Historic castles, cosy farm shops and picturesque old towns, in between wide meadows and fields where the "royal vegetable" grows — the asparagus for which the region is famous. The varied landscape will delight you with the beautiful hilly landscape of the Teutoburg Forest in the north and with refreshing views of the Ems river, which flows through North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony in gentle turns in the south of the route. On the 150 kilometres of the Teuto-Ems border crossing route you will experience the best that Osnabrücker Land, Ostwestfalen-Lippe and Münsterland have to offer. You will discover relicts of historical borders, old smuggler paths and historical trade routes, some of which are still important today.
You can ride the cycle path, which the ADFC has chosen as a four-star quality route, as a stage ride or divide the entire route into shorter tours. Two connecting routes make it possible for you to enjoy three different circuits, each 50 to 60 kilometres long, individually. Basically, you are free to choose where you want to start the tours. But thanks to very good rail connections, Glandorf, Warendorf or Versmold, for example, are the starting points. Whatever you choose, you will always be well looked after along the route. You can take a breather at one of the many bike rest areas, refresh your feet in cool Kneipp facilities, stop off in cosy restaurants and even recharge your batteries at one of the numerous charging stations if you are travelling by e-bike. Should you ever have a mechanical, there are many bicycle shops along the way where you can get help — often you can also borrow a high-quality bicycle here.
By the way: On the official webpage of the Grenzgängerroute you will find all kinds of information that can help you plan your tour. Here you can listen to informative audio stories about various stations along the route, find out about events along the route or view Bett+Bike accommodation: grenzgaengerroute.de.
The circuit with start in Glandorf is the longest of the three tours on the Grenzgängerroute. It leads you on about 67 kilometers on quiet roads and perfect bike paths south of the Teutoburg Forest through the beautiful Münsterland. Here you cross the Bever, which once marked the state border between Hanover and Prussia and transported salt or grain via the smugglers.This tour takes you through a very rural area, characterized by natural meadows and fields of agriculture. Especially the asparagus growing is always present here - you always come back to cozy farms with farm shops, where you can fill up your picnic basket with regional products.Various bathing lakes invite you to take refreshing breaks in the summer and in the cities along the route there are many opportunities to stop in and take a break from everyday life. Particularly noteworthy is the beautiful historic old town of Warendorf. The picturesque marketplace is surrounded by old houses with ornate facades - many cozy restaurants and cafes invite you to take a break. Afterwards you will travel along the Ems to the second half of the tour.The round is relatively long, but almost completely flat. So it is easy to master even for casual cyclists. Again and again you pass beautiful places where you can pause and replenish your energy reserves. Incidentally, this also applies in the event that you are traveling with an e-bike: At various charging stations directly on the route, you can donate new energy to empty batteries.
True to the motto of the Grenzgängerroute, the second circuit starts near the Dreiländereck, which was once formed by the County of Ravensberg and the Hochstift Münster and Osnabrück. Even today runs the border between North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, which you cross right at the beginning of the tour. An old landmark with inscription recalls the historic border, which is still important today.From here you cycle northwards and thus to the southern edge of the Teutoburg Forest, whose mountains on the horizon represent the beautiful scenery of this tour. Accordingly, the route is a bit hilly, but since you "scratched" the Teuto only briefly, you expect only short climbs, which are feasible for everyone. In addition, invite the beautiful Teutowälder places Bad Laer, Hilter, Bad Iburg and Lienen to stay a little. In the cozy town you have all sorts of opportunities to relax - from the Kneipp bath, a saline to many cozy cafes or restaurants. In Bad Iburg you should not miss a visit to the castle garden with fantastic views of the city. In the Kneipp Adventure Park, you can relax your legs and be reminded of the motto of the tour at the landmark circle - a collection of landmarks found in the surrounding forest.After leaving Lienen, you will leave the Teutoburg Forest area and roll downhill for a while, until you again drive through the flat meadows and fields that will take you back to the starting point of the tour. Of course you can decide from where you want to start the tour. If you want to arrive by train, Bad Iburg and Hilter are the starting point. Here you have a good train connection from, for example, Osnabrück.
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In the past, road users were involved in the maintenance of the traffic routes. "Chausseegeld" was the fee that users of certain streets had to pay at that time. But they then got a paved surface with often shady trees that strengthened the road at the same time with their root system and thus increased in many ways the travel comfort. At the Kleekamp landmark, which is on the edge of the third round course on the Grenzgängerroute, stood until the 1970s, an old customs house on the turnpike was previously paid for a Prussian mile ten pfennig toll.The third tour along the Grenzgängerroute leads you to the southern edge of the Teutoburg Forest - without any toll, only a few easy hills to overcome. From Versmold you drive through the Teuto towns Burgholzhausen, Dissen and Bad Rothenburg, each of which invites you to linger with its beautiful city centers. Especially Bad Rothenfelde with its imposing graduation movement is worth a longer break. Here you can enjoy the healthy, salty air in the spa park or relax in the brine bath.Also along this route provides a rich offer especially for cyclists that you will want for nothing. At cozy rest stations you can treat yourself to a snack and then refill your supplies in one of the many farm shops along the track. Charging stations in Dissen, Borgholzhausen and Bad Rothenfelde ensure that your e-bike does not run out of energy. If you would like to arrive by train, it is a good idea to start from Bad Rothenfelde, Dissen or Halle (Westf.).
The three circular courses along the Teuto-Ems cross-border route are designed so that you can drive them as individual day trips. This 150-kilometer total route, however, summarizes the individual tours to a large round trip. So a day trip is a great two- or three-day adventure that you can experience well on a (long) weekend.Just pick the right place for the start and finish and off you go! On the way you will find a variety of accommodations, which have been certified by the ADFC as a particularly cyclist friendly. All information can be found here: bettundbike.de/radweg/grenzgaengerroute-teuto-ems