With 4500 kilometres of bike paths, the Münsterland boasts one of Germany“s most extensive networks of bike paths – with its flat landscape and “Pättkes”, former smuggler’s routes and agricultural roads that today make the perfect bike paths for pleasure-seeking cycling enthusiasts. In addition to sights outside of Münster, the city itself offers a wealth of cultural attractions that can be explored by bike. Discover the charm of the Prinzipalmarkt with its gabled buildings and enjoy a cup of coffee right on the Domplatz. With this star tour, you can choose from six different bike trips around Münster and a tour of Münster city. The tours give you the perfect opportunity to discover the palaces, castles and manors of Münster. The sixth tour will take you through Münster‘s most beautiful district to various sculpture projects.
The minimum travel time is 3 days / 2 nights. We recommend extending your travel time so you can discover all the interesting places in and around Münster.
Day 1 - Make your own way to Münster
Arrival in Münster and check-in in the hotel. Time for a first visit of the old town.
Tour 1: Haus Langen – Telgte (Cycling 47 km / 27 miles)
This tour initially leads to the Dortmund-Ems Canal and through Boniburgerwald. This pleasant stretch along the Werse takes you into the suburb of Handorf, also known as the ‚Dorf der großen Kaffeekannen’ (“village of the large coffee pots”) as it has always been an attractive destination for the inhabitants of Münster. Shortly after crossing the Ems, you come across Haus Langen and the adjacent natural protection area. You can take in nature with a range of viewing towers, platforms and benches. Cycling through this green landscape, you will arrive in the small pilgrimage town of Telgte with its small half-timbered houses, a beautiful market square, and the Baroque pilgrimage chapel. The route back to Münster lead through the Emsauerpark and the Delsener Heide to the farming community of Kasewinkel. It is worth taking a break at the historical country inn Pleistermühle with its beer garden before you return to the city of Münster along the tree-lined shores of the Werse.
Tour 2: Schloss Senden – Senden (Cycling 49 km / 30 miles)
This tour takes you along the Aasee via Mecklenbeck and Albachten to Schloss Senden. The route back is along the Dortmund-Ems-Kanals, past the enchanted Venner Moor and the Hitruper See. From the Aasee you reach the suburb of Mecklenbeck. You then go past Haus Ruhr, a seat of nobility from the 18th Century, built by Johann Conrad Schlaun. You then pass through woods and meadows to the Stever, which takes you to the castle with its lovely café. Alternatively you can stop off at Hof Grothues-Potthoff, which offers regional dishes and a wide selection of cakes. Once replenished, continue back to Münster. Just past Senden you meet the Dortmund-Ems canal and cycle past Hiltruper See and the harbour back to Münster.
Tour 3: Baumberge / Longinusturm – Havixbeck (Cycling 48 km / 30 miles)
This tour takes you to the Longinusturm, constructed on the highest point in Münsterland (188 m) in the Baumberge hills. During the journey you come across Burg Hülshoff with its lovely parkland and café, as well as Vögeding. Th e Longinusturm provides a spectacular view over Münsterland. Th e tower was constructed at the start of the 20th Century and is of the typical lime sandstone of the Baumberg hills. Th e return route, mostly downhill, takes you through the beautiful parkland back to the city.
Tour 4: Burg Hülshoff (Cycling 27 km / 17 miles)
This cycling excursion leads to one of the most wellknown castles in Münsterland, Burg Hülshoff . Before this, you will come across Schloss Münster. Schloss Münster is by far the largest property in Münster and since 1954 has housed the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität. Behind the castle are the Botanical Gardens in the park. Continue out of Münster past Haus Rüschhaus to Burg Hülshoff , the birthplace and childhood home of Annette von Droste- Hülshoff . The return route is through Roxel to the Aasee lake and along Aaseeterrasse back to the hotel.
Tour 5: Burg Schöneflieth – Greven (Cycling 44 km / 28 miles or 60 km / 37 miles)
Going through Rieselfelder (nature and bird park) takes you to Greven and the ruins of Burg Schönefl ieth.
You first go around the city of Münster on the promenade to the Buddenturm, the last remaining part of the old city wall. The rough the historic Kreuzviertel you go over the Aa to Rieselfelder, a European bird protection area. It provides endangered species of birds with refuge, and is a
popular destination for the inhabitants of Münster. Just before Greven you come across the ruins of Burg Schönefl ieth. You can then decide whether to visit the Sachsenhof open-air museum or go back to Münster. On the way back, keep following the canal to the Münster locks and then through the Erphoviertel back to the hotel.
Tour 6: Münster – Sculpture Projects (Cycling 18 km / 12 miles)
On this route you will experience art in the open. The ‘Skulptur Projekte’ art exhibition takes place in Münster every 10 years. Some of the sculptures then become a fixed part of the urban landscape. Along with the ‘Skulp-tur Projekte’, there are other installations that you can visit today on your tour. You start off cycling towards Aasee, a large artificial lake in the centre of Münster with lovely lakeside paths. Here you will find the ‘Giant Pool Balls’ by Claes Oldenburg, perhaps the most well-known work of the Skulptur Projekte. Past the Wilhelms-Univer-sität you continue to the promenade, a car-free boulevard laid along the city’s old ring of fortifications and which takes you along a shady path once round the city centre. It is worth visiting the Friedensaal in the Town Hall, the St. Pauls Dom with the world clock or one of the many museums.
Tour 7: Hohe Ward – Hiltruper See (Cycling 31 km / 20 miles)
This tour leads you along the Dortmund-Ems Canal to the forest area of Hohe Ward and all the way to Hiltruper See. Th e Hohe Ward serves as a local recreation area. Shady paths lead through the nature reserve of Wolbecker Tiergarten all the way to the stunningly beautiful Werserradweg (cycling trail). Th e way back passes the Drostenhof, a manor house dating back to the 16th century. On the way back, you will follow the picturesquely woven river Werse leading to the gates of Münster. After a short detour Lütkenbeck, it is back to the hotel.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.
The route is predominately flat to slightly hilly and is over mostly tarmac cycle paths, paved tracks through fields and woods, with only a few sections over dirt roads.
Arrival and parking
Arrival by car: Parking available at the hotel. (secure parking for 15 € per night). There is additional parking 1.3 km away for 6 € per night.
Arrival by train: to Munster / Westfalen Main Station. The hotel is about 150 metres from the station.
Arrival by plane: via FMO (Flughafen Münster-Osnabrück), shuttle bus from the airport to the city centre 7.50 €, taxi from 56 €.
Hotel Kaiserhof 4****
The Kaiserhof Hotel is in opposite Münster Main Stati-on, walking distance from all attractions and shopping facilities. The Kaiserhof stands out for its 100 individu-ally designed rooms and its wellness area. You will be staying in a Superior Room. These rooms have a large double bed, safe, digital satellite TV, free WiFi, hair dryer, luggage store, full-body mirror, WC, phone, air conditioning, and a complementary bottle of mineral water. Restaurant in the hotel.
Münster: Atlantic Hotel 4****
The new Atlantic hotel is centrally located in Münster between the railway station and the Promenade. Unique in Münster and throughout the city is the bar on the 6th floor with a fantastic view over the historic city centre. The rooms are equipped with a large double bed, safe, digital satellite TV, free wifi, hairdryer, storage for the suitcase, large mirror, telephone, air conditioning and minibar.
Note: The trip is not suitable for those with restricted mobility.
Details correct as of August 2021. Subject to change.
Travel Dates 2022:
Daily from April 1. – September 30, 2022
Bicycle rental........................................................65 €
Half board - 4 Dinner Meals ...............................150 €
Extra night double room.......................................79 €
Supplement extra night single room......................49 €
Bicycle rental extension day..................................15 €
E-Bike rental extension day...................................30 €
Half board extension day................................. 37,50 €
Minimum number of participants: 2
With extra nights you can extend your tour from 5 days / 4 nights up to 9 days / 8 nights, to explore all the beautiful sights of the region around Munster.
4 Overnight stays in 4****-hotel incl. breakfast
Tour descriptions and map
Tourist information on the places of interest
Tours according to programme
Parking possible at the hotel (extra fee)
Panniers when booking a bicycle rental
We adapt the bike rental to suit your wishes
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Lunch and dinner
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Comfortable unisex touring bikes with 7-speed hub gears and coaster brakes, luggage, stable trapeze frames, front suspension, sprung seat posts, padded saddles, punctureproof tyres, LED front and rear lights powered by hub dynamo, quick-release saddle height, click-fix bracket on the handlebar. Alternatively, electric bikes (8-speed, coater brakes) can be hired.