see shimmering dragonflies, discover the small insectivorous plant sundew and observe the species-rich bird life from the observation tower. With a bit of luck you will even meet the rare short-eared owl, which hunts in broad daylight, or the goat milker, a species of swallow that is active at night and at dawn.This tour is a wonderful nature experience. The contrast is all the more beautiful when you come back to the Emsland metropolis of Meppen. When stopping at one of the cozy restaurants or cafés on the old market square, you can strengthen yourself in a sociable atmosphere and end the day relaxed with a view of the historic town hall.With a length of 70 kilometers, this tour is relatively long. For example, if you want to divide it into two sections, Twist, Bargerveen, Meppen, Geeste or Rühlerfeld are ideal as stage locations.
In the 14th century, the male population of Lingens was so decimated by fighting that the young, unmarried youth had to step in to defend the city as a last resort. According to tradition, various bachelor societies, the so-called Kivelinge, were founded. At that time they protected the city from enemy conquest, today they still maintain tradition and customs. This tour is dedicated to a section of Kivelinge, named after the southern temperamental Ambrosio Spinola, an Italian commander in Spanish service. He came in the early 17th century as a magnanimous conqueror and helped Lingen, among other things, market rights.The starting point of the approximately 37-kilometer tour is the old town of Lingen. From here you will first cycle to Baccum, a 1,700-sea village with two interesting churches, which face each other directly. Continue to Bramsche with the beautiful parish church of St. Gertrudis and the "Heimathaus", which consists of a restored mill and a barn. Numerous clubs fill both with lively life and it is definitely worthwhile to take a break here.Shortly after Bramsche the route meets the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal with the lock Gleesen and later on the area Hanekenfähr. Here is a popular recreational area with a worth seeing Emswehr, which is also known in the area as "waterfall". The Ems rushes over the wide weir, passenger ships start short cruises and a delightful bike path follows the course of the river. On the bike you continue on and get through a beautiful green, shady woodland along the Ems via Schlepsdorf back to Lingen.In Lingen you can end the day wonderfully. Perhaps with a visit to the Emsland Museum, where you can discover the exciting history of the city and the region. If, on the other hand, you are in the mood for culture, then the visit to the Theater an der Wilhelmshöhe is the right thing for you - maybe your favorite comedian is currently in town?
On this approximately 55-kilometer bike tour, you will set off from Freren on the trail of two very special groups of people who have left a lasting impression here in the Emsland: the Hünen and the Hollandgänger.The "Hünen" were actually people like you and me. They lived here about 5,000 years ago, but what you can still admire today is more evidence of their demise: the giant stone tombs were made of huge stone carvings made of tons of granite foundations, where several members of a prehistoric village community found their last resting place. In the Kunkenvenne you cycle past such a facility, which is impressive 27 meters long. If you take a break here, you can even look inside the burial chamber.The "Hollanders" were also people like you and me - but with a better business sense than most other people. Good trade relations to the neighboring country made them rich, which they showed through such magnificent houses as the Töddenhaus Urschen in Beesten. It now serves as a community office and home town. In Freren, Haus Pott-Holtmann even has an authentically furnished 18th-century room.Apart from these exciting sights you cycle through a really beautiful landscape. Cozy shelters invite you to take a break, as does the picturesque Saller See, on the banks of which you can rest undisturbed on the way. The places along the route also provide opportunities for a break: In Freren, Beesten, Messingen, Thuine or Andervenne you can rest, treat yourself to a refreshment and fill up your provisions.
On this tour you discover the northern Emsland starting from Heede and enjoy the beautiful ride along the river, which shows itself from its most beautiful side. For a change, take a trip to the Netherlands which leads you to the fortress Bourtange with its star-shaped moats.The tour begins idyllic: Through the nature reserve Emsauen you first follow the course of the river, which brings you to Marinapark Emstal, a popular marina with maritime flair and great bike path that leads through the middle.It will be impressive shortly after you cross the border and cycle on Dutch soil. The picturesque fortified town of Bourtange is a great place to explore on your own. If you also want to tune in to the peculiarities of the neighboring country, you should definitely look for a café that has "Appelgebak met Slag" - the Dutch cake classic is simply delicious!Freshly strengthened you are ready for the return trip. Back on the Ems, you cross the river in Lehe with a traditional cable ferry - a little adventure that is quite unique: the "Leher Pünte" is one of only two cable-bound ferries across the Ems. Back in Heede there is still a special natural highlight waiting for you. Here you can pay a visit to one of the largest and oldest trees in the country at the end of the tour: The 1,000-year-old lime tree has a trunk circumference of more than 18 meters - and is considered by official survey as the thickest full-timbered tree in Germany.If the almost 56 kilometers of this tour are too much for a day, you can easily divide them into several stages. Stage towns along the route are Heede Rhede (Ems), Aschendorf, Dörpen and Bourtange.
On this tour you will be offered art in all its facets. So bring some time for the 64-kilometer round, because it is always worthwhile to get off the bike at the various stations to get information, to marvel or to enjoy.Let's start in Haselünne, where you leave the open-air museum and, above all, the distillery museum on the left - these highlights are perfect to end the day after the bike ride. Instead, you take a course on Lähden, where you can learn all sorts of things about the local flora and fauna in the exciting natural history museum. A little later, a village awaits you, which in its entirety goes through a great work of art: the cultural village of Ahmsen. In addition to the Waldbühne, which is the best-visited amateur outdoor theater in the north with more than 60,000 spectators per season, there is the Kunstforum: You can also admire paintings, sculptures and architecture in six galleries under the open sky.On a short detour to the Oldenburger Münsterland the art becomes very vivid. In Löningen, the Cinematographic Collection Dr. Heinz Dobelmann for demonstrations in a 1950s-style cinema hall - an entertaining opportunity for a break, which you should plan only a little in advance.Back to Haselünne, the path now follows the idyllic course of the hare. On the way it is worth stopping at the Hofmuseum Lucas with its beautiful farm garden or stop off at the Aselager windmill. Well-fortified, you're ready for the last part of the tour, which is especially nice again. In the nature reserve Haselünner Kuhweide you cycle through the largest juniper grove in northern Germany. An adventure trail shows how the cows help maintain this natural space.If you really want to take your time for the many exciting highlights, it is a good idea to divide the round into several stages. Stage stops along the route are Haselünne, Lähden, Ahmsen, Vinnen, Löningen, Westrum and Herzlake.