With charm to the beautiful palaces
Look forward to the Münsterland, to many castles and manors and to specially selected hotels. Whether romantic secluded location or top city center location, you stay in stylishly decorated hotels with a special flair. In Münster at Lake Aa in a 4-star Mövenpick Hotel, in Billerbeck at the 4-star Hotel Domschenke and in Lüdinghausen in the unusual City Hotel No11. Along the route there are with castle Vischering and castle Nordkirchen two of the most famous water palaces of Münsterland. Discover many other imposing typical estates and mansions of the famous 100 palaces. Look forward to more amenities: due to two double nights in the beautiful places Billerbeck and Lüdinghausen you do not have to pack all bags everyday and so you can enjoy your stay twice. Just let yourself be carried along - that is this round trip, with its manageable daily stages in the heart of Münster region. You cycle without haste and have plenty of time for short and long tours and refreshments stops along the way.
1. day Münster arrival
Come early to Munster, it is worth it. Indulge yourself in the 4-star Hotel Mövenpick, use the exclusive sauna and fitness area above the roofs of Münster and enjoy the evening, the hotel restaurant and the gourmet Restaurant Chesa Rössli with fine cuisine at the highest level. Münster, a worthwhile starting point and destination of this tour lures with old gabled houses, art museums, the cathedral, the Peace Hall, the principal market, Lake Aa, the castle and many traditional student pubs.
2. day Münster – Billerbeck 35 km
Walk around the old town of Münster on the famous promenade, past the castle before you cycle out of the city in the green Münsterland parkland. Take a worthwhile break on "Rüschhaus House" with the Droste-Hulshoff Museum and castle Hülshoff with extensive park system. Visit Havixbeck the interesting sandstone museum and make a stop in one of the lovely cafes and beer gardens along the way. The highest peak in the whole Münsterland is the Longinusturm, with its fantastic panoramic view - a real highlight at this stage. Look forward to Billerbeck that is picturesquely nestled in the gentle "hills" of the Baumberge and boasting medieval streets. Stay overnight at the 4-star Hotel Domschenke in the city center. Enjoy the furnished rooms with attention to detail and the fine cuisine of the house. Creative and relaxed the chef of the house Frank Groll prepares culinary delights. Praise and recommendation the kitchen gets among other things in: Michelin "stars", Restaurant Guide "toques", Schlemmer Atlas "spoon", Varta "Starship" and "Feinschmecker".
3. day Billerbeck round trip 46 km
Through lovely parkland of Westmünsterland you will cycle to the enchanting castle Darfeld and the chateau Varlar, which are both inhabited private. Sparse forests accompany you to the beautiful city of Coesfeld. Visit the worth seeing Lamberti church on the central square in the old core and take a break in the quaint local pub brewery Stephanus. In the afternoon you reach the foothills of the Baumerge, you pass lonely lying farms and finally you cycle along the Berkel back to Billerbeck.
4. day Billerbeck – Lüdinghausen 45 km
There is much to see on this day! Visit Equip the picturesque place Nottuln with its historic Baroque center, whose Stiftsplatz is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Münster region. Visit the oldest blue printing plant in Westphalia and watch the production of blankets and curtains. Then you continue the famous "Castle Route" and cycle through open fields and meadows to the castle Senden, passing castle Kakesbeck to Lüdinghausen with its medieval fortress 'Burg Vischering'. This belongs with its drawbridge, the castle and the worth seeing Münsterland Museum to the best preserved and most beautiful castles in Germany! Not only the associated Castle Cafe invites for an enjoyable stay, but also the remarkable facilities. In the heart of the old town of Lüdinghausen, in the pedestrian zone, the charming city Hotel No. 11. is located. All stores, the marketplace, restaurants and cafes as well as castle Vischering are just a few minutes away. The house was built with historical materials in 2013 and adapts to the historic old town to excellent. More than two years the owners have been traveling in France, Belgium, Holland, England and Switzerland in order to look at antique markets for matching furniture and utensils for the small hotel. Thus the the reception and the entrance area with its Burgundian stone tiles reminds of an old French country house. Come in, the nice hotel hides a lot of little surprises.
5. day Lüdinghausen round trip 45 km
Get excited for an other highlight of your trip. After a few kilometers you will reach castle Nordkirchen that has the promising epithet "the Westphalian Versailles". Not only the precious interior with ornate plaster ceilings, the precious paintings, the tall columns, the black marble fireplaces are worth seeing, but also the extensive park with its beautiful gardens and the Orangery. Also the pheasant and the Oranienburg want to be discovered. Then you cycle to Selm, where the beach on Ternscher See lures with excellent water quality for swimming and sun terrace to linger. After refreshing you bike in the afternoon on the "Castle Route" route back to Lüdinghausen.
6. day Lüdinghausen – Münster 40 km
This morning, following the famous "Pättkes" through the typical parkland up to the small town Ottmarsbocholt, that proudly presents its historic grain windmill. On the "Castle Route" you cycle to the Dortmund-Ems Canal, that is the largest stretch of water through the Munsterland and leads you now to Münster. Enjoy the last few kilometers of the trip through the "Old Port" of the city, which in recent years become the most popular meeting places for students due to a multitude of restaurants. Let you cycling day pass while enjoying the exclusive wellness and spa area, relax in the Finnish or bio sauna and enjoy the stunning views from the relaxation room to the old town or from the roof terrace into the green.
7. day Münster Departure
With many memories and impressions the bike tours through the heart of the Münsterland ends after breakfast at the hotel.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels
Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels
For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.
Prices are per person.
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
- 25% reduction for children under 14 years of age in a room with two people paying the full price
- 15% reduction for children under 14 years of age in their own room
Worth knowing about the Munsterland tour
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
Münster is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the trainstation to get to you hotel. Current schedule information and price information can be found at www.bahn.de
Parking at the hotel
You will find parking spaces at the hotel in Münster (15 euros per day). As an alternative you may leave your car near the hotel on a public free parking.
You will receive detailed information on parking possibilities at the hotel together with the travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of bike paths
The Münsterland is crisscrossed by well-maintained bicycle paths and small roads that are suitable for cycling. Also, forest paths, hiking trails and roads are built into the cycle network and offer a great variety in the saddle. You cycle along the typical "Pättkes" , mostly on flat paved roads and sometimes on forest and hiking trails. The right trail through Münsterlands parks you will find for sure because it is the first region in Europe that consistently signposted its cycling network with over 4,500-km of bike trails. There are more than 3,000 direction signs and 15,000 small signs on the route guiding you on your way.
Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a velocipede-rental bike for the tour, we will provide it at our partner "Radstation Münster" at the train station. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
GPS device as a navigation assistant
You may borrow a GPS system for your trip (50 euros deposit). All the six files you will need are saved on the device. The GPS device can replace the maps and route descriptions. The device is prepared for you so that you don't need to do nearly anything, "just" follow the route shown in the display. We will provide a description and the device at the reception of one of our partner hotels in Münster.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty suprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help as fast as possible.
Castle of Münster
The former residence of the prince-bishop with its rich figural ornamentation of the facades was constructed from 1767 to 1787 as a three-winged complex by Johann Conrad Schaun. After the war, the exterior aspect was reconstructed true to the original.
Today, the palace is used by the university administration. On the Schlossplatz in front of the palace, the great annual funfair - the Send -takes place thrice a year, attracting thousands of visitors. Right at the Schlossplatz, there is also the central lecture hall building of the university, which is frequently used for conventions and even concerts.
Historical Town Hall, Münster
With its high gable, Münster’s Town Hall, a gothic building from the mid-14th century, is second to none in Germany. The characteristic arch house was reconstructed true to the original in the 1950s.
In April 2015, the European Heritage Label has been awarded to the Town Halls of Münster and Osnabrück as the ‚Sites of the Peace of Westphalia‘ by the European Commission.
Wasserburg Hülshoff, Droste-Museum
Castle Hülshoff is a typical water castle in the Münsterland. It is located between Havixbeck and Roxel and belongs to the town of Havixbeck since 1975. The family of Droste zu Hülshoff is the owner of the castle since 1417 and the house where the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff was born.
The castle of Darfeld has been built from 1612 to 1616 by the builder and sculptor Gerhard Gröninger who brought the venecian style to Northern Germany with the arcades. The house was destroyed by a fire in 1899 and it wasn't rebuilt until 1904 according plans from Hermann Staedtler.
The castle of Varlar is located south of die village of Osterwick on your way to Coesfeld. The documented history of this building goes back to the 11th century. In those times a woman called Reimod wanted to build a parish, but this plans were never realized. About 100 years later the dukes of Cappenberg buyed the castle.
St. Lamberti Kirche, Coesfeld
The Lamberti Church with the baroque tower in Coesfeld is located at the market place. It has been build from 1686 to 1703.
The church has formerly been a romanic church, later it has been changed to a gothic church.
Burg Vischering, Lüdinghausen
The castle Vischering in Lüdinghausen in the Münsterland is a water castle preserved in essential parts. In spite of various rebuildings of the castle to make it more comfortable for the residents it is still a very typical castle which shows the former character of a well-fortified castle.
Seppenrade is a village which since 1975 belongs to Lüdinghausen. The village is famous because the biggest ammonite was found here which today can be seen in Münster. Since 1972 Seppenrade is the third "village of roses" in Germany.
The garden of roses has been found in the 1970s on the areal of a former garbage dump. Today it is an areal of 18.753 m² and shows more than 700 types of roses with more than 30.000 plants. Volenteers care about the garden.
The castle of Nordkirchen is called the "Westfälischer Versailles" because of its size and the design of the garden. It is the biggest water castle of Westfalia.
The palace premises are used for the state's Finance Academy, for cultural events and for adult education.
Most important is the training of officials for the tax offices. The academy needs lecture and seminar rooms, student and staff residences, a restaurant and a gymnasium. Administration offices and supply facilities are located in adjacent buildings.
The historical palace rooms are used for concerts and other cultural events and seminars. The Jupiter ball room and the main room of the Oranienburg (the pleasure palace) can be rented for formal dinners. Today there is a gourmet restaurant in the basement of the palace - where the kitchen was formerly located.
The chapel is used for weddings. The municipality of Nordkirchen uses one of the corner towers for civil weddings. The tourist office of the municipality is located in the south-east tower.
The orangery is privately owned. High-quality garden furniture can be viewed and bought there.
The gardens and park are the ideal background for open-air concerts and films. In the autumn of 2008 a film on the Krupp family was made there and broadcast in the spring of 2009.