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Road of 100 Castles - Münsterland Bike Tour

Germany, Netherlands Bike Tours

Castles and charm on a bike tour in Germany

  • On this bike tour in Germany (and on the 8-day version you actually venture into Holland), you will cycle through beautiful villages and farmland with views of castles, baroque palaces, former courts, and ancient country estates. The traditional German word "Pättkes" is used to describe the small paths leading slightly off the beaten track that people have been using for decades. This sparsely populated area of countryside, dotted with farms surrounded by stately oaks and characterized 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!

    Highlights:

    • Münster
    • Münster Castle and historic townhall
    • Wasserburg Hülshoff
    • Darfeld Castle
    • Varlar Castle
    • St. Lamberti Church with its Baroque tower
    • Vischering Castle in Lüdinghausen
    • Seppenrade, one of the Village of Roses
    • Longinusturm, the highest peak in Münsterland

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  • 7 Day Tour 

    Season 1 
    Twin/double $ 1140 £ 593 $ 1,025 689 $ 1182 kr 7406 $ 780
    Single room $ 1350 £ 703 $ 1,214 816 $ 1400 kr 8771 $ 923
    Season 2 
    Twin/double $ 1238 £ 644 $ 1,113 748 $ 1283 kr 8040 $ 847
    Single room $ 1564 £ 814 $ 1,406 945 $ 1621 kr 10157 $ 1,069

     

    8 Day Tour

     Category ACategory B
    Season 1  
    Twin/double $ 1191 £ 620 $ 1,071 720 $ 1235 kr 7739 $ 815 $ 1092 £ 568 $ 982 660 $ 1132 kr 7094 $ 747
    Single room $ 1448 £ 753 $ 1,301 875 $ 1501 kr 9405 $ 990 $ 1319 £ 686 $ 1,185 797 $ 1367 kr 8567 $ 902
    Season 2  
    Twin/double $ 1297 £ 675 $ 1,166 784 $ 1345 kr 8427 $ 887 $ 1140 £ 593 $ 1,025 689 $ 1182 kr 7406 $ 780
    Single room $ 1554 £ 808 $ 1,397 939 $ 1611 kr 10093 $ 1,063 $ 1372 £ 714 $ 1,233 829 $ 1422 kr 8911 $ 938

    extra options

    Electric bicycle: $ 182 £ 95 $ 164 110 $ 189 kr 1182 $ 124

    Deposit for GPS rental with tracks: $ 83 £ 43 $ 74 50 $ 86 kr 537 $ 57

    Extra nights in Münster:

    7-day tour:
    Twin/double: $ 129 £ 67 $ 116 78 $ 134 kr 838 $ 88 Single room: $ 182 £ 95 $ 164 110 $ 189 kr 1182 $ 124
    8-day tour:

    Option A
    Twin/double: $ 116 £ 60 $ 104 70 $ 120 kr 752 $ 79 Single room: $ 157 £ 82 $ 141 95 $ 163 kr 1021 $ 108 Option B $ 84 £ 44 $ 76 51 $ 88 kr 548 $ 58   Single room: $ 141 £ 73 $ 126 85 $ 146 kr 914 $ 96

    Child discounts are available

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The most practical international airport to arrive to for your tour start in Münster is Düsseldorf (DUS). Another option 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. In Munster, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy. If you travel in the spring, be sure to plan on layering as the average temperature in °F in April is 46°. Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Munster for general outdoor activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

    Remarks

    You will be provided with a GPS device from Garmin for the entire duration of your trip. 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.

    DOCUMENTS:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa!


Tour Dates

2020

7-day tour

Every Sunday from April 20 to September 28, 2020

Season 1: April 19 to April 26  and September 27 to October 11, 2020
Season 2: May 3 to September 20, 2020

8-day tour

Every Saturday and Sunday from April 18 to April 26, 2020

Season 1: April 18 to April 26 and  September 26 to October 11, 2020
Season 2: May 2 to September 20, 2020

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

Skill Level

Depending on what length tour you choose, you will have an easy to moderate holiday. The 8-day version has longer daily distances and therefore has been given a moderate rating. 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 great variety in the saddle. You cycle along the typical "Pättkes", mostly on flat paved roads and sometimes on forest and hiking trails. No worries about getting lost in Münsterland’s parks because it is the first region in Europe that consistently signposted its cycling network with over 4,500-km of bike trails.

Where You’ll Stay

On the 7 day tour, you stay in stylishly decorated hotels with a special flair and on the 8 day tour, you have a choice, between Category A (comfortable middle class hotels) and Category B (smaller family-run inns and hotels).

What’s Included

  • Accommodations in double/twin room with private bath
  • Breakfast
  • 27-speed touring bicycle (high handlebars and upright riding position) in either men or women's frames equipped with gel saddle, chain guard, and waterproof pannier.
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route book and map (German language) and tourist information (English)
  • Signposted route
  • Preloaded GPS device or GPS tracks
  • 7 day hotline

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Additional nights possible in Münster before or after tour.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–8 days
From689 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, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Billerbeck round trip, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 4: Billerbeck - Lüdinghausen, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Lüdinghausen round trip, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Lüdinghausen - Münster, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 7: Departure from Münster

Day 1: Arrival in Münster
Münster, a perfect starting point, enchants with old gabled houses, art museums, the cathedral, the Peace Hall, the principal market, Lake Aa, student pubs and so much more. Come early and take a tour by bike in the city center of Münster. 

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Mövenpick

Day 2: Münster - Billerbeck, 22 mi. (35 km)
Be sure to walk around the old town of Münster on the famous promenade, past the castle, before you cycle out of the city into the green Münsterland parkland. Take a worthwhile break on "Rüschhaus House" with the Droste-Hulshoff Museum and Castle Hülshoff with an extensive park system. Visit Havixbeck the interesting sandstone museum and make a stop in one of the lovely cafes and pubs along the way. The highest peak in the whole Münsterland is the Longinusturm, with its fantastic panoramic view and a real highlight at this stage. Your day's destination is medieval Billerbeck, nestled in the mountain range of Baumberge.

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Domschenke
Enjoy the furnished rooms with attention to detail and the fine cuisine of the house.

Day 3: Billerbeck round trip, 29 mi. (46 km)
Through the lovely parkland of Westmünsterland you will cycle to the enchanting castle Darfeld and the chateau Varlar, which are both privately inhabited. Sparse forests accompany you to the beautiful city of Coesfeld. Try to visit the  Lamberti church in the central square and take a break in the quaint local pub brewery, Stephanus. In the afternoon you will reach the foothills of the Baumerge, passing remote farms,  and then you cycle along the Berkel back to Billerbeck.

Day 4: Billerbeck - Lüdinghausen, 28 mi. (45 km)
There is much to see on this day! Nottuln, with its historic Baroque center, whose Stiftsplatz is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Münster region for one. Visit the oldest blue printing plant in Westphalia and watch the production of blankets and curtains. You continue then on 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'. The castle with its drawbridge is one of the most beautiful castles in Germany. 

Accommodation: Charming City Hotel No. 11
You will find the charming Stadthotel No. 11 tucked away in the middle of the pedestrian precinct. Although newly constructed in 2014 the building blends perfectly with the surrounding old town thanks to the use of materials from other historic buildings.  This hotel has been honored status in the Michelin Guide, achieving one of the highest accolades, shown as a small red house, which denotes a particularly comfortable hotel.

Day 5: Lüdinghausen round trip, 28 mi. (45 km)
After a few kilometers, you will reach Castle Nordkirchen, also know as the "Westphalian Versailles". Not only is the 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. You then cycle to Selm, where at the beach on Ternscher See you can go for a refreshing swim.  You then 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 landscape, you reach the small town of Ottmarsbocholt, with its historic grain windmill. On the "Castle Route" you cycle to the Dortmund-Ems Canal, which 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 has become the most popular meeting place for students due to the multiple eateries. 

Accommodation: varies

Day 7: Departure from Münster
With many memories and impressions of your ride through the heart of the Münsterland, your tour ends after breakfast and check-out.

8 Day Tour 

Day 1: Arrival in Münster
Day 2: Münster - Schöppingen, 51 km
Day 3: Schöppingen - Zwillbrock, 60 km
Day 4: Zwillbrock - Bocholt, 49 km
Day 5: Bocholt - Coesfeld, 63 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. 3 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 3 months 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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