In between fruit trees and hayfields
This round trip starts and ends in Osnabrück, the city of peace. Osnabrück is the third largest city in Lower Saxony and the only German city which is situated in a national park – the ‘UNESCO Geo park TERRA.vita’, which includes the Teutoburg Forest and the ‘Wiehengebirge’. 285 km of bicycle paths promises an unforgettable bike tour through Emsland’s nature, with nice hotels and good restaurants or traditional inns.
Enjoy picturesque riverscapes along well-signposted bike paths and experience a unique peculiarity: As Germany’s first holiday region the Hase Valley invites you to help yourself to the apples growing on trees that abundantly line the region’s bike paths. This idea, both sustainable and hospitable, has won the German tourism award “Deutscher Tourismuspreis 2014”.
After your strolls with this original journey, you will be able to choose from five different pillows. This makes it perfect for the dream of the next robbery at the edge of the road.
1. day Osnabrück arrival
Today you should arrive early! The city centre of Osnabrück attracts with lordly patrician houses, a castle, the cathedral's treasure and many romantic half-timbered houses. Good train connections to Osnabrück with German Railways.
2. day Osnabrück - Bersenbrück 55 km
Now it's time to get on the bike! You receive a comprehensive packed lunch for refreshment in the countryside it usually tastes best! The blue-shimmering Hase, your faithful attender, meanders through the Hase lowlands nature preserve with rare bird and plant species. In Bramsche we recommend you to visit the clothier museum, in which the cloth production around the change of the century is demonstrated with running machines. You can buy this manufactured goods at the Museum shop.
3. day Bersenbrück - Löningen 55 km
You roll through a parklike landscape to Quakenbrück. Essen impresses with its still well-preserved former village structure. In Löningen you comfortably end your day, but you should still visit Germany's biggest pillarless hall church.
4. day Löningen - Meppen 45 km
Today you meander along the Hase through wide grasslands, imbedded in silent pine and fir forests. The ethic moor landscape of the Hahnenmoor nature preserve and Haselünne, the oldest town in the Emsland are among today's discoveries. You will find the biggest cohesive juniper population of Germany, some corn distilleries and the distillery museum which is absolutely worth seeing. Follow the idyllic course of the river to Meppen.
5. day Meppen - Lingen 40 km
Now you cycle along the Ems to the moor museum with an impressive nature trail in the 20 ha large high moor with typical flora. Lingen finally awaits you with many historical buildings in the pedestrians zone of the city centre.
6. day Lingen - Hörstel 55 km
Between Dortmund-Ems channel and Ems you cycle into the direction of Emsbüren, where the open air museum offers an insight into the work- and living culture of the region. You cycle through wide grasslands and small forests, still have enough time to visit monastery Bentlage and the Rheiner Saline.
7. day Hörstel - Osnabrück 40 km
Your will cycle back to Osnabrück through the Tecklenburger Land with its famous alpine slide (120 meter).
8. day Osnabrück Abreise
After the breakfast your round trip ends at Hase and Ems. From Osnabrück there are good rail connections in all directions.
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.
Prices are per person.
10.04. – 07.05.2020
28.09. – 31.10.2020
08.05. – 27.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- lunch packages (daily)
- gps tracks available on request
- 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
Worth knowing about the tour Hase-Ems
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
Osnabrück is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Possibility of using a secure parking area with limited space. Public parking garage available. Both are booked directly with the hotel, each of approximately 6 EUR, - per day. Reservation is not possible. The cost for the parking garage - without booking through the hotel - is 10 EUR - per day.
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle mostly on bike paths with overwhelming good surface and only short sections on hiking path and field paths. As far as possible you cycle away from roads with heavy traffic. Field, forest and farm tracks.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between unisex bike with 7-speed hub gear and coaster brake as well as electric bikes with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake. The touring bikes have a gel saddle and are sprung at the front. Men's bikes available on request. On request and availability, the rental bikes can be equipped with a pannier, repair kit and map holder. You simply give your bike request when booking.
You have the option to choose between five different pillows (neck support pillows, neck roller, 80/80 pillows, 40/80 pillows or 40/40 pillows) your personal favorite. All cushions are allergy friendly and satisfy the highest quality requirements.
Fine weather guarantee
With continuous rain you and your bike will be taken to the next destination for free!
Coasts which are not included in the travel price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the Hotel.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anythig to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
The Baroque-style castle in Osnabrück dates from the second half of the 17th century. It was the residence of the Protestant prince-bishop Ernst August I of Brunswick-Luneburg and his wife Sophie of the Palatinate.
Town Hall Osnabrück
The Osnabrück city hall is the landmark of the city. It was finished in late Gothic style in 1512 after a 25-year period of construction. In this town hall the Westphalian Peace was negotiated in 1648, next to the Town Hall of Münster.
Marcet square Osnabrück
The historic market square is surrounded by the town hall, St. Mary's Church and colorful
town houses of Osnabrück. Here are celebrated events such as hobby horse riding and the Christmas market.
Medieval fortification Osnabrück
The complex consisted of wall ring around Old and New Town, five city gates and several small gates. Parts of the city wall and the Bucksturm can still be visited today. The Bucksturm got special historical significance in the Middle Ages as a prison and as a torture chamber during the witch hunt in the 16th and 17th century.
Cloth making museum Bramsche
The first mill mentioned in the year of the founding of the abbey of Bersenbrück was the predecessor of our field mill. The mills building is from the Meyerhof to Ahausen. Abbess of Moltke had the building renovated in 1729.
St. Vitus church Löningen
The St. Vitus Church is a spacious Classicist hall with over 1200 seats. Built during 1809 - 1813, the church is famous as the largest pillarless hall church in Germany.
The 200ha large recreation area Haselünne includes a large lake and a forest with game reserve. In 1346 the first Burgmannshöfe were mentioned in a document. The Westerholtsche Burgmannhof was preserved in a barely changed form. The 36ha Wacholderhain nature reserve has been used as a pasture since the Middle Ages to preserve the juniper. A picturesque museum village is hidden behind the gates of the open-air and local museum.
The fortified town of Meppen is only about 20km from the Dutch border. The historic ramparts around the old town invites you to take a walking tour. The open-air stage Meppen offers a unique theater experience in summer. The coupling lock can today be visited in its original condition. The technical masterpiece was built to grant the ride in the hare.
The town house of Lingen was built in 1733 in Dutch style with a bell gable. The old Posthalterei on the market is one of the historic Lingen houses. The great two-storey half-timbered house with hipped roof stands out from the row of gable houses at the market.
Red and yellow Villa Rheine
The two Villas were built in 1886 by the textile manufacturers Hermann and Karl Kümpers. Architects were Bernhard Tüshaus and Leo von Abbema from Duesseldorf, who designed the Red Villa in the style of German-Dutch Renaissance architecuter and the yellow one in an italian garden villa of the high renaissance.
Historic market place Rheine
The market square reflects the character of a medieval city almost undisturbed. Surrounded by magnificent town houses, the market square in the shadow of St. Dionysius with its cafés is a popular meeting place.
Founded in 1437, the former Kreuzherrenkloster is located in the middle of Bentlage recreational area in close proximity to NaturZoo and the Saline Gottesgabe in a largely intact, historicaly grown cultural landscape, on the left bank of the river Ems. The monastery complex, which was secularized in 1803 and has been in the municipal office since 1978, now presents itself as an artistic and cultural monument of the first rank, whose fascinating modernization over 500 years of history is brought to life.