The Sandstone route meanders through the rolling Baumberge hills, found in the center of Münsterland. You will cycle through enchanting forests, across colorful fields, vast meadows and past rustic farms and charming villages. As the name suggests, you will visit over 200 sandstone buildings; from fairytale castles to impressive churches.
You can cycle path’s 106 mile (170 kilometer) length in three stages, starting and finishing at Billerbeck train station. Take the regional train from Münster to easily start your adventure. As the Sandstone route is a circuit, you can join the path at any point such as Baumberge, Havixbeck, Nottuln, Coesfeld or Rosendahl. You will also find various accommodation options and excellent cafes and restaurants in the villages to relax after your ride.
Everything revolves around the Baumberger sandstone along the cycle path – the gold and marble of Münsterland. You can learn about this yellow stone in the Baumberger Sandstein Museum (Baumberg Sandstone Museum). In the Baumgerger woods and hills, you can explore the landscape where the valuable building material is found in the soil whilst admiring the impressive sandstone buildings along the way. With views over blossoming rapeseed fields, peaceful forests, the Sandstone route is an unforgettable ride.
The first leg of the sandstone route begins in Billerbeck at the station. Here you can easily get on the regional train from Münster.After crossing the tracks and making a small climb, you will roll down comfortably and immerse yourself in a beautiful landscape of colorful fields and wide meadows. On a flat stretch you cycle through this country idyll and keep coming past farms and small forest. Shortly before Havixbeck you drive over some hills and then roll into the city. An extensive break is worthwhile here to visit the Baumberger Sandstein Museum.Rested and with valuable knowledge about the Mamor of the Münsterland you swing yourself back on your bike. Continue fields and meadows, romantic forests and fragrant flowers along the way expect you on the onward journey. Manors, Hülshoff Castle and charming little villages invite you to linger on the way. A slight climb brings you to the stage destination Nottuln, where you can admire magnificent sandstone buildings and let the day fade away comfortably.
Today, on the second leg of the sandstone route, you will cycle over the hills of the Baumberge until it becomes flatter in the last third. On the way you have enough opportunities to take a break.Shortly after driving out of the center of Nottuln you will reach Stevertal. Along the small river Stever you roll gently downhill through the idyllic valley. At the old watermill you leave it and start with a crunchy climb that leads you to the tree-tops. Here in the bottom of the hilly landscape is the bright Baumberger sandstone, from which so many impressive buildings of the region were built.The highest point of this ascent and the entire stage you reach in the middle of the silent forest of the nature reserve Baumberge. Surrounded by majestic deciduous trees, you will roll down the natural trails again. Behind the forest welcomes you the open hills, from whose heights you can enjoy beautiful views. Passing through wide fields, meadows and some woodland you cycle in constant ups and downs through the rural idyll. To regain your strength on the way, you can, for example, stop by at Gut Holtmann or in Darup.A few kilometers before Latvia you will enjoy a fast descent and then continue on a flat stretch. Lette himself also invites you to take a break and visit the glass museum. Then you continue towards Coesfeld, the stage destination. At the gates of the city you will meet the river Berkel. From here you follow its shore, which brings you to the heart of the stage goal. In Coesfeld, after the challenging stage you can comfortably end the day in the marketplace in one of the restaurants or cafés.
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On the last leg of the sandstone route, you will once again experience beautiful and fascinating sandstone structures that you will find along the way.After leaving Coesfeld, you will find yourself in the typical landscape of this cycle of colorful fields and meadows, which is broken by shady woodland. On the way you can take breaks to admire small and large castles, such as the hunting lodge Varlar or the castle Varlar.Halfway you reach Osterwick. In the village offers a rest, because here you have various rest stops to choose from. After a while, you head for the Darfeld Castle. The bike path leads past the castle and then through the town of the same name. In a large arc you then cycle around the forest at Burlo, which is also a nature reserve. Small streams, a pond and the old Burloer mill provide wonderful impressions. On the last few kilometers towards Billerbeck, the destination of the tour, you can finally pedal properly and master the climb up into the city.Before you roll to the train station and head home, it's worth a visit to the city, which for example houses the St. Ludgerus Cathedral - which of course is built of sandstone. At his sight, you can review the beautiful bike ride, where you have learned so much about the sandstone, once again.