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Beautiful lakes, rivers & canals — cycling in Emsland

Emsland Touristik Birgit Janknecht

Beautiful lakes, rivers & canals — cycling in Emsland

Bike Touring Collection by Emsland Tourismus GmbH

7

Tours

22:37 h

227 mi

2,900 ft

Water is omnipresent when cycling in the Emsland, be it in the form of the river Ems, which gives it its name, the Dortmund-Ems Canal or the numerous lakes and streams. There is sometimes a maritime flair when you admire the ships of the open-air museum in Papenburg or watch the sailing boats on the Haselünnersee in peace and quiet.

In this collection we show you the eight most beautiful day trips in Emsland, which take you along the Dortmund-Ems Canal, through the magnificent Ems floodplains and to picturesque lakes such as the Haselünnersee or the Geeste reservoir. The circuits are between 14 and 43 miles (22 and 69 kilometers) long and almost free of gradients. Besides the wonderful nature you will experience a lot of culture in different open-air and local museums as well as the charm of the shipping town Haren, the old town of Meppen and the maritime flair of Papenburg.

But the Emsland also has a lot to offer besides the water: The region is criss-crossed by an almost gravel-free cycle path network with a total length of 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers). Historic wind and water mills, magnificent manor houses, the unique Clemenswerth Castle and mysterious moorland landscapes provide for varied cycling tours. There are a total of 45 day tours in Emsland, all of which are dedicated to a specific theme. In addition to the eight day tours in this collection, you will also find the remaining 45 tours in our profile.

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  • Intermediate
    02:54
    30.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Spooky or man-made, a wetland biotope or a flower-rich sand-dry grassland - the See (h) -Tour links different natural areas on both sides of the Ems north of Lingen. The tour starts at Geester Speichersee, which is on the one hand a popular area for surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. On the

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  • Intermediate
    04:14
    42.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Trade and harbors, leisure activities and nature experiences on the big waterway as well as the scenic beauties of the northern nature park area you will experience on this round trip. Between Old Port and Museum Harbor you first explore the historic core of the traditional boatman town of Haren (Ems

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  • Intermediate
    02:18
    23.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Continue straight on along the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal out of Meppen - and in wide curves following the course of the Ems following to Meppen into: On this tour you can enjoy the charming water landscapes north of the "capital" of Emsland. This not least includes the reservoir Geeste, at the same time a popular

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  • Intermediate
    02:30
    23.0 mi
    9.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Keep up the good work: then you will be transported from the capital of Emsland to the oldest city in the region - and back again. Again and again you will meet the sweeping, natural run of the river on the way, enjoy charming cultural landscapes on its shores and discover impressive cultural treasures

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    38.0 mi
    10.6 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On a large round you get to know the old Emsbüren and its surrounding communities. Fresh and rested, you first cover a few kilometers to the north - and then relax on a detour to Lingen in the Hanekenfähr recreation area. Here you can enjoy the view of the Emswehr or the lock. Perhaps you would like

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  • Intermediate
    04:26
    43.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    25.7 mi
    9.8 mph
    350 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this tour you can relax and enjoy the water landscapes south of Meppen. Along the hare you will cycle to Bokeloh, which is undoubtedly the oldest and perhaps most beautiful church in the region: St. Vitus has been rising for more than 1,000 years on the banks of the Hare. Next door in the Old School

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    227 mi
  • Duration
    22:37 h
  • Elevation
    2,900 ft

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