Nestled between the Wiehen Hills and the Teutoburg Forest in north-west Germany, Osnabrück Land is a paradise for cycling. The region has 1,740 miles (2,800 km) of signposted cycle paths that lead through colourful fields, meadows, and forests, along riverbanks and over the Teutoburg Forest hills. As you ride, you can enjoy fantastic views over the landscape and discover the region’s history at old mills, majestic castles, and rustic farms. Hop on your bike and get exploring – there is a lot to discover in Osnabrück Land.
In this Collection, we show you the 11 circular routes through this cycling region, which take you to the most beautiful places around the city of Münster, Emsland district, the Teutoburg Forest, and Oldenburg Münsterland district. Each loop is between 15 and 93 miles (25 and 150 kilometers) long. You can ride most of the circulars in a day or divide the longer routes into several stages if you want to take it easy. We’ve included something for everyone: from ambitious touring cyclists to relaxed riders.
Each circular route has a different theme and meets the highest quality standards. On the Ackerschnacker Tour, for example, you can learn about the historic Artland region at seven audio stations en route. Other routes take you to interesting museums, historic mills, stately castles, majestic palaces, and health resorts where you can enjoy the fresh air. Although all the routes are different, they all have one thing in common – great restaurants, cafés, and hotels.
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In the shape of a horseshoe, this tour winds around Osnabrück. You can start, for example, in Hasbergen at the train station. From here you drive south into the beautiful landscape of the Teutoburg Forest.The crisp climbs waiting for you are quickly forgotten in the beautiful nature of the forest. Romantic valleys and promising heights alternate as the route progresses. On the way you will always come through charming places and towns where you can take breaks.
The round tour starts in Gesmold. If you want to travel by train, you can also join the group in Westerhausen. Right behind Gesmold you will pass the pretty Gesmold Castle, which you can see from the outside.Past Westerhausen and the idyllic Grönegausee you reach the southern slope of the Wiehengebirge. Here you climb a crunchy climb that takes you up to 208 meters. Afterwards you enjoy a long downhill run through wide fields and romantic forests.
The starting point of this leisurely circular tour, which is also known as the mill, moor and Varus battle, is in Venne on the mill island. From here you cycle south out of the village and shortly after you reach the Iron Age house. The area on which a completely reconstructed homestead from the pre-Roman Iron Age stands is embedded in picturesque fields and offers you an interesting opportunity to take a break.
The tour starts around Osnabrück in the northern district of Haste. Of course, you can also start at any other location along the circular tour.From Haste you cycle west and dive into the beautiful nature right at the start. Magnificent forest and fascinating orchards await you. You can make a first stop after a few kilometers in the Museum of Industrial Culture.
This relaxed circular tour begins in Fürstenau. On your way out of the village you will pass the Fürstenau Castle, which is surrounded by a large moat and is worth a visit.After you have left the last houses behind you, you can enjoy the wonderful landscape that surrounds you to the fullest. On quiet agricultural paths you cycle through colorful fields, past picturesque meadows and romantic forest patches as well as individual farms and peasantry.