The 100 Castles route meanders through Münsterland's picturesque parklands and takes you past over 100 castles and manor houses. Fairytale moated castles with extensive parks, splendid baroque palaces and imposing sandstone buildings with manicured gardens are around every corner along the route. In between, you can explore green meadows, luscious pastures, and fairytale forests that characterize park landscapes.
The 597 mile (960 km) route is far away from the busy Münster roads, taking you through a wonderfully rural area interrupted here and there by interesting cities. You can ride the 100 Castles route in different ways. In our Collection, we will introduce you to the entire outer loop which you can ride in 14 stages. The route begins and ends in Coesfeld which you can easily reach by train, for example from Münster, Dortmund, Dorsten or Enschede in the Netherlands. Of course, as the ride is circular, you can also easily join at a different point.
Along the route and at the finishing point of each route, there is plenty of overnight accommodation, restaurants and cafés. You will also often find a train station if you want to shorten your ride or only cycle certain sections. In addition to the 14 stages, we have also included three routes that lead you from Münster to the outer loop. This way, you can combine the routes to put together four more self-contained adventures: the North, East, South and West courses of the 100 Castle route. You can take a beautiful day trip, go on a long weekend adventure or cycle the entire route. No matter what you decide, be sure to keep your eyes open: beautiful castles and stunning landscapes await.
In Coesfeld you enter the 100 castles route. Here you can easily travel by train, for example from Münster, Dortmund, Dorsten or Enschede in the Netherlands.Just after Coesfeld you cycle through a hilly field and meadow landscape and come already at the first magnificent buildings, such as isolated country houses and the monastery Gerleve over. You will enjoy a refreshing downhill ride through Roruper Holz and continue on flat paths.In Buldern you can make a detour to Buldern Castle. Then you cycle to Dülmen. Here you have covered just over half of the stage and can treat yourself to a long break. Numerous terraces invite in the center in good weather to linger.Strengthened you drive on through beautiful nature on. Flowering rhododendron on the wayside, wide meadows and romantic forests alternate on the way. Shortly before the final destination you pass Sythen Castle. Then you reach Haltern am See, where you can end the day on the shore of the picturesque reservoir.
Behind Haltern am See you dive directly into the beautiful landscape of the Lippeauen. After you have driven a bit parallel to the loops of the river, you remove yourself from the river and cycle on quiet bike paths through the picturesque park landscape of the Münsterland and soon reach the castle Lembeck. Here you can take a break for the first time and strengthen yourself in the Café am Schloss.Continue on mostly flat track past pastures, fields and small forest to Raesfeld. Here you have done just over half of the stage and you can treat yourself in the place a long rest. Afterwards, a detour to Schloss Raesfeld is worthwhile.Then you cycle through beautiful nature and past romantic country houses over Rhede to the Aasee. On the shores of the lake you roll comfortably the last few meters to the finish Bocholt. Here you can pay a visit to the manor houses Woord and Efing at the end of the day.
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You follow the Aa from Bocholt and cycle behind the gates of the city on the natural Aa bike path right on the banks of the river. After about ten kilometers you leave the Aa cycle path and drive through the Schüttensteiner forest to Isselburg. At the Biotopwildpark Anholter Switzerland you will reach the moated castle Anholt.After you have extensively admired the castle, you cycle north and then turn into the forest Schievekamp. On shady paths you roll to the Krummer Bach. This forms the border with the Netherlands. You follow the border to Suderwick. The town is directly adjacent to the Dutch Dinxperlo. At first glance, you may not even realize that these are two places and certainly not that they are in two different countries. The state border runs on the curb of a road that leads across the towns. A break here is definitely worth it!With new impressions you then cycle on the German side. The route takes you through the beautiful nature of the Münsterland park landscape. You will pass Haus Bülling and finally reach the Rheder Schloss in Rhede.Through a beautiful avenue in the Prinzenwald, past fields, hedges and meadows you will reach the Aa again. On the Aa-Radweg you pass the Pröbstingsee and get comfortably to the stage destination Borken.
Right behind Borken you cycle through Gemen, where you can visit the castle Gemen. Then we continue along the Bocholter Aa to Ramsdorf. From here, you will make a nice loop past picturesque fields and meadows that will take you to Velen Castle in the town of the same name.After taking a break for the first time, you cycle on through the wonderful country idyll of Münsterland to Südlohn, where you have covered half of the stage. Here you can not only dine well, but also visit the manor Haus Lohn.Strengthened you drive on through the picturesque park landscape to Vreden, where you can see the prince-bishop's castle Vreden. Then it goes to the stage goal Ahaus. Here you can end the day with a stroll through the city center and a visit to the castle Ahaus relaxed.
On flat paths you cycle from Ahaus, while you pass some dreamy ponds. After leaving the last houses of the city behind you, you dive back into the beautiful parkland. You will pass small forests, hedgerows and meadows. You pass small villages and the bathing lake "Im Donsel". Finally, you reach Nienborg, where you can visit the High House and House Keppelborg during a break.Via Heek, you will return to the idyllic cultural landscape that stretches between the villages of Münsterland. Via Asbeck, where you can admire wonderfully preserved historic houses, you drive to Legden. Here it is worth a detour into the dahlia garden.On slightly ascending route you will cycle past wide meadows and fields, which are lined by romantic hedges. You cross a quiet forest and reach the impressive castle Varlar. After you have looked at the magnificent building in peace, you drive the last few miles on slightly hilly route to Darfeld. Here in the stage destination the fabulous castle Darfeld awaits your visit.
The start of the sixth stage is slightly downhill. Cozy you roll out of Darfeld and around the forest at Haus Burlo around. An enchanted pond and an old, romantic mill will enchant you here at the edge of the forest. Continue on Eggerode, where you pass the beginning of the river Vechte. A small climb lets you pedal harder from here on. The following descent will take you to Horstmar with its historic town hall.After you have crossed the pretty town, you cycle again on flat paths through the magnificent Münsterland parkland. Country idyll like in the picture book is waiting for you here. You drive past the edge of Borghorst and on to Burgsteinfurt, where you can visit the castle Steinfurt and relax in the adjacent park.After taking a long break in Burgsteinfurt, you cycle with new strength through the magnificent landscape of Münsterland. The romantic Wasserschloss Haus Welbergen is located on the route and invites you to explore the inner courtyard. Two small loops that lead you over Langenhorst and Welbergen bring you to the stage destination Ochtrup.
Immediately after Ochtrup, wonderful nature welcomes you: You cycle through the nature reserve Tuetenvenn and then along the edge of the Gildehauser Venn. Shortly after you reach Bad Bentheim. Here lies the hill Bentheim. A visit is definitely worth it, because you can not only visit the castle, but you also enjoy a magnificent view from the castle over the city and the Münsterland parkland.From Bad Bentheim you reach a short but rapid descent back into the middle of nature. Romantic streams cross your path, through which artistic bridges of sandstone lead. Romantic forests and lush meadows extend to the left and right of you. The highlight of this picture book landscape are the Haddorfer lakes, where you can even cool off on hot days.Shortly behind the lakes you reach Neuenkirchen. From here you drive on a nice Bahnradweg, which leads you on slightly downhill route comfortably to the stage destination Rheine. At the end of the day you can take a detour to the monastery Bentlage, which is located on the outskirts of the city.
In Rheine you follow the beautiful cycle path directly along the Ems. Then you cross the river and the Emsauen and cycle through fields, meadows and spruce forests to Bevergern. Here you will meet the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal and the "Nasse Dreieck", where the Mittellandkanal branches off. You cross all canals and cycle to the monastery Gravenhorst past the Ibbenbürener Aa. You follow the beautiful cycle path that runs along the shore to Ibbenbüren. Here you have reached half of the stage and can take a long break.Strengthened it goes on the shore of the Aasees from the city. About Laggenbeck you drive continuously uphill into the Teutoburg Forest. Surrounded by shady trees, it is only moderate, then across fields and through small forest stretches up to Tecklenburg. Here you have more than earned a restful break in the pretty old town.With new strength, you are in a fast descent down to the moated house Marck. Then you roll along a gently sloping track on the edge of the quarry nature reserve at the Kleefeld Canyon. You will enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the unique landscape and passages through romantic woodland until you reach the stage destination Lengerich.
You drive south from Lengerich and turn east at the gates of the city. Passing several ponds and the picturesque Niedermarker See, you will again reach the foot of the Teutoburg Forest.A crisp climb leads you under shady trees up to the ridge. Once at the top, you can enjoy beautiful views over the picturesque landscape and cycle in moderate ups and downs to Bad Iburg. It is worth visiting the castle Iburg, from which you have great views of the city and the surrounding area.A long descent will take you to the typical hedgerows of fields and meadows, which will take you on a flat stretch via Glandorf to the romantic Harkotten Castle. After having a look around the castle, you continue cycling through the beautiful parkland.You pass the idyllic Feldmarksee, pass Sassenberg and finally reach the Ems again. Along its shore you roll to the Emssee, which you finally cross and reach the destination of the stage in the Emssepark in Warendorf.
To start the tenth stage on the 100 castles route you cycle through the beautiful Emssepark in Warendorf and then leave the town to the south. Through the picturesque park landscape you cycle on a relatively flat route via Westkirchen to Ostenfelde. At the gates of the village you can take a look at Vornholz Castle.After crossing Ostenfelde, it gets a bit hilly. In even up and down you drive through enchanted forests to Oelde. On the way you will come to castle ruins and the former moated house house spirit. Romantic woodland and picturesque orchards along the way accompany you to Stromberg. Here you can not only pay a visit to Stromberg Castle Ruins, but also enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape.In a rapid descent, you dive back into the country idyll of Münsterland and cycle in slight ups and downs to Wadersloh. After a short descent, you will roll the last few kilometers on an almost flat stretch to the final destination Herzfeld.
From Herzfeld you cross the Lippe and its picturesque meadows. On the other side of the river in Hovestadt you will pass the moated castle Hovestadt and its spacious castle garden. Afterwards you will cycle in a wide arc through colorful fields and lush meadows. You cross the Ahse twice and finally reach Lippe again. Past Lippborg you pass the Assen Castle, which houses a boarding school.On a long climb you work on the Höxberg. Once at the top, you can take a break and enjoy the magnificent view or pay a visit to the animal enclosure and the windmill. You can also find a refreshment stop on the Höxberg.Over a long, comfortable descent you reach via Beckum and past a former quarry to the shores of the Werse. On a beautiful bike path you follow the playful river for a short distance and then cross it to drive past fields, hedges and meadows towards Sendenhorst, the stage destination.
You can comfortably start the twelfth stage of the 100 Schlösser Route and cycle on flat paths through the picture-perfect parkland of the Münsterland. In Albersloh, you'll meet the Werse again and roll along the river cycle path through the magical nature on the shore.Finally, turn off to Rinkerode where, after crossing the village, you will meet Bisping House. Not far away is the moated castle Haus Borg, which is also worth a visit. Continue through the flat hollow Davert with their extensive forests Davensberg to Ascheberg. Here you have mastered just over half of the stage and can treat yourself to a long break.With new strength you cycle past fields, pastures and orchards to Drensteinfurt, where you can pay a visit to the moated castle Haus Steinfurt. Then you make your way to the waypoint. On the last few kilometers, you will pass a hill from which you will enjoy beautiful views over the wide landscape before rolling into Herbern.
Right at the beginning of this stage you pass Schloss Westerwinkel and its spacious park with a wild and romantic forest. After this first highlight you cycle a short arc through fields and meadows, before you enter the next castle park: On a dead straight path you roll through the Nordkirchener Schlosspark directly to the moated castle Nordkirchen. The imposing baroque palace complex invites you to an extensive exploration.Then you continue on Selm to Olfen. Behind the village you dive into the picturesque Steverauen and cross the river. About the nature reserve Deipe Bieke, which is located on a hill, and the Dortmund-Ems Canal, it continues to Lüdinghausen.A little later you pass the Wasserburg Haus Kakesbeck and continue cycling to Senden, the stage destination, where you can marvel at Schloss Senden at the end of the day.
Today is the last stage on the 100 castles tour, where you return to the starting point Coesfeld. From Senden you first cycle along a flat river cycle path directly along the Stever. You are surrounded by beautiful nature. In Appelhülsen you leave the bank of the Stever and take a slight uphill to Nottuln. Here you can admire magnificent sandstone buildings and take a first break, because it then goes further uphill.Through the beautiful nature reserve Nonnenbach Nottulner Berg you work your way up to the forest area Hengwehr and Hanloer Mark. Here you have reached the highest point of the stage and enjoy beautiful views of the Darup Valley at the edge of the forest. A pleasant descent will take you to the former Wasserburg Haus Hameren.Through the Berkelauen you cycle to the river of the same name and follow it for a short distance. Then the route leads you in a wide arc through the picturesque park landscape to the fairytale castle Varlar. Then you drive on beautiful paths through quiet forests and wide fields to Coesfeld, the destination of the unforgettable tour through the Münsterland.
To get to the outer circle of the 100 castles route, you can drive from Münster three different routes past castles, manor houses and mansions. The first route takes you from Münster to the northeast to Füchtorf.From the main station in Münster you cycle out of the city, crossing the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal. Over beautiful meadows and fields you reach the Werse. Through a magnificent meadow landscape you follow the merry loop of the river north to the mouth in the Ems. Here you turn east and roll comfortably through the picturesque Emsauen to Westbevern.The place is about halfway and is thus suitable for an extended break. To stop by, you will find cozy restaurants with a terrace or beer garden. Freshly fortified, you cycle to Ostbevern, where you can stop at Schloss Loburg. Then you drive the last few kilometers through the country idyll of the Münsterland park landscape to Füchtorf. Shortly after the village, you reach the outer circle of the 100 castles route at Harkotten Castle.
This route takes you from Münster to the southeast to Sendenhorst, where you have access to the outer round of the 100 castles route.At the main station in Münster we start. From here you cycle east, cross the Dormund-Ems-Kanal and reach the Werse at the gates of the city. You follow the course of the river to the south and roll through a picturesque meadow landscape. Again and again, the bike path leads right along the shore, where you can let your eyes wander over the water.In Wollbeck you have made half of the route, can take a leisurely break and pay the former Burgmannshof Drostenhof Wolbeck a visit. Then you cycle through the beautiful parkland over Alverskirchen south. Here you meet at Sendenhorst finally on the outer round of the 100 castles route.
The third option, to get from Münster to the outer circle of the 100 Schlösser Route, will take you to Billerbeck in the west.Starting point is at the main station in Münster. On the way west out of the city, a stopover at the prince-bishop's palace Münster is worthwhile. At the gates of Münster, you cycle past Haus Rüschhaus and Haus Vögeding to the fairytale moated castle Hülshoff. Here is worth a longer break, where you can also strengthen in the cafe.With many impressions and new energy you drive past fields, meadows and romantic woodland to Havixbeck and then through equally picturesque landscape on to Billerbeck. Shortly after the city you will meet the outer circle of the 100 castles route.