Cycling Tour around Münster
Castles and Fortresses in the Muensterland
Muenster – Bocholt – Coesfeld – Muenster
- Moated castle in Huelshoff
- Diocesan town Muenster
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Ø km pro Tag
The Westphalian Muensterland is rich in castles and fortresses due to its history, also it is a very flat region, which is equipped with excellent cycle paths. Best conditions for experiencing the cultural wealth, the hearty cuisine and the down-to-earth locals. An excursion beyond the border will give you an insight into our neighbouring country Holland and for children there is also lots to see on this cycle holiday. The Cyle Tour in the Muensterland is also suitable for those not used to cycling.
- Start / Destination
8 days / 7 nights
approx. 335 km
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between 50 and 65 km, Ø 55 km
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Muenster
Be sure not to arrive too late, as the former Westphalian capital has much to offer. It is known as most bicycle-friendly city in Germany and was selected as city most worth living in its category. The Prinzipalmarkt (main marketplace), with its magnificent merchant buildings which have decorated stepped gables, is the centre of the city. You shouldn't miss visiting the dome and the castle and go for a walk along the Aasee.
Day 2: Muenster – Schöppingen, approx. 50 km
Cycle out of Muenster leisurely on quiet paths to reach Havixbeck. You should take a break here: Castle Hülsdorff informs visitors about the castle and the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. The sandstone museum explains the extraction and processing of the Baumberger sandstone and a private broadcasting museum dedicates itself to the history of radio and television. The tour will take you through the place of pilgrimage Eggerode to Schöppingen, where the St. Brictius church is worth seeing.
Day 3: Schöppingen – Zwillbrock, approx. 60 km
The first stage will take you through an attractive park and heath landscape to Ahaus. Here Germany´s first faience manufactory developed, however, it only existed for four years. The Baroque castle of the Prince-Bishops is impressive. You will cycle in the direction of the Dutch border through moors, heath and meadows. You will pass the nature reserve Zwillbrocker Venn, where flamingos are at home. In Zwillbrock church the Baroque interiors have been completely preserved.
Day 4: Zwillbrock – Bocholt, approx. 50 km
Shortly after setting off you cross the barely noticeable border to the Netherlands into the province of Gelderland. On narrow avenues and small farm trails you will be on your way to Winterswijk. In your surroundings you will find several old windmills and farms. The town of Bredevoort has distinctly medieval character and is a paradise for bookworms. By the way: Your final destination for today, the city of Bocholt, has been nominated germany’s bycicle friendliest city fort he sixth time now in 2019!
Day 5: Bocholt – Coesfeld, approx. 65 km
As the name 100-castles-route already suggests, you will be visiting Castle Gemen, the magnificent water castle today. But before that you could take a refreshing break at the Pröbstinger lake. Once you have arrived in Coesfeld you can let the day come to an end over a freshly brewed beer and a hearty dinner in the Themebrewery Stephanus.
Day 6: Coesfeld – Lüdinghausen, approx. 55 km
Let yourself be woken by the church bells from the 15th century, then the cycle journey will take you over the soft ripples of the Baumberge hills, the only elevations in the Münsterland. A few kilometres further on you will reach the Dortmund-Ems Canal, which will accompany you until you reach your destination. In Seppenrade the rose garden, which houses more than 700 kinds of roses, awaits you. In Lüdinghausen a visit to Castle Vischering, which accommodates the Münsterland museum and a knight exhibition for children is worthwhile.
Day 7: Lüdinghausen – Muenster, approx. 55 km
The most impressive castle of the entire journey, Castle Nordkirchen, lies ahead of you today. It was constructed by the prince bishops of Münster, copying the Dutch model and was in the possession of Count Esterhazy for a while. The UNESCO world heritage site is often referred to as Westphalian Versailles. You will cycle back to Muenster on the 100-Castle Route, past many smaller and larger noble residences.
Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast your cycle tour through the Muensterland ends with your individual departure. If you wish we can extend your stay in Muenster.