In Grafschaft Bentheim you cycle on beautiful routes through a wonderfully flat landscape, past wide meadows, romantic waters and through rustic forests. Typical wall hedges, impressive castles and small villages with idyllic wind and water mills set unforgettable accents along the way.
It is a unique experience to discover the Grafschaft Bentheim by bike. After all, over 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) of well-maintained and signposted cycle paths await you. Located directly on the Dutch border in the northwest of Germany and in the southwest of Lower Saxony, the county offers you cross-border cycling fun. The language also crosses borders, or rather, it knows no borders, which is why cycling here in the county is called "Fietsen", just like in the Netherlands.
In this collection we show you the seven most beautiful fietsen tours in Grafschaft Bentheim. The tours are between 17 and 40 miles (28 and 64 kilometers) long and suitable for the whole family. On the varied cycle tours you will enjoy wonderful nature, historic old towns and unique mills. From small hills and observation towers you can enjoy fascinating views over the county, as far as the Netherlands, the Münsterland and the Emsland. Of course, some of the tours also take you across the border into the Netherlands.
At the starting points and along the routes you can look forward to a wide range of bike-related services: In addition to bicycle-friendly restaurants and bicycle service stations, the Fietsenbus is also available to you. The bike bus is equipped with a trailer and will give you and your bike a ride if you want to shorten a tour. With so much comfort for cyclists, it is no wonder that Grafschaft Bentheim has been awarded the title of "Bicycle Friendly District of Lower Saxony" several times. So you can look forward to cycling without borders or as they say here: "Fietsen without borders"!
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The tour starts at the Neumarkt in Nordhorn. From here you drive along the banks of Lake Vecht to the Vechte. You first follow it directly on the water, then at a distance through a beautiful field and meadow landscape, which is adorned by hedgerows and forest pieces. After a small climb you will reach the Isterberg. Here you can take a well-deserved break and climb the observation tower, from which you can enjoy wonderful views.
You start the Fietsentour in Emlichheim and drive on quiet roads to Schoonebeek in the Netherlands. On the way you come through an area where oil has been produced for 75 years, which makes it one of the oldest oil fields in Germany.When you arrive in Schoonebeek, you cycle through listed districts and then past idyllic farms. A well-developed bike path leads you through former moorland and back to Germany.
You cycle on the Dinkelufer in Neuenhaus, directly along the watercourse, until you reach the crank ferry that takes you across the river. On the other hand, the route leads you on quiet roads through romantic forest and the impressive oak alley, which is lined with historic Heuer houses, to the location. Here you can admire the watermill and the castle ruins during a break.
At the windmill in Veldhausen you get on your bike and start the Fietsen tour. You cross the village and cycle through the Vechtetal to the Netherlands. On the border path close to nature, which is idyllically lined with trees, you drive south, where you pass the nature reserve "The Seven Lakes" and finally reach the Nordhorn-Almelo Canal. Following the straight bank, you cross the spelled that flows under the canal.