Fairytale moated castles with extensive parks, magnificent baroque buildings and imposing sandstone palaces with exquisite gardens – there are countless treasures to discover in Münsterland along the 100 Castles Route. This picturesque region in northwestern Germany offers over 600 miles (960 km) of cycling paths through picturesque landscapes characterised by green meadows, rolling pastures, woodland, and hedge-lined roads.
In this Collection, we guide you along the entire 100 Castles Route in four circulars: West, North, East and South. The easiest place to start the West route is from the city of Coesfeld, which has a train station. The other three routes start from Münster’s central station. The circulars sometimes overlap so you can combine them together to ride the entire route.
On each of the loops, beautiful scenery and stunning history awaits. On the five-stage west route, you visit Anholt moated castle and Raesfeld Castle. On the north route, you discover the hilly landscape of the Tecklenburger Land over six stages, visiting Steinfurt and Bentheim castles. More castles await of the east course, which takes you to Loburg and Harkotten castles during its four stages. Finally, on the south course, you will be impressive by Westerwinkel and Nordkirchen castle as you explore the area to the south of Münster over four stages.
Regardless of which of the routes you choose, you will find accommodation, restaurants, cafés and often train stations en route and at end destinations making it easy to shorten your ride or skip out some sections. There are countless castles and palaces to discover so keep your eyes peeled and enjoy the treasures of Münsterland!
In Coesfeld you get on the west route in the 100 castles route. You can get here comfortably by train, for example from Münster, Dortmund, Dorsten or Enschede in the Netherlands.Right behind Coesfeld you cycle through a hilly field and meadow landscape and pass the first magnificent buildings, such as isolated country houses and the Gerleve monastery. Through the Roruper wood you enjoy a refreshing descent and continue on flat paths.In Buldern you can make a detour to Buldern Castle. Then you cycle to Dülmen. Here you have already covered just over half of the stage and can treat yourself to an extensive break. Numerous terraces in the center invite you to linger when the weather is good.Freshly strengthened, you drive on through beautiful nature. Blooming rhododendrons along the way, wide meadows and romantic forests alternate along the way. Shortly before the stage goal you pass Schloss Sythen. Then you will reach Haltern am See, where you can end the day on the banks of the picturesque reservoir.
Behind Haltern am See you dive straight into the beautiful landscape of the Lippeauen. After you have driven a bit parallel to the loops of the river, you move away from the river and cycle on quiet bike paths through the picturesque parkland of the Münsterland. You will soon reach Lembeck Castle. Here you can take a first break and fortify yourself in the café at the castle.We continue on a mostly flat route past pastures, fields and small forest areas to Raesfeld. Here you have already done a little more than half of the stage and can treat yourself to an extensive rest in the place. Afterwards, a detour to Raesfeld Castle 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 stage destination Bocholt. At the end of the day, you can pay a visit to the Woord and Efing mansions.
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You follow the Aa from Bocholt and cycle behind the gates of the city on the near-natural Aa bike path directly along the banks of the river. After about ten kilometers you leave the Aa bike path and drive through the Schüttensteiner forest to Isselburg. Past the Anholter Switzerland Biotope Wildlife Park you will reach the Anholt moated castle.After you have admired the castle extensively, you cycle north and then turn into the forest Schievekamp. You roll on shady paths to the Krummer Bach. This forms the border with the Netherlands. You follow the border to Suderwick. The place borders directly on the Dutch Dinxperlo. At first glance, you can’t actually see that there are two places, and certainly not that they are in two different countries. The state border runs on the curb of a road that runs through the towns. A break here is definitely worth it!With new impressions you will continue cycling on the German side. The route takes you through the wonderful nature of the Münsterland park landscape. You pass Haus Bülling and finally reach Rheder Castle in Rhede.Through a beautiful avenue in the Princes Forest, past fields, hedges and meadows, you reach the Aa again. On the Aa bike path you will pass the Pröbstingsee and comfortably get to the stage destination Borken.
Right behind Borken you cycle through Gemen, where you can visit Gemen Castle. Then it continues along the Bocholter Aa to Ramsdorf. From here you drive a beautiful arch, past picturesque fields and meadows, which takes you to Velen Castle in the town of the same name.After taking a first break here, you continue cycling through the wonderful rural idyll of the Münsterland to Südlohn, where you have completed half of the stage. Here you can not only dine well, but also visit the manor house wages.Freshly strengthened, you drive through the picturesque parkland to Vreden, where you can see the Prince-Bishops' Castle Vreden. Then it goes to the stage goal Ahaus. Here you can end the day relaxed with a stroll through the city center and a visit to the Ahaus Castle.
You leave Ahaus on flat paths, passing some dreamy ponds. After you have left the last houses of the city behind you, you dive back into the beautiful park landscape. You drive past small forests, fields bordered by hedges and meadows and pass small villages and the cozy bathing lake "Im Donsel". Finally you will reach Nienborg, where you can take a break to visit the High House and Keppelborg.Via Heek you get back into the idyllic cultural landscape that extends between the towns of the Münsterland. Via Asbeck, where you can admire wonderfully preserved historic houses, you drive to Legden. A visit to the dahlia garden is worthwhile here.On a slightly ascending route you cycle past wide meadows and fields, which are lined with romantic hedges and finally dive into a quiet forest. After you have crossed the rock stream, you have the option to switch to the north course of the 100 castles tour via a connector.If you continue on the west course, you drive south through the forest and shortly afterwards you reach Coesfeld, the starting point of the west course.
The connection between the west course and the north course of the 100 castles route begins in Skirsfeld at the Medding bus stop.From here you cycle past the pretty Jagdschlösschen in the Skirsfeld at the beginning and then roll on through the beautiful nature of the quiet forest that surrounds you. After a short passage across fields and meadows, you dive back into a romantic forest that accompanies you to the impressive Varlar Castle.After you have looked at the magnificent building in peace, you drive the last kilometers through the park towards Darfeld. Shortly before the town and the castle of the same name you meet the north course of the 100 castles route.
You can start the north course of the 100 Schlösser Route directly at the main train station in the center of Münster. From here you cycle west of the city. On the way, a stop at the Prince-Bishop's Castle in Münster is worthwhile.At the gates of Münster you cycle past Rüschhaus and Vögeding to the fairytale Hülshoff moated castle. Here you have earned an extensive break, during which you can fortify yourself in the café.With a lot of impressions and new energy you drive past fields, meadows and romantic forest areas to Havixbeck and then through equally picturesque landscapes to Billerbeck.
From Billerbeck you cycle through the parkland to Darfeld. Behind the village, the path leads you around the forest at Haus Burlo. An enchanted pond and an old, romantic mill enchant you here at the edge of the forest. We continue via Eggerode, where you will pass the Vechte river. A small climb lets you pedal a little harder from here. The following descent takes you to Horstmar with its historic town hall.After you have crossed the pretty city, you cycle again on flat paths through the beautiful Münsterland park landscape. Country idyll like in a picture book is waiting for you here. You drive past the edge of Borghorst and on to Burgsteinfurt, where you can visit Steinfurt Castle and relax in the adjacent park.After taking a long break in Burgsteinfurt, you continue cycling with new strength through the beautiful landscape of the Münsterland. The romantic moated castle Haus Welbergen lies along the route and invites you to explore the inner courtyard. Two small bows that lead you over Langenhorst and Welbergen bring you to the stage destination Ochtrup.
Immediately after Ochtrup you will be welcomed by wonderful nature: You cycle through the nature reserve Tuetenvenn and then along the edge of the Gildehauser Venns. Shortly afterwards you will reach Bad Bentheim. Here is the Bentheim hill castle. A visit is definitely worth it, because you can not only visit the castle, but you also enjoy a wonderful view from the castle over the city and the Münsterland park landscape.From Bad Bentheim you can get back to nature in a short but fast descent. Romantic streams, over which artistic sandstone bridges lead, cross your path. Silent forests and lush meadows stretch to your left and right. The highlight of this picture book landscape are the Haddorfer lakes, where you can even cool off on hot days.Shortly after the lakes you reach Neuenkirchen. From here you ride on a beautiful railway bike path that leads you comfortably to the stage destination Rheine on a slightly sloping route. At the end of the day you can make a detour to the Bentlage Monastery, which is located on the outskirts of the city.
In Rheine you follow the beautiful bike path along the Ems. Then you cross the river and the Emsauen and cycle through fields, meadows and spruce forests to Bevergern. Here you meet the Dortmund-Ems Canal and the “Nasse Dreieck”, where the Mittelland Canal branches off. You cross all the canals and cycle past Gravenhorst Abbey to Ibbenbüren Aa. You follow the beautiful bike path that leads directly along the shore to Ibbenbüren. Here you have reached half of the stage and can take an extensive break.Freshly strengthened, it goes out of the city on the banks of the Aasee. Via Laggenbeck you continuously drive slightly uphill into the Teutoburg Forest. Surrounded by shady trees, it is moderate at first, then across fields and through small forest areas up to Tecklenburg. Here you have more than earned a relaxing break in the pretty old town.With new strength you race down to the water castle Haus Marck in a rapid descent. Then you roll along a slightly sloping route along the edge of the quarry nature reserve along Kleefeld Canyon. You alternately enjoy wonderful distant views of the unique landscape and passages through romantic forest until you reach the stage goal Lengerich.
You drive south from Lengerich and turn east at the gates of the city. Past several ponds and the picturesque Niedermarker See, you reach the foot of the Teutoburg Forest again.A crisp climb leads you under shady trees up to the mountain range. Once at the top, you can enjoy wonderful views of the picturesque landscape and cycle to Bad Iburg in moderate ups and downs. It is worth visiting Iburg Castle, from where you have great views of the city and the surrounding area.A long descent takes you into the typical field and meadow landscape lined with hedges, through which you drive on a flat route via Glandorf to the romantic Harkotten Castle. After looking around at the castle, you roll the last few kilometers comfortably to the stage destination Füchtorf.
Behind Füchtorf you dive into the rural idyll of the Münsterland parkland and cycle to Loburg Castle. After looking around here, you will soon reach Ostbevern, where you can take a first break. In the neighboring town of Westbevern you will also find cozy restaurants with a terrace or beer garden.Freshly strengthened, you roll through the picturesque Emsauen until you reach the Wersemünde. From here you follow the happy loops of the Werse, which meanders through a wonderful meadow landscape.You cycle over beautiful meadows and fields towards Münster, where you reach the Dortmund-Ems Canal, which you then cross. Once on the other side of the river, your path leads you through the city to the main train station, the starting point of the Nordschleife.
You can join the east course of the 100 Schlösser Route directly at the main train station in Münster. From here you cycle out of the city, crossing the Dortmund-Ems Canal. You reach the Werse through beautiful meadows and fields. You follow this through a beautiful meadow landscape to the north to the mouth of the Ems. Here you turn east and roll comfortably through the picturesque Emsauen to Westbevern.The place is about halfway and is therefore suitable for an extended break. Here you will find cozy restaurants with a terrace or beer garden. You will then cycle back to Ostbevern, where you can stop at Loburg Castle. Then you drive through the rural idyll of the Münsterland parkland to Füchtorf and on to Harkotten Castle.After looking around the castle, you continue cycling through the beautiful parkland. You pass the idyllic Feldmarksee, pass Sassenberg and finally get back to the Ems. Along its banks you roll to Emssee and further into the old town of Warendorf, the destination of the stage.
At the start of the second stage of the east course, you leave Warendorf heading 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 Schloss Vornholz.After you have crossed Ostfelde, it gets a bit hilly. In steady ups and downs you drive through enchanted forests to Oelde. On the way you will pass castle ruins and the former water castle Haus Geist. Romantic woodland and picturesque orchards along the way accompany you to Stromberg. Here you can not only pay a visit to the Stromberg castle ruins, but also enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape.In a rapid descent you dive back into the idyllic countryside of the Münsterland and cycle in gentle up and down over Rheda-Wiedenbrück to Wadersloh. After a short descent you roll the last kilometers on an almost flat route to the stage 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 Hovestadt moated castle and its spacious castle garden. Then you cycle in a large arc through colorful fields and lush meadows. You cross the ax twice and finally reach the lip again at Lippborg. After Lippborg you will pass Assen Castle.You work your way up the Höxberg on a long climb. Once at the top, you can take a break and enjoy the wonderful view, or pay a visit to the animal enclosure and the windmill there. You can also find refreshments on the Höxberg.A long, comfortable descent takes you via Beckum and past a former quarry to the banks 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 start off comfortably in the fourth stage of the east course and cycle on flat paths through the picture-perfect park landscape of the Münsterland. You will pass Gut Brückhausen and Alverskirchen. In Wollbeck you finally reached half of the stage and earned an extensive break. In addition to a cozy break, a visit to the former Burgmannshof Drostenhof Wolbeck is also worthwhile.Rested and with new energy, you now follow the course of the Werse through a picturesque meadow landscape. Again and again the bike path leads directly along the shore, where you can let your gaze wander over the water.Finally you leave the Werse and drive towards Münster. After you have crossed the Dortmund-Ems Canal, you roll through the city to the main train station, where you reach the starting point of the east course. To round off the tour properly, you can pay a visit to the Prince-Bishop's Palace in Münster.
It starts at the main train station in Münster. From here you cycle on the south course to the east, cross the Dormund-Ems Canal and meet the Werse at the gates of the city. You follow the course of the river south and roll through a picturesque meadow landscape. Again and again the bike path leads directly along the shore, where you can let your gaze wander over the water.In Wollbeck you can take a leisurely break and pay a visit to the former Burgmannshof Drostenhof Wolbeck. Then you cycle through the beautiful park landscape over Alverskirchen to the south. In Albersloh you meet the Werse again and roll calmly on the river bike path through the fairytale nature on the shore.Finally, you turn off to Rinkerode, where you meet the Bisping house after crossing the village. Not far from there is the water castle Haus Borg, which is also worth a visit. We continue through the Davert flat depression with its extensive forests via Davensberg to Ascheberg.
From Aschenberg you cycle past fields, pastures and orchards to Drensteinfurt, where you can pay a visit to the Haus Steinfurt moated castle. Then you make your way to Hebern. Before you curl up in the city, it goes over a small hill from which you can enjoy beautiful views over the vast landscape.Right behind Hebern you pass Westerwinkel Castle and its spacious park with wild and romantic forest. After this highlight you cycle a small arc through fields and meadows before you drive into the next castle park. On a straight path you roll through the Nordkirchener Schlosspark directly to the Nordkirchen moated castle. The imposing baroque palace complex invites you to extensive exploration.Then you drive via Selm to Olfen. Behind the place you dive into the picturesque Steverauen and cross the river of the same name. We continue to Lüdinghausen via the Deipe Bieke nature reserve, which is located on a hill, and the Dortmund-Ems Canal.
A few kilometers behind Lüdinghausen you pass the Wasserburg Haus Kakesbeck. From here you cycle on to Senden, where you can calmly marvel at Senden Castle.From Senden you cycle along a flat river bike path directly along the Stever. You are surrounded by beautiful nature. In Appelhülsen you leave the banks of the Stever and drive slightly uphill to Nottuln. Here you can admire magnificent sandstone buildings and take a break, because the climb continues afterwards.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 a wonderful view of the Daruper valley at the edge of the forest. A pleasant descent will take you to the former Haus Hameren moated castle.You cycle through the Berkelauen to the river of the same name and follow it to the stage destination Billerbeck.
Through picturesque countryside, you first drive from Billerbeck to Havixbeck and from there on past fields, meadows and romantic forest to the fairytale Wasserschloss Hülshoff. A longer break is worthwhile here, during which you can also fortify yourself in the café.With a lot of impressions and new energy you will continue. After you have crossed Münstersche Aa, you will pass Haus Vögeding and Haus Rüschhaus at the gates of Münster.Then you roll through the city past the Prince-Bishops' Castle Münster and the Erbdrostenhof to the main station, where you reach the starting point of the south course and your destination of the circular tour.