Cycling tour Münsterland 100 Castles Route | Small North Loop
House Welbergen near Ochtrup
© Münsterland e.V. / Vincent Croce
Cycling tour "Little North Loop" on the 100 Castles Route
4 days | from 349,- Euro

Cycling tour 100 Castles Route | Little North Loop

From the Ems through parkland to monastery, castle and manor house

Is the entire northern course of the 100 Castles Route too long for you? Then the "Little Northern Loop" is just the right cycle tour for you. In three stages you will be surprised by beautiful landscapes and fascinated by unique castles and palaces. Your starting point Rheine is already worth a trip without a cycle tour. Together with the wonderful buildings along the route, it is a true journey into history.

The cycle tour at a glance

  • Cycling tour
  • 136 km
  • Circuit
  • easy
  • 3 nights / 4 days
  • incl. breakfast
  • incl. luggage transfer
  • from 349,-

You can board the train at any of the specified locations and also travel the route in the opposite direction. Just include this information in your request.

Stage towns along the route

  • Rheine
  • Steinfurt
  • Bad Bentheim

Your itinerary on the small northern loop of the 100 Castles Route

Day 1

Bentlage Monastery in Rheine Bentlage Monastery in Rheine
© Münsterland e.V. / Philipp Fölting
Journey to Rheine

The second largest city in the Münsterland region offers exciting sights along the Ems to get you in the mood for your cycling trip. Your route should take you through the pedestrian zone to Rheine's beautiful market square. The numerous shops and restaurants invite you to stroll and linger. The Falkenhof, just a few metres away, offers interesting exhibitions. Only a few pedal turns away is the famous Bentlage Monastery directly on the Ems. A walk through the gardens to the Salinenpark is highly recommended. A visit to the museum rounds off your stay.

Tip: You can learn even more about the Salinenpark in Rheine on a themed tour.

Day 2

The moated castle of Steinfurt The moated castle of Steinfurt
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Rheine - Steinfurt (approx. 48 km)

The Ems Cycle Route is your first companion on your cycle tour. After a short time you have reached the rural Münsterland and are cycling through the green landscape. On your way towards Emsdetten, you will always have a view of the Ems and its meadows and enjoy the serenity of the region. When the weather is nice, a canoe trip on the Ems is a great change of pace. The cafés in the pedestrian zone of Emsdetten invite you to take a break. From the Ems cycle path you now change to the NaTourismusRoute in the direction of Steinfurt. Fields and meadows dominate the landscape on the far horizon. The cycle path leads you past small farming communities to your destination, Steinfurt-Borghorst, with practically no ascents.

Day 3

Roses enchant Welbergen House Roses enchant Welbergen House
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Steinfurt - Bad Bentheim (approx. 51 km)

Today, the castles and palaces of the northern Münsterland take over. From your accommodation you drive through the wild and romantic Bagno Park to the moated castle of Steinfurt. The gatehouse of the castle is one of the most popular photo motifs in the region. Directly afterwards, the alleys of the old town invite you to take a short tour of the district town. Garden lovers should not miss a visit to the district educational garden. In spring, the blossoming of the fruit trees creates a veritable sea of colour.

Haus Welbergen near Ochtrup is the next highlight of the cycle tour. The moated castle surprises with its exceptionally beautiful gardens. Situated in the middle of a small forest, Haus Welbergen is one of the most idyllic places in Münsterland. At the end of the stage, the hilltop castle of Bad Bentheim awaits you. This mighty structure stands imposingly above the small town. End the day with a stroll through the alleys of the town.

Day 4

The magnificent Bentheim Castle The magnificent Bentheim Castle
© Münsterland e.V.
Bad Bentheim - Rheine (approx. 37 km)

Before you get back in the saddle, you should visit Bentheim Castle. The view from the castle battlements over the spa gardens and the Münsterland is unique. In the shadow of the mighty Powder Tower, you can admire historical coins and carriages in the museum. The cycle tour leads through the gentle landscape of the Münsterland back to Rheine. Again and again, small streams cross the paths and the grass of the meadows sways in the wind. This leaves enough time for a visit to the nature zoo in Rheine.

Services | Cycling Tour 100 Castles Route "Little North Loop

  • 4 days / 3 nights with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Map and information material
  • Tour description
  • Komoot voucher for the "Münsterland" region package
  • Guarantee certificate

Prices | Cycling Tour 100 Castles Route "Little North Loop

Prices per person

349,00 € in a double room
439,00 € in a single room

Bookable from 2 persons

Booking time: min. 7 days before arrival

Book with certainty: If you arrive in 2023, you can cancel this package free of charge up to 5 days before arrival.

Offer valid: 01.01.-31.12.23 | Organiser: Münsterland e.V.

Package tour information

  • The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

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