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11 loops in Osnabrück Land in Germany – a cyclist’s paradise

Bike Touring Collection by Osnabrücker Land

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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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:00
    32.3 mi
    10.8 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful round tour begins in Quakenbrück, where you can get comfortably by train. On the bike tour through the beautiful landscape of the Artland, you will repeatedly meet the talkative “field cracker” at seven listening stations along the route.At the snack points, the Artländer Original tells you interesting, worth knowing and Dönkes about the historical landscape of Artland. You will also learn from him about the customs and traditions of the region as well as funny anecdotes from his life.To start the tour you cycle from Quakenbrück and through a wonderfully open landscape to Everdings Mühle. On the way you will already pass the first snack point. From the mill, you continue on flat paths through the beautiful Artland. You will pass colorful fields, pass lush green meadows and roll through shady forest areas. In the rural area, you can take breaks in cozy farm cafes on the way.On the way back to Quakenbrück you cross the Little Hare, which flows idyllically, and the Trentlager Canal. You cycle relaxed the last kilometers of the incline-free circular tour to the center of Quakenbrück, where you reach the starting point again.

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    Intermediate
    02:43
    26.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour starts in beautiful Bersenbrück, which you can easily reach by train. You cycle south-west out of the city, it is continuously slightly uphill, because you climb the Ankumer Höhe. Here you can enjoy the beautiful Geest landscape before you descend on a refreshing descent to Alfhausen. Then you continue to Alfsee.The Alfsee is a flood retention basin for the branched hare and at the same time a wonderful local recreation area. You cycle south on its west bank to its tip and then along the east bank. Here you not only have wonderful views of the lake water, but you can also watch the water sports enthusiasts at the water ski facility. You will also find a campsite with refreshments here.After you have enjoyed the ambience at Alfsee, the route leads to the branched hare. First you cross the deep hare, then the high hare. You follow the course of your river north through a flat field and meadow landscape. At the Dominican convent you can take a break and let the romantic rose garden work its magic on you.Then it continues along the river and finally through flat, open landscape back to Bersenbrück. To round off the tour properly, a stroll through the historic town and a visit to the museum in the monastery are worthwhile.

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  • Difficult
    09:06
    93.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this extensive circular tour you will experience all the splendor of the fertile Artland with its unique farm culture and the extensive hare river landscape.As an ambitious touring cyclist, you can ride the circuit in one day. If you want to take it a little easier, you can spend the night in the towns along the route to divide the round into several stages. So you also have enough time to discover the historic city centers, old mills, venerable churches and mansions along the way.It starts in Bippen, but you can join the circuit anywhere along the route, for example in Quakenbrück, if you want to travel by train.Immediately behind Bippen you dive into a hilly forest and meadow landscape. Via Fürstenau and Ankum you cycle through this wonderful backdrop to Bersenbrück. Behind the village it becomes flatter and you roll in several loops through the idyllic, open landscape that extends to the left and right of the rabbit to Quakenbrück.After you have crossed the city, you can make a detour to the Everdings mill. Then you cycle through the Börsteler forest, across wide fields, meadows and past picturesque farms until you reach the starting point Bippen again.

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    Intermediate
    02:52
    26.5 mi
    9.3 mph
    950 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The tour starts in beautiful Bad Essen. From here you cycle to the Mittelland Canal and cross it. Shortly afterwards you will pass the fairytale Hünnefeld Castle and the mighty Ippenburg Castle. Afterwards, a wonderfully flat route awaits you, which leads you through a great landscape with wide fields and romantic orchard meadows.On the way cross the Mittelland Canal again and reach the harrow in the south of the tour. The mountain range has some inclines ready for you, which let you pedal a little harder. Your efforts are quickly forgotten, because up here you will be surrounded by charming forests and rural idyll.A rapid descent through the forest brings you back to the starting point in Bad Essen. Here you can end the tour in the pretty city center, the heart of which is the beautiful market square. A visit to the SoleArena is also worthwhile, where you can finally relax by inhaling the healthy air.

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    Intermediate
    03:28
    31.5 mi
    9.1 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Hesepe, the round tour begins near the train station, so you can travel comfortably by train. Shortly after the start you will reach Bramsche, where you can visit the cloth maker museum during a first break. Along the banks of the picturesque hare you will then reach the Mittelland Canal.On beautiful bike paths that run directly on the shore, you follow the canal to the east. You can keep your eyes wandering over the water and up to the other side of the river. At the level of the Kalkriese find region, you leave the canal and cycle to the Kalkriese museum and park, where you can find out everything about the Varus battle in the Osnabrück region.On the other side of the Mittelland Canal you cycle north. Here you pass the picturesque Malgarten monastery and reach the Hohe Hase, the course of which you now follow to the Dominican convent in Lage.From here it is not far to Alfsee. Once there, you cycle on the shores of the lake through the beautiful local recreation area. You will reach the feeder at the southern tip - the Alfsee serves as a flood retention basin for the rabbit. You follow the feeder on beautiful riverside paths to Hesepe, where you reach the starting point of the tour again.

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    Difficult
    06:48
    65.2 mi
    9.6 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.After Bissendorf the route becomes flatter and you cycle comfortably past fields and meadows to Belm, where you can visit the Belmer mill. From here you drive a dangle over Vehren and then dive into the picturesque Nettetal. You follow the cheerfully flowing cute to Rulle. Then you continue via Wallenhorst and Hollage to the branch canal Osnabrück.You follow the bank on straight paths and get to Eversburg. Past the enchanting Rubbenbruchsee you roll through a wonderful forest and meadow landscape back to the starting point in Hasbergen.Tip: A total of 46 bike info points await you along the route with lots of information on special places along the route. There you can also scan a QR code for even more online information.

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    Intermediate
    02:09
    19.8 mi
    9.2 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.On a flat route it goes south along the rabbit, where you will pass the rabbit bifurcation. At this point it loses part of its water to the Else, which flows further towards Ems. From here the route leads you in a small dangling over picturesque fields back to the starting point in Gesmold.Due to construction work on the "Stepkeweg" level crossing in the Bissendorf Ellerbeck district, this cycle route will be diverted until January 31, 2021 via the "Lange Lichtsweg". The following itinerary, the GPX file and the signage have been adapted accordingly.

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    Easy
    01:42
    15.6 mi
    9.1 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.Then you drive up to Venner Berg. Arrived at the highest point at 156 meters, you have the opportunity to climb a lookout tower and enjoy a great view. A refreshing descent takes you through romantic forest and past extensive fields and meadows to the Kalkriese Museum and Park, where you can learn everything about the Varus battle in the Osnabrück region.After a visit to the museum, you will get back on your bike with a lot of impressions and cross the Mittelland Canal. On flat paths you roll comfortably to the Venner Moor, which awaits you with fantastic nature.Through a lovely field and meadow landscape you finally cycle back to the Mittelland Canal, cross it and shortly afterwards you reach the starting point in Venne.

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    Intermediate
    03:06
    30.4 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.It continues over the branch canal Osnabrück and through the district of Eversburg to the picturesque Rubbenbruchsee. From here you cycle on a flat route through a wonderful landscape, which is characterized by wide fields, idyllic meadows, romantic forests and the playful loops of the Düte.In the south of the round tour you pass Sutthausen and cycle north via Voxtrup. Here you can immerse yourself in the wonderful nature that surrounds the river Hase. After you have crossed the rabbit, you roll through Lüstringen and then cycle through a great forest and meadow landscape.At the northern tip of the tour you can get to the Nette. You follow the dreamy river that flows through beautiful nature to the naked mill, where many interesting events always take place. It is not far from the mill back to the starting point.

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    Easy
    01:54
    18.2 mi
    9.6 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.After about eight kilometers, the route begins to climb gently. In Plaggenschale you can take a detour to the juniper grove Plaggenschale and take a lap there on the barefoot path.Then you drive through the beautiful landscape to Schwagstorf. From here the route becomes a bit more steep and you can comfortably roll the last few kilometers back to Fürstenau.

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    Intermediate
    03:17
    32.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour in the southern part of Osnabrück you can really breathe deeply, be it over the tree tops or at the graduation tower. And this is exactly where the tour starts: at the graduation tower in Bad Rothenfelde.In the spa park you can inhale the healthy brine air before you get on your bike and tackle the first ascent just behind the city. Via the Südberg you get to Hilter am Teutoburger Wald. And you will conquer it next: A slightly longer climb and a series of smaller ones will take you up the mountain range and into the quiet forests that are waiting for you there.Through beautiful green, surrounded by the rustle of leaves and the twittering of birds, you cycle to Bad Iburg. A long break is worthwhile here, during which you get to know the pretty city and the castle. A detour to the treetop path is also recommended.You then roll on flat paths across wide fields and meadows to Glandorf. Past the picturesque Heideseen, you will reach Bad Laer, where you can take a break in the spa park. Here you will also find a brine inhaler pavilion and can inhale the salty air.Over fields and through a romantic forest you reach Bad Rothenfelde, the starting point of the tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    392 mi
  • Duration
    40:06 h
  • Elevation
    10,300 ft

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