In the middle of the Münsterland, through the wooded hilly landscape of the Baumberge, runs the Sandstone Route. This cycle tour leads along well-signposted cycle paths through the five Baumberge communities of Nottuln, Havixbeck, Billerbeck, Rosendahl and Coesfeld. Typical for the region is the Baumberg sandstone, which characterises many buildings and places with its unmistakable colour.
Here, the park landscape of the Münsterland shows its most beautiful side. From the hills of the Baumberge there are wonderful views of the fields and meadows of the region, between which there are always pretty farms and charming villages. Especially in spring, the blossoms of the rape fields shine in the sunshine. Small watercourses criss-cross the forests of the Baumberge and always offer nice places to rest.
On your tour through the Baumberge you will get to know over 200 large and small buildings made of the light-coloured Baumberg sandstone . For example, Hülshoff Castle in Havixbeck, where the famous Westphalian poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff was born in 1797. The quarries still in operation today and above all the Baumberg Sandstone Museum in Havixbeck are also worth a visit. The centre of Nottuln with its old and well-kept houses around the stately church is beautiful. You will also pass the Longinusturm: a lookout tower with a spectacular view of the Baumberge.
The quarrying of sandstone in the Baumberge has a 1,000-year history. In the Baumberg Sandstone Museum you can take a closer look at the "marble of the Münsterland".
Hülshoff Castle near Havixbeck is certainly one of the most beautiful buildings made of sandstone. The soft colours of the building material blend wonderfully into the beautiful park. Together with the museum, Hülshoff Castle is one of the most popular destinations in Münsterland.
St. Martinus Church in the old town of Nottuln is one of the most important and beautiful late Gothic hall churches in Westphalia. Construction of the hall church, which is well worth seeing, began in 1489. The sandstone furnishings are particularly interesting. Various figures and the baptismal font bear witness to great craftsmanship.
The Stevertal near Nottuln radiates a special idyll. The stately sandstone buildings are framed by a beautiful, hilly landscape. The bubbling Steverquelle forms the end of the valley, which is still one of the insider tips in Münsterland.
The towers of Billerbeck Cathedral stretch towards the sky. At least, that's how you feel when you stand directly at the foot of the cathedral. Framed by other buildings made of sandstone, the cathedral is one of the most impressive structures in Münsterland. The interior of the church is just as magnificent.
Somewhat hidden away is Havixbeck House, which is still privately owned today. Built in 1562, the three-winged moated castle is a wonderful example of the use of Baumberg sandstone. A visit is only possible from the outside.