Before you start your bike tour on the 100 Castles Route, you should take time to see the sights of Münster. Just let yourself drift through the city. The perfect starting point is Prinzipalmarkt. The arcades and historic facades will enchant you. The Town Hall of the Peace of Westphalia with its famous Peace Hall is located directly on Prinzipalmarkt. The towers of the cathedral and St. Lamberti's Church tower unmistakably over Münster.
During a walk through the streets and alleys of the city, you will inevitably come across numerous other historical buildings. Among the highlights are Münster Castle and the magnificent Erbdrostenhof. The city's museum landscape is unique. The Picasso Museum, the Museum of Lacquer Art and the LWL Museum of Art and Culture are just a few examples of the wide range of cultural attractions.
At the latest when you start your cycle tour, it becomes clear why Münster is also called the "cycling capital". Countless cyclists, bicycles and cycle paths characterise the images of the city.
By the way: If you don't want to plan your own cycling tour on the eastern course, you can opt for a package tour lasting several days.
Shortly after Münster, it quickly becomes rural and even really idyllic on the banks of the Werse. The landscape is green, interspersed with small towns and numerous fields and meadows. The double mill at Haus Langen is just as eye-catching as Loburg Castle in Ostbevern. In May, the rhododendrons in the castle's romantic park bloom magnificently. You can reach the next highlight almost without climbing: Harkotten Castle near Sassenberg is not only particularly picturesque, but also offers a stylish place for a break with its café. You should also take the opportunity to visit the museum.
It is not far to the "horse capital" of Warendorf. Here everything revolves around the proud four-legged friends. The highlight is the NRW State Stud Farm, which is well worth a visit and always offers outstanding events. The historic market square is the heart of the town on the Ems. Let the life of the town pass you by during a break and discover the narrow alleys and the decentralised museum of Warendorf for yourself.
Even when you have left Warendorf on your cycle tour on the 100 castles route, you remain in "horse country". The gentle and flat landscape offers a wonderful panorama of the southern Münsterland. Hedges, small farm forests, an ancient cultural landscape and horses accompany you on the cycle path southwards. Haus Vornholz near Ennigerloh lies in the middle of this park landscape. The former castle looks back on an eventful history. The castle was not completed until after 1685.
Rheda Castle marks the easternmost point of the 100 Castles Route. The castle chapel and the wallpaper room are particularly worth seeing. You should definitely combine your visit to the castle with a tour of the historic town centres of Rheda and Wiedenbrück.
Haus Geist, the castle ruins of Stromberg, Haus Nottbeck near Oelde and Liesborn Abbey in Wadersloh are the next historic buildings before the 100 Castles Route reaches the Lippe valley. The former Haus Nottbeck manor, which now houses the Museum of Westphalian Literature, deserves a special look.
Hovestadt Castle awaits you directly on the banks of the Lippe. Get off your saddle and wander through the beautiful park. In the baroque garden, beech hedges alternate with stately trees - a true oasis of peace. Assen Castle, built in 1546, is the second castle worth seeing in Lippe Valley and is always worth a visit.
The "Beckumer Berge" are really just small hills that you can easily master by bike. You will be rewarded with beautiful views over the region. The 100 castles route around Beckum and Ahlen leads through a piece of industrial history. The cement industry has left its mark here. But most places have long since blended back into the Münsterland park landscape without denying their past.
Many small rivers and streams now characterise the landscape along the cycle route towards Sendenhorst. Around the parish church, restaurants and cafés invite you to take a break before the final stage. The Brückhausen estate near Everwinkel is a wonderful example of the magnificent manor houses in Münsterland. Already within sight of Münster, the Drostenhof Wolbeck forms the final point of the journey through time on the eastern course of the 100 Castles Route.
Right on the edge of the old town, the narrow alleys give a view of Münster's impressive castle. The 91-metre-long three-winged complex is one of the city's most famous sights. Today, the castle is the seat of Münster's famous university.
The former city palace is located in the middle of Münster's city centre. The contrast to the hustle and bustle in the alleys of the city could hardly be greater. You have a wonderful view of the façade from Salzstraße. The interior of the Erbdrostenhof, on the other hand, is only opened on special occasions.
The typical park landscape of the Münsterland region characterises the surroundings of Vornholz Castle. The extensive castle complex extends over two islands with several buildings. The castle, which was first mentioned in a document in 1172, is privately owned and cannot be visited. However, the gastronomy of the golf course is ideal for a break.
The Haus Nottbeck cultural estate is one of the cultural highlights along the 100 Castles Route. In addition to interesting exhibitions in the Museum of Westphalian Literature, you will find the cosy Kulturcafé here.
Rheda-Wiedenbrück is known for its beautiful old town with half-timbered houses and small alleys. Rheda Castle, on the other hand, looks downright stately. The medieval building houses exceptional attractions such as the castle chapel, the wallpaper room and the carriage museum.
Exceptional art and events await cyclists at the Liesborn Abbey Museum. The time-honoured abbey dates back to the year 815 and is today one of the most popular destinations for excursions.
Hovestadt Castle is located directly on the river Lippe. Its once strategically important location is the reason for an eventful past. The castle complex in Lippe Valley, first mentioned in 1292, is surrounded by large pastures and is still privately owned today. Walks through the castle park are very beautiful.
For more than 1,000 years, the House of Assen has left its mark on its surroundings. Like a fairytale castle, the mighty walls rise from the green landscape.
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