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Road of 100 Castles - Münsterland Bike Tour

Germany, Netherlands Bike Tours

Bike the hills of Münsterland to the flats of Holland

  • The traditional German word "Pättkes" is used to describe the small paths leading slightly off the beaten track in the Münsterland region that people have been using for decades. On this bike tour in Germany and Holland, you will cycle through beautiful villages, pastures, with views of castles, baroque palaces, former courts and ancient country estates. This sparsely populated area of countryside, dotted with farms surrounded by stately oaks and characterised by flat fields, pastures and meadows, is like a giant park, harmoniously landscaped yet offering incredible variety. The history of this lovely region stretches right back to Roman times with a number of relics from a turbulent past. You will find something to suit every taste, at every age. At the end of the day, you can share your cycling tour highlights over a meal featuring excellent regional specialties and savor the hearty German beer!

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  • 7 Day Tour 

    Season 1Option AOption B
    Twin/double $ 1019 £ 525 $ 923 617 $ 1062 kr 6582 $ 700 $ 915 £ 472 $ 829 554 $ 954 kr 5909 $ 628
    Single room $ 1308 £ 674 $ 1,185 792 $ 1364 kr 8448 $ 898 $ 1182 £ 609 $ 1,071 716 $ 1233 kr 7638 $ 812
    Season 2  
    Twin/double $ 1100 £ 567 $ 996 666 $ 1147 kr 7104 $ 755 $ 976 £ 503 $ 884 591 $ 1018 kr 6304 $ 670
    Single room $ 1389 £ 716 $ 1,258 841 $ 1448 kr 8971 $ 954 $ 1243 £ 641 $ 1,126 753 $ 1297 kr 8032 $ 854

     

    8 Day Tour

    Season 1Option AOption B
    Twin/double $ 1172 £ 604 $ 1,062 710 $ 1222 kr 7574 $ 805 $ 1070 £ 552 $ 969 648 $ 1116 kr 6912 $ 735
    Single room $ 1461 £ 753 $ 1,324 885 $ 1524 kr 9440 $ 1,003 $ 1314 £ 677 $ 1,191 796 $ 1371 kr 8491 $ 903
    Season 2  
    Twin/double $ 1262 £ 650 $ 1,143 764 $ 1315 kr 8150 $ 866 $ 1120 £ 577 $ 1,014 678 $ 1167 kr 7232 $ 769
    Single room $ 1551 £ 799 $ 1,405 939 $ 1617 kr 10016 $ 1,065 $ 1364 £ 703 $ 1,236 826 $ 1422 kr 8811 $ 937

    extra options

    Electric bicycle: $ 182 £ 94 $ 165 110 $ 189 kr 1173 $ 125

    GPS rental with tracks (deposit): $ 83 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 533 $ 57

    Extra nights in Münster (price is per person/night):

    Option A $ 112 £ 58 $ 102 68 $ 117 kr 725 $ 77 Single room: $ 157 £ 81 $ 142 95 $ 164 kr 1013 $ 108 Option B $ 84 £ 43 $ 76 51 $ 88 kr 544 $ 58   Single room: $ 140 £ 72 $ 127 85 $ 146 kr 907 $ 96

    Child discounts are available

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    The most practical international airport to arrive to for your tour start in Münster is Düsseldorf (DUS). Another options is the smaller but closer Münster Osnabrueck International Airport (FMO).

    Local Travel

    Düsseldorf (DUS):
    There are two train stations in the Düsseldorf Airport, both inter city and regional. Train travel is approximately 1 1/2 hours and cost about €20. Taxi to first hotel. Münster Osnabrueck International Airport (FMO) Bus to Münster City Center. Travel time is 45 minutes. Cost is approx. €7.60. Taxi to first hotel.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. Average temperatures for the area in °F are: April, 46°; May, 53°; June:,60°; July, 62°; August, 62°; September, 57°; and October, 50°

    Remarks

    On request, you will be provided with a GPS device from Garmin 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. 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.


Tour Dates

7 day tour:

Every Saturday from April 20 to September 28, 2019

Season 1: April 20 to May 4 and September 21 to September 28, 2019
Season 2: May 11 to September 14, 2019

8 day tour

Every Saturday and Sunday from April 20 to September 29, 2019
Season 1: April 20 to May 5 and September 21 to September 29, 2019
Season 2: May 11 to September 15, 2019

Special departure dates can be arranged for groups of at least 6.

Skill Level

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.

Where You’ll Stay

Option A: Great 3 & 4 star hotels and B&B’s.
Option B: Very nice 2 & 3 star hotels and B&B’s.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations in double room with private bath
  • Breakfast
  • 21 speed bicycle
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route book and map (German language) and tourist information (English)
  • Sign posted route
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Preloaded GPS device or GPS tracks

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Additional nights possible in Münster before or after tour.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–8 days
From554 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Road of 100 Castles - Münsterland Map

7 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Münster
Day 2: Münster - Billerbeck, 20 mi. (33 km)
Day 3: Billerbeck round trip, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Billerbeck - Lüdinghausen, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 5: Lüdinghausen round trip, 54 mi. (44 km)
Day 6: Lüdinghausen - Münster, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 7: Departure from Münster

Day 1: Arrival in Münster
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, with the castle and many traditional student pubs. Come early and take a tour by bike in the city center of Münster. (Parking spaces available at the hotel, arrival by train is possible.)

Day 2: Münster - Billerbeck, 20 mi. (33 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. Then look forward to Billerbeck that is nestled in the mountain range of Baumberge and features medieval streets.

Day 3: Billerbeck round trip, 28 mi. (45 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.

Day 4: Billerbeck - Lüdinghausen, 27 mi. (43 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.

Day 5: Lüdinghausen round trip, 54 mi. (44 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.

Day 6: Lüdinghausen - Münster, 24 mi. (39 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 meetingplaces for students due to a multitude of restaurants. Have the cycling day come to an end and immerse yourself into the bustling life of the charming city.

Day 7: Departure from Münster
With many memories and impressions the bike tours through the heart of the Münsterland ends after breakfast at the hotel.

8 Day Tour 

Day 1: Arrival in Münster
Day 2: Münster - Schöppingen, 51 km
Day 3: Schöppingen - Zwillbrock, 60 km
Day 4: Zwillbrock - Raesfeld, 60 km
Day 5: Raesfeld - Coesfeld, 51 km 
Day 6:
Coesfeld - Lüdinghausen, 52 km
Day 7: Lüdinghausen - Münster, 55 km
Day 8: Departure from Münster

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Tour Reviews

  • Elizabeth T. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    1. There were only about 10 castles on the tour. Most of the castles were not open to the public to visit.
    2. The maps and written instructions given to us upon arrival were in German which we do not know. There was an option to download these instructions onto a smart phone but we were not given this information until on day 3 of the tour. We had made no provisions to attach a smart phone to our bike and protect it from the weather.
    3. The scenery was pleasant for a few days but became boring as there was not much difference each day.

    • Carla from Tripsite 1 month ago     Staff

      Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for your feedback. The routebook with maps is in the German language however we find it is still an excellent tool for riding. We are very sorry you were not aware of the GPS tracks or device sooner.
      Despite these issues, I hope you were able to bring home good memories of your trip!

  • Don Shields 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    My wife and I did this tour with our two young children. I rode a tandem with a tag along so the our two kids had my leading through the ride. We had a wonderful time, and the help we received in booking the right family accommodation was fabulous. I highly recommend this tour as a family

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