The Vinnenberg Monastery in Warendorf
© Münsterland e.V. / Philipp Fölting
Your bike tour for a day
From gate to gate

From gate to gate through the Münsterland

On this circular tour you cycle from gate to gate through the eastern Münsterland. The impressive Harkotten double castle awaits you, as well as many exciting impressions and tasty breaks over 55 kilometres.

Let's go!

From the starting point at Warendorf station, you set off in the direction of the Ems and soon pass the historic gatekeeper's house of the Münster Gate. Pass through the wings that once belonged to Marienfeld Abbey and walk along the banks of the Ems. After crossing the river, you soon reach the outskirts of Warendorf and leave the "city of horses" behind you. A beautiful stretch full of meadows, small forests and fragrant farmland lies ahead of you, where you immediately get that Münsterland feeling. Lovingly tended farms and fruit trees along the way accompany you all the way to the Bever.

Pleasure on the tour

Optional: If you feel like a short break here, you can take a detour to the Habichtshof (currently closed). The beautiful farm opens its doors to you with a café and farm shop. You should definitely take a jar of Münsterland honey home with you from the fine, seasonal farm shop. A highlight for children, apart from the petting zoo, are the kettcars with which they can race around the farm.

Vinnenberg Monastery

Crossing the Bever, you cycle a short distance near the riverbank and then reach the gates of Vinnenberg Monastery: the monastery was inhabited and cared for by Cistercian and Benedictine nuns for over 800 years. Especially the pilgrimage church "Our Lady of the Kingdom of Heaven" attracts numerous pilgrims to the historic site. They all want to marvel at the Vinneberg image of grace and enjoy it in peace. The monastery itself is now a seminar and retreat house of the Münster diocese.

Mill wheel for cooling reason Mill wheel for cooling reason
© Tanja Hohnwald
Pleasure on the tour

The country inn Zum Kühlen Grunde (currently closed) is located at the Klostermühle and serves food and drink. The old mill wheel in the inn's well-kept beer garden is a good place to spend time even when the temperature is hot. The seasonal cuisine should also be tried. A hot tip for a hearty lunch break.

Harkotten double castle / Harkotten manor house

The route continues in the direction of Glandorf. This is where it gets "bordery"! Along the border to the Osnabrück region as well as the state border to Lower Saxony, you cycle through Füchtorf towards the unique double castle complex Harkotten : A real highlight of the castles and fortress region! Make sure you cycle to the Harkotten manor house . When you pass the gate behind the bridge, you will already recognise the coat of arms of the von Korff family. The von Korff family welcomes registered guests here with personal guided tours of the classicist manor house and shows the freshly restored frescoes by the painter Philipp Ferdinand Ludwig Bartscher. A visit to the castle's own Wappensaal café is a must.

At the manor house it is worth leaving the Leeze behind and venturing into the Harkotten forest. In the Wappensaal you will receive a hiking map that suggests several routes. Here you can walk along the paths of the ancestors and encounter unique natural monuments such as the Liebestanne. The longest trail takes you around the properties of the double castle complex to Harkotten Castle. The castle, which is privately owned, can be admired across the moat and offers an impressive sight.

Pleasure on the tour

The old cowshed has been transformed into the "Wappensaal", which offers high-quality gastronomic delights in beautiful and stylish surroundings. Visitors can immerse themselves in an atmosphere steeped in history during the daily lunch as well as coffee and cake, while the old coats of arms on the walls and pillars tell stories and can be marvelled at.

Feldmark Lake and Schücking House

Relaxation at the Feldmarksee in Sassenberg
© Münsterland e.V. / Kai Marc Pel

It is difficult to tear oneself away from the special facility. But the further green path towards Sassenberg is good compensation. The next destination is the popular Feldmarksee bathing lake. A short swim break in good weather should be planned. For those who don't like swimming, the lake offers a pedal boat rental service.

Cycle through the Feldmark recreation area, past some beautiful, shady forest playgrounds and rest areas, past the wooded outskirts of Sassenberg until you reach Haus Schücking: A beautiful town palace. The exterior façade of the single-storey brick building leaves no doubt: we are standing here at the gates of a typical Schlaun building!

Ice cream on the bike tour Ice cream on the bike tour
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Ice cream enjoyment on the tour

As everyone in Sassenberg knows, the best ice cream is at the Eiscafé Zanella. Just a few minutes away from Haus Schücking, they have the best varieties with regional ingredients and climate-friendly supply routes.

Jungferngraben and Bispinck House

After this gem of the castles and palaces region, you're already heading home. On the way back to Warendorf, you will pass the Jungferngraben - a picturesque place where you can take some great photos of this picturesque spot in the Ems meadows. You cycle through the Emssee Park towards the historic town centre of Warendorf. A short break at the Marienbrunnen fountain will make you aware of the magical atmosphere of this town. The history of the town is told in several places in the decentralised town museum. One of these places is the Bispinck House, which is the last architectural highlight of the route. You will now happily pass through the Münstertor gate once again and have completed your route through the eastern Münsterland from gate to gate!

Map | Your route in Sassenberg

  • approx. 55 km
  • Circuit
  • easy
  • Day trip
  • Locks
  • Rail journey
  • Sassenberg
  • Warendorf
  • Glandorf

Info & service for the bike tour

Not all offers and services along the cycle tour are yet fully available. Here we keep you up to date on what you can experience on your bike tour.

Vinnenberg Monastery:

  • An active monastery that invites you to church services. / Please observe hygiene regulations

Haus Harkotten:

  • Gastronomy "Wappensaal" closed
  • Outdoor area open - Sundays 12:00 - 18:00
  • Tours do not take place at the moment.

Feldmarksee:

  • Nature spot - open
  • Beach and lido: previous Reservation necessary

Haus Schücking:

  • Private residence, can only be viewed from the outside

Jungferngraben:

  • Nature spot - exposed

House Bispinck:

  • Currently closed

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Hotel tip:

Would you like to combine your cycling tour with an overnight stay in Warendorf? The "Hotel und M's Lounge" impresses with its personal service for an all-round carefree short holiday. On the edge of the city centre with short distances to the most beautiful cycling routes in Münsterland, it is the perfect accommodation for your cycling tour.

Picnic ideas for your bike tour

  • Picnic area Feldmarksee Sassenberg Picnic Lake Feldmark Picnic area Feldmarksee Sassenberg
    © Münsterland e.V._Kai Marc Pel
    Sassenberg

    In the centre of the Feldmark recreation area near Sassenberg in the district of Warendorf lies the approximately 13-hectare Feldmarksee. With its bird sanctuary island, an idyllic sandy beach, extensive sunbathing lawns and a café, it is an attractive local recreation destination on nice days. Part of the lake is set aside as a bathing zone during the summer months. There is also a nice picnic area at the lake with benches and two tables for 6 to 8 people. In addition, there are two meadow areas in this area where picnics can also be held. The picnic area is located on the north shore of the Feldmarksee opposite the water sports facility and the lido.

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Your journey

Travelling to Warendorf is recommended both by train and by car , as the connections are good and regular and there is free parking at the station.

There is also a bike station at the station where you can also charge your e-bike free of charge. In Warendorf itself there are several addresses where bicycles can be rented locally.

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