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

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

Bike Touring Collection by Osnabrücker Land

10

Tours

31:19 h

301 mi

8,925 ft

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.

Ready to explore Osnabrück Land on a multi-day cycling trip? Take a look at the Grenzgängerroute (Border Crossing Route), here: komoot.de/collection/892

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Tours & Highlights

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    AckerschnackerTour – Rundtouren im Osnabrücker Land

    Difficult
    03:07
    33.6 mi
    10.8 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    02:55
    27.6 mi
    9.5 mph
    500 ft
    500 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    301 mi
  • Duration
    31:19 h
  • Elevation
    8,925 ft

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