Flamingos, castles and wild horses
Münsterland is a bicyclist's dream. As you ride through beautiful villages, pastures, and meadows, you will have the chance to see castles, palaces and former courts. The routes are mostly flat, well-paved bike trails- they so called "Pättkes" that are typical of Münsterland. Plenty of signs make finding your way easy, and allow you to concentrate on the scenery rather than not getting lost. This also means you can safely pick your own route from one stop to the next.
1. day Münster arrival
The marketplace, the beautiful gabled houses, the old city hall and the former bishop's palace will give you plenty to see while in the city. There is parking at the hotel, and arrival by train is also a possibility.
2. day Münster - Schöppingen 51 km
Imagine you've just hopped on the bike and are already at the first of many sights: the beautiful Hülshoff palace, surrounded by a moat, and containing the "Droste Museum."Visit Havixbeck, the sandstone museum, climb the Longinus Tower, the highest elevation in the Münsterland and enjoy a fantastic view. Look forward to the Cathedral of Billerbeck, the water castle Darfeld and the flower-covered pilgrimage church Eggerode (2nd place "Unser Dorf soll schöner werden").
3. day Schöppingen - Zwillbrock 57 km
On small bike paths you cycle to Legden with its beautiful gardens. Enjoy the beautiful flowers and in the old town center the house of Hülst (built 1677). Then you cycle comfortably and past lonely farms to Ahaus. Visit the magnificent Baroque moated castle, a former hunting lodge of the Prince-Bishops of Münster. Today, the castle houses the Technical Academy Ahaus and in the gatehouse is the worth seeing school museum. After a rewarding break, you will cycle to the colorful, interesting town of Vreden with its multitude of art objects. The nature reserve Zwillbrocker Venn on the Dutch border is quickly reached. Cycle in and marvel at black-headed gulls and flamingos!
4. day Zwillbrock - Bocholt 49 km
So, you thought it couldn't get any better? Well, it can! Holland is perfect for bicyclists: In Holland you cycle through narrow alleys, on beautiful bike paths and on small rural roads to Winterswijk (Wednesday market day) and then to the "Antique City" Bredevoort. In the afternoon you leave the Netherlands and cycle to the lovely city of Bocholt. Bocholt has been chosen the most bike friendly city in 2019 for the 6th time.
5. day Bocholt - Coesfeld 63 km
Past the interesting textile museum in Bocholt you will cycle idyllically along the small river Aa. The well signposted Aa Cycle Path is part of the 460 km long route "Flusslandschaften". Look forward to the leisure facility PröbstingSee, to the water castle Gemen in Borken and in the evening to the adventure brewery Stephanus in Coesfeld.
6. day Coesfeld - Lüdinghausen 52 km
Today you'll pass through Nottuln, a scenic town with a barock center. After a few kilometers of rolling hills, you'll be back on the flatland, following the bikepath via Senden and castle Kakesbeck to Lüdinghausen. While you're here, don't miss the medieval fortification of Vischering castle, with its drawbridge and museum of Münsterland's history.
7. day Lüdinghausen - Münster 55 km
And now for the Pièce de résistance: the palace at Nordkirchen, known as the "Versailles of Westphalia." Not stopping here is hardly an option, as the interior decoration of the palace is masterful! For the rest of the day you will continue along the road of 100 palaces, passing the Romberg and Byink houses, and the Davensberg castle on your way to your final stop in Münster.
8. day Münster departure
All good things do, sadly, come to an end. After breakfast at the hotel, your tour is at an end.
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.
18.04. – 26.04.2020
26.09. – 11.10.2020
02.05. – 20.09.2020
bookable additional nights
Prices are per person.
17.04. – 25.04.2021
02.10. – 17.10.2021
01.05. – 26.09.2021
bookable additional nights
- Special dates possible from at least 6 persons
- GPS rental unit with all tour tracks for a deposit of 50,– €. You will receive the device with instructions on-site.
- 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 Münsterland Round trip
In the following you will find some useful information about the Münsterland Round trip. Should you require any further information please call us: 0049-(0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
Münster is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. All our partner hotels are located within easy access to the station. Either you walk (about 10 minutes) or you take a taxi from the station. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
The hotel provides a limited number of on-site parking places (garage). The parking spot can not be pre-booked. The cost of the garage is 16.00 EUR/night/car. In our alternative hotel you find free parking spots in the category B. This hotel is located just outside Münster. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of cycle paths
The Münsterland is crisscrossed by well-maintained bicycle paths and small roads that are suitable for cyclingl. 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 your hotel.
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. Should you require an e-bike we provide an Unisex-E-Bike from Velo de Ville.
You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Apply/rent a GPS device as a navigational aid
On request, we will provide you with a GPS device for the entire duration of your trip. All day trips are stored on the device. Instead of reading the map and written directions, “simply” follow the route shown on the preset device.
For this trip we provide a GPS device from Garmin. You will find a short video about how to use the device here.
You will receive the device, together with a short briefing, at the reception desk of your initial hotel. A security deposit of 50,– € is required for the device.
Extra costs which are not included in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the travel price and therefore has to be paid in the hotel locally.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
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.
St. Lamberti Kirche, Münster
Lamberti Church is the central market and parish churhc of the town and at the same time on of the most important sacred buildings built in Westphalian late Gothik style. In 1941, bishop von Galen preached against the Nazi regime in the church. On of the very few tower-keepers in Europe serves his duty on the tower. Of specific significance are the interior design and both of the organs.
Historisches Rathaus, 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 Ahaus is a former residence of the prince-bishop of Münster in Ahaus. The castle was built at the beginning of the 11th century. During the centuries the owners and design of the castle changed several times until a big part of the castle was destroyed in the 7-year-war. Johann Conrad Schlaun added the huge stairs at the garden front in 1765 to 1767.
The most northern flamenco colony of Europe, pintoresque villages and lively towns, nature reserves with enormous swamps, moorland and marsh area - discover the nature and culture of the region between the German and Netherland frontier between Enschede (NL) and Vreden (D). Over 3000 km of bike paths and 30 km of trekking paths with look-outs lead you through a very interesting landscape. You will find more than 100 information boards inform you about the history, nature and culture.
There are many opportunities to embark on a journey through the almost 800-year history of Bocholt. It is clearly reflected in the Bocholt museums and sights. Be it the textile museum of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe with its still functioning looms, the city museum, in which everything that was important for the city since the first mention of Bocholt in 779, was collected, or the craft museum, the 34 craft professions in seven detailing faithfully designed buildings alive.
With two locations to the left and right of the Aa River, TextilWerk Bocholt is a unique historical ensemble of textile production. Over 20,000 spindles once turned in the spinning Herding in Bocholt. On three floors, the history and the present of the textile come to life here again. Exhibitions give insights into historical and modern technology, show fashion design and international textile art. Function rooms and a glass roof café provide space for a variety of events. In the immediate vicinity lies the weaving mill. Here it smells of oil and work, and the looms rattle so loudly that you involuntarily close your ears. What you experience today during a visit was everyday life for thousands of men and women 100 years ago. We show you how the tact of the machines dictated their work. Under the shed roofs of the large weaving shed, transmission belts and long drive shafts set more than 30 historical machines in motion. Every day our employees produce fabrics for towels and tablecloths from our historical collection. Away from the noisy factory, you will get to know the austere everyday life of families in a fully furnished workers' house with a cultivated garden.
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.
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.
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.