A classic among cycling routes is the R1 European Cycle Route. It connects the French Atlantic coast with St. Petersburg in Russia and leads right across Europe and also through NRW and the Münsterland. A new brochure published by Münsterland e.V. provides information on the 22 stops along the North Rhine-Westphalia section, including tips for excursions and sightseeing as well as recommendations for restaurants and hotels.
The approximately 315-kilometre-long section in North Rhine-Westphalia is particularly scenic and culturally attractive. It runs from Vreden-Zwillbrock on the German-Dutch border to Höxter on the Weser. Along the route are many highlights such as the Zwillbrocker Venn nature reserve with the northernmost colony of free-living flamingos, Hülshoff Castle in Havixbeck as the birthplace of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, the city of Münster with its cathedral and Prinzipalmarkt and the NRW State Stud Farm in Warendorf. From Münsterland, the R1 leads into the Teutoburg Forest. Here you will be particularly impressed by the Hermann Monument in Detmold, numerous historic towns and city centres with buildings from the Weser Renaissance and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Corvey Castle in Höxter.
If you would like to explore a section or even the entire route by bike, you can order the new brochure on the R1 European Cycle Route (North Rhine-Westphalia section) free of charge: Münsterland e.V., 02571/949392, email@example.com.