Discover one of the beautiful recreational areas in the Westmünsterland region in Ahaus: the "Witte Venn". The Venn comprises a landscape characterised by heath, moorland and grassland. The area extends over the border to the Netherlands. On the Dutch side, most of it belongs to the Natuurmonumenten Foundation; on the German side, it belongs proportionately to the district of Borken and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Some habitats have been preserved in the nature reserve that are rather rare today, such as moorland forests and heaths. Special plant species such as cotton grass and marsh gentian, but also various animal species such as tree frogs and moor frogs are at home here. Rare bird species such as teals, tree hawks or corncrakes feel at home in the Fens.
A highlight, however, are the wild cattle that are kept to maintain the landscape. The animals live in a herd in the area all year round. On a circular trail (without a fence) you can marvel at the Scottish Highland cattle from close up.
A well-developed network of paths runs through the varied moorland and floodplain landscape of the Witte Venn. The ideal means of transport in the Fens is therefore the bicycle, but of course you can also simply go for a walk or hike here.
The starting point for several circular tours of different lengths is the Haarmühle. You can find more information and maps of the tours via the following two links.