Dortmund-Ems Canal Cycle Route | Münsterland Cycle Tour
Dortmund-Ems Canal
© Münsterland e.V./Marcel Lesch
A blue ribbon through green landscapes
Dortmund-Ems Canal Route

The Dortmund-Ems Canal Route at a glance

  • 350 km
  • Route tour
  • easy
  • signposted
  • Multiday tour
  • Nature/Cities
  • Dortmund
  • Olfen
  • Lüdinghausen
  • Send
  • Münster
  • Ladbergen
  • Hörstel
  • Rheine
  • Lingen
  • Empty
  • Emden
  • North
  • Norderney

Places of interest along the route

Steverauen in Olfen
© Münsterland e.V./Long Nong Huang

In Olfen you will find an outstanding nature experience in the Steverauen. They are right on your route. In the original floodplain landscape you can discover semi-wild animals such as Heck cattle, Konik horses, Poitou and Catalan giant donkeys.

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Lüdinghausen Castle
© Münsterland e.V./Philipp Fölting

The castle is not directly on your route, but a detour to the impressive estate is always worthwhile! It is the oldest castle in the "town of water castles" Lüdinghausen. In addition, the house is surrounded by a picturesque park that invites you to linger.

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Senden Castle
© Münsterland e.V./Philipp Fölting

If you don't want to take a diversion, there is another way to see a castle. This gem awaits you in Senden. The three-winged Senden Castle enchants with its time-honoured appearance and the beautiful gardens that surround it.

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Venner Moor near Senden
© Münsterland e.V./Long Nong Huang

It really doesn't get boring on this cycling route. Now follows another nature experience of a special kind. The Venner Moor looks back on 6,000 years of evolutionary history. The approximately 149 hectares of moorland are home to a fascinating plant and animal world.

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Port in Münster
© Münsterland e.V./R. Dombrowski

Münster's city harbour combines office with art and culture as well as a varied gastronomy. You can picnic here, go out to eat, go for a walk or simply relax with a drink by the water.

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

If you have a little time, you should take a closer look at the town of Rheine. A short detour to Bentlage Monastery is particularly recommended. You can visit the museum with its high-quality exhibitions or relax in the monastery garden.

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