From London to St. Petersburg, the R1 European Cycle Route connects people, nature and culture from ten European countries - Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Russia - over more than 3,500 kilometres. A section of this cycle route, also called the Euro Route, runs through North Rhine-Westphalia and also through the Münsterland region.
This approximately 315-kilometre route takes you from Vreden on the Dutch border to Höxter in the Weserbergland. On a tour of this section of the R1, cyclists get to know the extensive Münsterland park landscape, the Teutoburg Forest and the valleys of the Weserbergland.
You start in Vreden and are immediately in the middle of one of the largest nature reserves in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Zwillbrocker Venn. This moorland is home to laughing gulls and flamingos, among others. Water castles and old manor houses line the way to the university town of Münster. Make a cultural stop at the Pablo Picasso Museum of Prints and Drawings, for example, or stroll through the beautiful Prinzipalmarkt and enjoy the extraordinary flair of the city of Münster.
Via the small pilgrimage town of Telgte, we travel to the equestrian town of Warendorf. A tour of the old town of Telgte is a must, as is a visit to the NRW State Stud in Warendorf. The R1 European Cycle Route leaves the Münsterland region and continues into the Teutoburg Forest. Recreation, leisure and living history await you here, for example in Germany's largest open-air museum, at the Hermann Monument in Detmold or at Marienmünster Abbey.
The last stage through Westphalia takes you across the Weser on the way to the historic Hanseatic town of Höxter. Medieval town centres and buildings from the Weser Renaissance still characterise the face of the region today. A highlight at the end of the tour is the UNSECO World Heritage Site Corvey Castle, which you should definitely visit.
The R1 crosses the Dutch border at Zwillbrock. With the Zwillbrocker Venn and the northernmost flamingo colony in the world, this is also the town's biggest attraction. You will be amazed by the landscape and the numerous bird species. The cultural centre on the banks of the Bever in the centre of Vreden is also worth a visit.
The centre of Stadtlohn is the mighty nave of St. Orger. The town invites you to take a stroll through the town centre around the figurine fountain. Fans of model cars get their money's worth at the Siku and Oldtimer Museum. More than 25,000 Siku and Audi models are on display here.
In the heart of the Münsterland, the R1 European Cycle Route meets Rosendahl and its district of Darfeld. Nature presents itself wonderfully under the wide horizon. The Berkel, which you have seen again and again on your cycle tour, has its source in Rosendahl.
The lively district town of Coesfeld is considered a cultural centre in the heart of the Münsterland. Museums and especially the concert theatre are the reasons for its excellent reputation. Coesfeld is an excellent stopover on your cycling tour.
Billerbeck Cathedral is a real eye-catcher. Its towers tower over the charming town centre with its restaurants, shops and cafés. On your way to Billerbeck, you will encounter a magnificent landscape with great views.
Sandstone is as much a part of Havixbeck as the cycle paths are of Münsterland. In the sandstone museum, the building material that has shaped the Münsterland is lavishly exhibited. The undisputed greatest sight is Hülshoff Castle - the birthplace of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and also a beautiful castle complex.
The cityscape of Münster delights every visitor. It is particularly beautiful around Prinzipalmarkt. In addition to countless sights and an extremely rich cultural offering, you will also find a wide variety of accommodation options here. Plan an extra day on your cycling tour for Münster.
On the banks of the Ems and only a few kilometres from Münster, Telgte welcomes you with its picturesque old town. From the beautiful market square, you can reach most of the sights on foot. Visit the RELíGIO museum or the pilgrimage chapel and take a relaxed stroll through the alleys of the town.
You will immediately notice that horses play a special role in Warendorf. The proud four-legged friends appear again and again in the townscape. The highlight is the historic stables at the NRW State Stud, just a few metres from the historic market square.
Sassenberg always attracts attention. The largest triathlon in the region takes place here, Harkotten Castle is a unique double castle complex and from spring onwards the town becomes the "asparagus capital". Good reasons to make a stop here during the cycle tour.
The GPS track for the Europaradweg R1 includes the route in Germany from the Dutch to the Polish border.