When you enjoy cycling in the Emsland region, you will always come across mysterious moorland landscapes, which you can get to know in different ways. Along the cycle paths, exciting nature trails await you, the Moor Museum and many nature reserves where you can experience the moor habitat up close and in its full splendor.
In this collection we show you the eight most beautiful day tours in Emsland, which will lead you through the enchanted world of the moors. The circuits are between 16 and 43 miles (26 and 70 kilometers) long and almost free of gradients. Besides the wonderful nature you will experience a lot of culture in different museums as well as the charm of the shipping town Haren and the old town in Meppen.
But the Emsland also has a lot to offer next to the moors: 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 lots of water in the form of rivers, canals and lakes 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.
Almost silently and in their own rhythm, the "oil drippers" pump the "black gold" from the depths. On this tour through the Moor International Nature Park you will experience the Emsland as the largest oil production area in Germany.In Twist, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Museum informs you about the origins of the coveted raw materials and also makes historical and modern materials handling technology comprehensible. The "Moor Energy Adventure Path" starts at its exit and informs you about the region's special features at interactive information stations: about oil production, moorland, peat and the renaturation of natural landscapes, flora and fauna and sustainable development Energy production, because even modern windmills shape in parts the landscape.The path leads directly to the Emsland Moormuseum with the largest deep plow in the world and other exciting exhibits in two halls. The history of the moor is made clear: from the first settlement over the industrial peat use to today's protection and the renaturation of the unique habitat. You will get to know it better on the way through the Moor Nature Park. Highlights of the path are also the "Blue Lagoon" bathing lake and - back in Twist - the Nazareth church with its lovingly designed Bible and farm garden and the "path to happiness".
Two cities worth seeing, in between charming river and moor landscapes with impressive buildings - these are the ingredients for this relaxed circular route. From Haselünne, the city of Burgmannshöfe and the grain distilleries, you cycle north through a varied landscape with forests, heath and raised bogs.Shortly after the village of Apeldorn you will discover the megalithic grave "Steinerner Schlüssel" on the left - an idyllic place for a rest. A little later you meet the little river Nordradde, which first accompanies you to a cozy farm café and then to the Herrenmühle. The millstones got the Nordradde water going for the first time almost 300 years ago. Today, the historic building is primarily the setting for cultural events.In Meppen you have the choice: a stroll through the shopping streets and arcades, a visit to the Emsland Archeology Museum at the Koppelschleuse or the city museum in the Alte Rentei or just a rest on the Dortmund-Ems Canal at the Höltingmühle? After the long break in Meppen, you will definitely go along the rabbit and to Bokeloh.The more than 1,000 year old St. Vitus church on the river bank and the "old school" right next door are worth seeing. The ensemble was already painterly by the painter and sculptor Otto Pankok. He lived nearby for a few years and his daughter attended school, which today makes everyday school life something 80 years ago. In addition, the old school reminds of the painter's stays. On the way back to Haselünne you can enjoy the natural river landscape of the rabbit. You cycle in the shadow of an avenue of fruit trees. Mouth-robbing the fresh fruit is by no means prohibited, but is also expressly desired on this section of the Hase-Ems tour (see mundraub.org/hasetal)
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On this bike tour, you will experience ancient cultural landscapes and unspoiled nature, which leads from Lathen first on the southern loop of the former Transrapid test track to the north. To the left of the trail then extends the nature reserve Tinner Dose-Sprakeler Heide, the largest preserved moor area in the region. One reason is that it is almost untouched: It is completely within the shooting range of the Defense Technology Department for Weapons and Ammunition.Enjoy the wide views over the heathland on the onward journey, where numerous woolly helpers participate in their preservation: Sheep graze in the area and ensure with their appetite that neither tree nor shrub can overgrow the typical broom heath vegetation.The Tinner Loh is also a nature reserve. Here is one of the few well-preserved Hudewälder preserved, which were once typical of the northwest. Among the sometimes ancient beech trees and oaks once cattle grazed. Therefore, the word "Hude", which means the place in Middle Low German, where you "guard" something. The old Hudewälder were thereby used in floors: on the ground floor the livestock grazed, on the first floor Laubheu for the winter feeding "geschneitelt" and from the second floor came the fattening feed for the pigs: acorns and Eckern. Even for wild animals, the forest is a paradise. Thus, numerous woodpecker caves can be found in the old trees.On the way back you will discover the Hilter Mill, a 200-year-old Erdholländer perched on a 34-meter-high hill at the edge of the forest. From here you can enjoy a wide view over the Hilter Moor and towards Ems.
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.
Almost everything on this topic revolves around the topic of water. It starts in Spelle. From here you first cycle on the river Speller Aa to Venhaus. All that remains of the castle that once dominated the place is the moat, which today encloses a delightful park and the church of St. Vitus. We continue to the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the Venhaus Lock, then along the Speller Aa to the Blauen and Lünner See lakes. You will find a swimming area at both.In the direction of Lünne you come across the Große Aa and expand your knowledge of water on the Lünne watermill nature trail. You can also make music with the tree trunk xylophone or measure yourself with animals during the long jump. The Landhausbrauerei Borchert offers hearty refreshments and refreshments.Back towards Spelle you temporarily follow the course of the Giegel Aa and reach the nature reserve Speller Dose with its exciting nature trail. The rest of a raised bog is protected here, which has shrunk due to peat extraction and drainage over the past centuries. The old drainage canals keep crossing your path. Finally, you can visit the great museum of the agricultural machinery manufacturer Krone in Spelle. Some of the tractors are over 100 years old and you can even see an American "prairie cutter" from the 1940s. Or you can end the day in the "Speller Welle", the popular family pool.
Cultural enjoyment and leisure fun, nature and motor sports - this tour through the German-Dutch border area brings a lot of variety. Immediately after the start you pass the Golfpark Gut Düneburg, then the Ferienzentrum Schloss Dankern. In one of the largest holiday parks in Europe you will find the Dankernsee with numerous water sports, the fun pool Topaz and numerous outdoor playgrounds and under roofs.The bike tour takes you then further between the lake and cottage settlement directly to the airfield of the flying club Haren / Dankern. Would you like to change the means of transport and the perspective? Here you can start to sightseeing flights over the Emsland. But then you miss the particularly attractive route along the Haren-Rütenbrock Canal. The historic waterway, with its bustling recreational boat traffic, is lined with an old oak alley and leads you further and further into the Bourtanger Moor-Bargerveen International Nature Park.Shortly before the former monastery of Ter Apel, you leave behind the expanse of moorland and cycle through a small forest on the historic walls, which contain a collection of church history and religious art. In addition, the old abbey is the scene of various events and changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Back towards Haren we drive through Dutch and German moor settlements, past the kart track Emslandring and again towards Schloss Dankern. Another refreshment after the tour or a dip in the cool waters? Here's the opportunity for both.
An exciting museum tour, during which you are still in the fresh air most of the time. First of all, the Emsland Moor Museum has a large outdoor area around its two exhibition halls, where you can get to know a piece of unspoilt high moor up close. You will also discover a historic settler farm, where rare breeds of domestic animals cavort.And secondly, you cycle between the two large museums of this tour along wide moorland. In Twist you will then reach the Petroleum and Natural Gas Museum, which, in addition to historical and modern conveyor technology, also shows the geological development of the "black gold". The museum also shows the history of energy generation in the Emsland, the largest oil production area in Germany.In many places along the way, you will notice the distinctive “oil nicks”, who quietly fetch the fuel from the depths. At the same time you pass different nature reserves of the international nature park moor, enjoy the view of heathland and birch groves, of dark moor lakes and of rolling meadows of the typical cotton grass with its snow-white fruit stands in early summer.Further stops on the tour are the parish church of St. Nikolaus and Coppenrath's Knusperl small shop in Groß Hesepe, right next to the school bakery, as well as the barefoot path and the Nazareth church with the Bible garden and the “Path to Happiness” in Twist. The motorway chapel “Jesus, Bread of Life” is well worth a detour: the brick building is based on historical bakery houses and is artistically lavishly furnished.
Along the natural course of the hare, the trail leads you first to Herzlake and then into the Hahnenmoor, which today is protected. A historic peat plant shows how the natural landscape has changed through the earlier human use - in part at lectures and film screenings in the industrial monument, but especially on the outside area. Here, typical natural and cultivated plants such as buckwheat and berry bushes thrive, here you can see the tools of the peat cutters and the beehives of the beekeepers.On the way you will get to know the moorland, which ends shortly after the border to Osnabrück. On the edge of a large wooded area, you will reach the Stift Börstel, an almost 800-year-old Cistercian monastery, which is still inhabited and cultivated today by religious sisters. In addition to the historic buildings and the monastery garden, especially the all-summer music events are worth seeing.Through the Börsteler forest, a protected area within the UNESCO Global Geopark TERRA.vita, you pass the Hahnenmoor and through idyllic villages back to Haselünne. Here you can finally see the local museum with its picturesque ensemble of six half-timbered houses.