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Castles, mills & timber-framed houses – Osnabrück Land

Bike Touring Collection by Osnabrücker Land

Magnificent castles, historic mills, and ornate half-timbered houses – Osnabrück Land is, without doubt, one of the most charming regions in north-western Germany. Whether you are a nature lover, a bon vivant, or a culture enthusiast, you will find your ideal bike Tour in this Collection.

There are many highlights waiting for you on these 12 routes around the peaceful city of Osnabrück. Cycle through the Nettetal municipality, follow the water of the Osnabrück Canal, visit majestic castles and medieval ruins, and explore the wetlands on the Hahlener Moor educational trail. The Kirsch-Radroute (cherry cycle route) is especially beautiful in spring when the trees blossom. If you enjoy birdwatching, you can ride the Gute Route (goods route) to Dümmer See lake. You can also enjoy fresh produce from the picturesque half-timbered farms in the beautiful Artland region.

The region also has a diverse architecture and culture. In the towns of Bad Essen and Osnabrück, you can see buildings and cultural sites dating back to various eras. In the countryside, too, history comes alive in old buildings such as former wind and watermills. If you get peckish en route, you can stop for refreshments at a farm cafe or restaurant.

Situated between Münsterland, Emsland, Teutoburger Wald, and Oldenburger Münsterland, this region is ideal for both a relaxed Tour with the whole family or a sporty challenge. Each of the 12 routes has a different theme and difficulty rating so there is something to suit everyone. As the routes are circular, you can also start at any point as the start and end are only suggestions. So hop on your saddle and discover the cycling paradise that is Osnabrück Land.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:41
    25.4 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This round spans a wide arc from the Ice Age glaciers, which left behind mighty granite boulders, through Neolithic rock graves and the Wittekindsburg from the early Middle Ages to the pilgrimage church in Rulle.The starting point is in Vehre in the valley of the Nette, where you will find the Neolithic stone graves "Devil's Backtrog" and "Devil's Oven" on the northern outskirts. These were created more than 3,000 years ago and are located in a beautiful forest.Then you cycle further south - the path leads through a colorful cultural landscape without major differences in altitude. First it goes through the towns of Haltern and Darum, later over the Belmer Bach to Belm. There you can visit the gruesome Belmer execution site, where three people were executed in the mid-19th century.Afterwards you drive through the Bramheide and arrive in the idyllic Nettetal. You cycle through shady mixed forests along the course of the babbling Nette. If you need some refreshment, a break in the historic Knollmeiers Mühle is a good choice. Following the water you cross the place Rulle with its beautiful church and then cycle back to the starting point in Vehre.

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    Intermediate
    01:53
    19.1 mi
    10.2 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 30-kilometer round tour leads through the town of Bissendorf and the surrounding villages in a south-easterly direction. The picturesque Sonnensee invites you to linger at the beginning or at the end of the tour.The starting point is at the shimmering Sonnensee in Bissendorf. From there it goes through Wersche and over the Hase to Linne and Lake Linner. The tree-lined shore of the lake invites you to take a short break. You then cycle relaxed through Ellerbeck and after you have left the idyllic Hasetal behind you, a detour to Ledenburg Castle is worthwhile. Shortly before Nemden you turn back to Bissendorf, but follow the route further south.To get to Holte, you step up the first slope of this circular tour and there you can visit the oldest church in Bissendorf from 1153. The path continues uphill to a small forest where the remains of the Holte castle ruins are located. It is worthwhile to park your bike here to explore the remains of the wall on foot. After this little detour, you swing back on your bike and drive through the beautiful Zittertal back to Bissendorf. If you still have time, you can visit the interesting museum of local history or hop in the lake.Due to construction work on the Stepkeweg level crossing in the Bissendorf Ellerbeck district, this cycle route will probably be rerouted via the Lange Lichtsweg until January 31, 2021. The route and the signs have been adapted accordingly.

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  • Intermediate
    01:47
    17.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This relaxed and short round takes you through the quarry landscape and past fields and meadows around the village of Bohmte. From the center in Bohmte with its two churches you cycle east. Through smaller forests and a colorful cultural landscape you drive back in a loop towards Bohmte, but keep to the right in front of the center.You cross the river Hunte and then arrive at the highlight of this tour: Gut Arenshorst is a former manor and impresses with its half-timbered buildings. Part of the property is also the unusual St. John's Church, whose red stone tower stands out from the rest of the building.Past the meadows of the golf club, it goes to the banks of the Mittelland Canal. At the end of the loop around Bohmte, a particularly beautiful section awaits you along the water of the canal. Accompanied by ships and boats, you return to the starting point in Bohmte.

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    Difficult
    05:20
    52.6 mi
    9.8 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With the Guten Route you go on a discovery tour and experience the countless highlights of the Wittlager Land and Dümmer See regions. Along the way, you can recharge your own battery in one of the many refreshment stops and possibly that of your e-bike at the charging stations.You start at the beautiful market square in Bad Essen, which is framed by historic half-timbered houses. From there it goes to Wehrendorf, where a demanding climb awaits you. In the shady forest, you really pedal, in order to then jet down to Hitzhausen. It goes up again, after which you can have a cool drink on the church square in Ostercappeln.A little later, the natural Kronensee invites you to take a bath near Schwagstorf. Cooled down, you follow the flat paths to Hunteburg and from there it goes a bit along the river Hunte to the north. On wonderful bike paths you drive through the wide ox moor to Dümmer See, a natural paradise for numerous species of birds.After enjoying the distant view from the observation tower, it goes to Lembruch and in a loop back to Hunteburg. There you keep left to follow the Hunte to Bohmte. Before you reach the starting point again, you can visit the majestic Hünnefeld Castle. Back in Bad Essen you will find a wide range of places to stop for a break to end the day properly.

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    Intermediate
    02:09
    22.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Churches, historical courtyards, a castle and even a windmill await you on the 36-kilometer Glandorf discovery tour. The colorful landscape around Glandorf takes you on flat and well-developed paths.From the starting point at the St. Johannis church you follow the Windmühlenstraße, which - you saw it coming - leads you to the Glandorfer Windmühle. It was built in 1839 and is now used for various events. Then you leave the village and immerse yourself in a mosaic of fields, meadows and forest areas. You pass the natural monument Zum Dicken Stein and cycle through beautiful villages like Schwege.Before you cross the Bever, you can take a break at Dinkelhof Horstmann and try the home-brewed spelled beer. We continue to Füchtorf, where there is another church worth visiting.The architectural highlight of the Glandorf discovery tour is definitely the magnificent Harkotten Castle: you can explore the impressive rooms during a guided tour or you can make yourself comfortable in the castle café. You cycle through forests and past meadows back to Glandorf, the starting point of this tour.

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    Intermediate
    01:51
    17.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Enjoy the gently hilly low mountain range with its numerous cherry trees, take a break or take a photo stop at the most beautiful spots in between - the cherry cycle route is a special experience, especially when it is blooming from mid-April. From the end of June you can enjoy the ripe fruits.The round begins in Hagen in the Teutoburg Forest. The cherry trail awaits you at the gates of the community, which you can explore on foot. Get to know the unimagined variety of varieties and the special role that the popular stone fruit plays here in the Teutoburg Forest. For centuries, sweet cherry trees have been planted around Hagen and the fruits have been sold on the markets.Between forest and field you cycle in an arc to the south of Hagen. There it goes past the pond of the receiving water and along small streams. Halfway through the tour you will reach the Kasselmann trout farm - in the adjacent restaurant you can enjoy freshly caught fish. Again and again along the way, resting places under cherry trees invite you to stop and enjoy. In a steady up and down, you then drive back to Hagen, your starting point.

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    Difficult
    03:28
    33.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The route is only partly based on the eponymous river Düte - partly you cycle in the valley, in other places on the slopes of the Teutoburg Forest, where interesting perspectives open up.The starting point of the round is in the center of Osnabrück, alternatively you can also start cycling at the nearby train station. Along the hare you leave the city of peace and at Gut Sandfort you encounter the most wonderful nature. After the estate, the path begins to climb and you will soon be enjoying excellent views of Osnabrück. Then you continue to Oesede Monastery, which owes its name to the former Benedictine monastery.After an exploration tour through the beautiful monastery garden, you cycle over mountains and valleys on the edge of Georgsmarienhütte along to Holzhausen. The path leads you directly past the impressive Haus Ohrbeck. The Augustaschacht memorial, which commemorates the crimes during the Nazi era, is only a few minutes' drive away. A place to pause and reflect.Then the route runs through Hasbergen and over the Düte back to Osnabrück. In the old town, narrow streets, buildings from different eras and cozy restaurants await you at the end.

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    Intermediate
    02:56
    31.6 mi
    10.8 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Artful half-timbered houses, ancient trees and wide fields in between - the courtyards in Artland seem to have sprung from a picture book. Almost all of them are worth a closer look, because the framework is usually lavishly carved and painted like the typical Artland dragon.The farm tour begins in the picturesque town of Gehrde, where the color red dominates. House facades, streets and even the material between the trusses is made of red brick. From Gehrde you cycle through a varied cultural landscape. A particularly well-preserved half-timbered farm is Hof Fuchs with the Bioland beekeeping honey-sweet. A quick stop and a tasting of the sweet gold are highly recommended.Then it goes a little along the hare until you turn to Badbergen. After you have crossed the tracks of the regional train, you can take a break at Hof Elting-Bußmeyer, a typical example of the Artländer half-timbered splendor. In the charming garden of the café, the cake tastes twice as good. The Artländer Eselhof is not far away.Strengthened, we continue south to Bersenbrück. The facility of the former Cistercian monastery including the monastery mill on the Hase is the next highlight along the route. In 1786 the monastery was dissolved and the mill was handed over to private hands. Finally, you drive back to Gehrde on curved paths.

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    Intermediate
    02:36
    27.7 mi
    10.6 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As the name suggests, the mill and castles tour takes you to the most beautiful water mills and stately castles in Artland. Go on a journey through time and gain insights into an ancient craft.It starts in the center of Ankum. You cycle south past Ankumer See and follow the course of the tour through a field and forest landscape. Before Döthen you can take a detour to the Näpfchenstein, which is surrounded by a legendary story. Then you get to Eggermühlen with its lovely castle, which is surrounded by a moat.After a short stop, the path leads you past magnificent half-timbered courtyards - the Artland is known for its well-preserved and richly decorated half-timbered houses. And the next highlight is not long in coming: The moated castle Loxten is surrounded by a wide park, not far from the estate there is also a mill worth seeing.You get to Bersenbrück via Druchhorn. There you can visit the former Cistercian monastery that operated two mills - the rabbit mill and the field mill. Then you cycle towards Ahausen and from there towards the south past the Lordsee. Then it goes back to Ankum, where you can finally visit the Artländer Cathedral.

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    Intermediate
    03:42
    36.8 mi
    10.0 mph
    925 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Miles & Moor Tour you cycle through all three member communities of the Fürstenau community: the city of Fürstenau, as well as the communities of Bippen and Berge. On the way you will get some insights into the diversity of the integrated community. Highlights include the two nature reserves Hahnenmoor and Hahlener Moor.The tour starts at Fürstenau Castle, the former state castle of the Prince Diocese of Osnabrück. Whether you visit the impressive facility at the beginning or after your tour is entirely up to you. You leave the city to the northwest and follow the Rumkebach. Over a hill it goes to Bippen and from there on to Berge.Then you will reach the wide wetlands of the Hahlener Moors, which you can explore on foot on the moor nature trail. Then the path leads you to Börstel Monastery, a former Cistercian convent. There you dive into the Börsteler Wald and drive there relaxed on shady forest paths. In the further course the area becomes a bit hilly.The perfect place for a coffee break is the cozy Café Nyenhuis with a nice terrace for relaxing. Strengthened, you will reach Bippen again and follow the route through a varied cultural landscape. Past the Fursten Forest outdoor park, you cycle back to the starting point in Fürstenau. A final stroll through the old town is worthwhile.

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    Intermediate
    02:25
    23.2 mi
    9.6 mph
    875 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this circular route you cycle through all four districts of the municipality of Wallenhorst, which are connected by a varied landscape and many highlights.The tour starts at the Piesberg quarry, more precisely at the newly renovated ruins of the Stüveschacht. After the shaft was closed in 1889, this is the last building that remained of the formerly flourishing complex. From there it goes through the south of Lechtingen into the idyllic Nettetal. Enjoy the dense green of nature and freshly caught fish in the Forellenhof Nettetal. The historic Knollmeiers Mühle is also worth a stop.Accompanied by the Nette, you cycle to Rulle. About 16 kilometers later you can take a detour to the very well-preserved Lechtinger windmill. The tour leads you in an arc past Wallenhorst into the shady Penter Forest. A particularly beautiful section then runs along the Osnabrück branch canal. On well-developed paths you cycle relaxed along the water and can watch ships. South of the Hollager Mountains, it goes back towards Wallenhorst and on to the starting point on Piesberg.

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    Intermediate
    03:44
    34.9 mi
    9.3 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The 56-kilometer round tour through the municipality of Neuenkirchen impresses with numerous attractions such as the St. Laurentius church or the juniper grove in Plaggenschale.The starting point is in Voltlage, where there is a monument to Bernard Overberg, the “teacher of teachers”. From there it goes through an extensive landscape of fields and meadows, which is peppered with attractive manors. After 15 kilometers you will reach Neuenkirchen - a look into the ornate St. Laurentius Church is worthwhile.From Neuenkirchen you cycle further north and suddenly you are in Egypt, a district of Neuenkirchen - according to legend, it was once a resting place for predatory vagabonds who were popularly called Egyptians. There you can visit the Wiemelsberg large stone grave, the best preserved of its kind in the Osnabrück region.After a short stop you drive on to Merzen and step up the Schillerberg. On the descent on the other side you will pass several sand pits and in Plaggenschale you have the opportunity to explore the juniper grove on the barefoot path. You then drive back to Voltlage through smaller towns and past fields.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    342 mi
  • Duration
    34:32 h
  • Elevation
    9,725 ft

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