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Road of 100 Castles - Münsterland

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 

     Option AOption B
    Price: £ 488 $ 836 600 NOK 5850 kr 5400 $ 702 £ 442 $ 758 544 NOK 5304 kr 4896 $ 636
    Single room: £ 630 $ 1,079 775 NOK 7556 kr 6975 $ 907 £ 574 $ 983 706 NOK 6884 kr 6354 $ 826

    8 Day Tour

     Option AOption B
    Price: £ 552 $ 946 679 NOK 6620 kr 6111 $ 794 £ 515 $ 883 634 NOK 6182 kr 5706 $ 742
    Single room: £ 694 $ 1,190 854 NOK 8327 kr 7686 $ 999 £ 635 $ 1,089 782 NOK 7625 kr 7038 $ 915

    extra options

    Electric bicycle: £ 89 $ 153 110 NOK 1073 kr 990 $ 129

    GPS rental with tracks (deposit): £ 41 $ 70 50 NOK 488 kr 450 $ 59

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

    Option A £ 51 $ 88 63 NOK 614 kr 567 $ 74   Single room: £ 77 $ 132 95 NOK 926 kr 855 $ 111 Option B £ 41 $ 71 51 NOK 497 kr 459 $ 60   Single room: £ 69 $ 118 85 NOK 829 kr 765 $ 99

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Arrive at Dusseldorf International Airport (DUS)

    Local Travel

    Travel by train from Dusseldorf International Airport to Münster (approximately 75 miles.) The price for that train connection is about 26 euros per person. Please be aware that the prices may vary within the year because the train fares change in June. Take a taxi from Münster train station to hotel (approximately €5 to €10.)

    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

    Special departure dates can be arranged for groups of at least 6.
    Electric bicycle available!


Skill Level

This is a moderate self-guided bike tour on mostly flat, well paved bike trails (Pättkes). Some routes can include sporadic hills. Routes are well marked allowing you to concentrate on the scenery. This also means you can safely pick your own route from one stop to the next. Daily distances range from 35 to 40 miles.

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
  • Detailed route description with maps, including tourist information
  • Sign posted route
  • Tips for tour preparation

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to your first hotel
  • Deposit for GPS rental
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Additional nights possible in Münster before or after tour.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–8 days
From544 Rates
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Tour Dates

Every Saturday from April 21 to September 29, 2018

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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  • Don Shields 6 years ago

    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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