Cycle tour and cycle path in Münsterland - places of great stories
Hülshoff Castle in Havixbeck
© Münsterland e.V. / Philipp Fölting
Your bike tour for a day

Places of great history(s)

Follow in the footsteps of great history and stories on this cycle tour northwest of Münster. Starting at the prince-bishop's castle in Münster, the first hint of baroque history is already omnipresent. Leaving the city of Münster, the circular bike tour takes you through idyllic landscapes, past fields and through forests. Here you can leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.

Hülshoff Castle and Haus Rüschhaus are two places full of stories along the way, giving you an insight into the aristocratic life of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. In total, you will pedal 34 beautiful kilometres.

Münster Castle and Botanical Garden

Your cycle tour starts at Münster Castle, which looks stately and elegant at the same time with its red brick and light sandstone. The castle served as the prince-bishop's residence until 1803. The architect Johann Conrad Schlaun built the Baroque structure for Münster's penultimate prince-bishop, Maximilian Friedrich von Königsegg-Rothenfels. In 1945 the palace was completely bombed. Between 1947 and 1953 it was rebuilt according to old plans, at least in its outer appearance, and is now the seat of the administration of Münster University.

Take the opportunity to have a look at the botanical garden at the back of the castle. A gate to the left of the palace leads you to this dreamlike oasis of peace. Not only garden lovers will get their money's worth here. The circular route takes you along the idyllic pond, the 23 different themed gardens, the large tropical house and the orangery. There you can discover a total of 8,000 different plant species. A visit is both relaxing and informative.

Enjoyment and refreshment before the tour

Start your day with a culinary refreshment at the Schlossgarten Café. In the immediate vicinity of the botanical garden and with a view of the castle park, you can indulge yourself here with a relaxed lunch, coffee and cake or a Sunday breakfast.

Into nature

But now it's time to get on your bike! The circular tour takes you out of the city centre and past the residential suburbs of Gievenbeck and Nienberge. After a short time you will see the typical Münsterland park landscape with its fields, meadows and hedges and you will reach the Vorbergs Hügel nature reserve. The cycle path leads you through the gently rolling landscape. Keep an eye on the flora and fauna to the right and left of the path - this is home to some rare animals and plants that are on the Red List of endangered species. On the further section of the circular tour, the rural Münsterland shows its relaxed side. Here you have a wide view over fields and along small sections of forest, leading you to the next highlight of the circular tour.

Picturesque water areas at Hülshoff Castle

The reception is magnificent! You cycle through the extensive park past picturesque water areas to the imposing building of Hülshoff Castle, the birthplace of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. It is worth leaving your bike here and taking a walk around the castle. New perspectives of the historic building will constantly reveal themselves to you. In the inner courtyard of the typical Westphalian moated castle you have access to the Droste Museum and the restaurant in the castle's vaulted cellar. The museum describes the life of the poetess and gives a very special insight into the aristocratic life of the time.

Picnicking in the Münsterland Picnicking in the Münsterland
© Münsterland e.V./foodistas
Pleasure on the tour

The restaurant in the castle's vaulted cellar will take care of your physical well-being. When the weather is nice, you can also enjoy your meals and drinks outdoors in the courtyard with a view of the park. Or perhaps you would like to have a picnic on one of the green meadows around the castle? The restaurant offers an "Original Hülshoff Picnic Basket", filled with Münsterland specialities and complete picnic equipment, to pick up and enjoy in the sun.

The green meadows around Hülshoff Castle literally invite you to a picnic in the open air. With a view of the extensive parks and the castle, you can recover from your tour and fortify yourself for the journey ahead.

Vögeding House and Rüschhaus House

Well fortified and with many new impressions in your luggage, you get back on the saddle and continue in the footsteps of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. The scenic route takes you past the old walls of Haus Vögeding, a privately owned former four-tower moated castle. The farmhouse, which has been preserved to this day, and part of the moat give an idea of the magnificent estate that must have been in the neighbourhood in Annette's day.

If you continue cycling, you will discover the next highlight of your circular tour only a few moments later in the middle of the woods: Haus Rüschhaus - a real treasure full of stories. The house was built by none other than the Westphalian master builder Johann Conrad Schlaun and captivates with its playful late Baroque architecture. Annette von Droste-Hülshoff lived here - only about five kilometres from her birthplace - after the death of her father, together with her mother and her sister Jenny. She retreated here to write, and her works include "Die Judenbuche" (The Jewish Book). Don't miss the idyllic baroque garden nestling at the back of the house during your stopover. The boxwood-lined paths are a wonderful place to stroll and relax.

Back to Münster Castle

Get on your bike for the last time and set off on the last stage through the Münsterland park landscape. Past horse farms, wide fields and small forest sections, the route finally leads you back to the urbanity of the city of Münster.

  • approx. 34 km
  • Circuit
  • easy
  • Day trip
  • Castles/Nature
  • Travel by car
  • Rail journey
  • Münster

Info and service for the bike tour

Here we keep you up to date on what you can experience on your bike tour.

Münster Castle

  • Outdoor area: open
  • Botanical Garden: open
  • Guided tours possible again under certain conditions
  • Castle Garden Café: open

Hülshoff Castle

  • Outdoor area: open
  • Museum: open
  • Gastronomy: open

Rüschhaus House

  • Outdoor area: open
  • Museum open as part of a guided tour
  • NEW: Digital, virtual tour of the house with VR glasses, Thu-Sun 12:00 h - 17:00 h

Further gastronomy along the route:
Restaurant Hotel Hüerländer
Twerenfeldweg 4, 48161 Münster (just before Haus Rüschhaus)
Bourgeois cuisine and regional specialities, additional activities: Beer garden, miniature golf, petting zoo

Hotel Tip:

The"Hotel Central" is located in the centre of Münster. The most important sights and the countless shops are only a few steps away. The ideal starting point for conquering the city.

The Factory Hotel combines modernity and history in a most successful way. The urban style, exciting contrasts and exceptional restaurants characterise your accommodation in Münster.

Picnic ideas for your bike tour

Your journey

On this cycling tour you can arrive in an environmentally friendly way using public transport. In this case, the ideal starting point for the circular tour is Münster Castle, which is only 10 minutes away by bike from Münster Central Station and can be easily reached via the promenade.

If you are travelling by car , we recommend starting the circular tour at Haus Rüschhaus. This can be reached in a few minutes via the A1 motorway | Münster-Nord exit in the direction of Gronau/Steinfurt. A free car park is located in the immediate vicinity of Haus Rüschhaus.

Alternative parking spaces:

  • Häger railway station Park & Ride: 14 spaces - free of charge
  • Hülshoff Castle: approx. 100 parking spaces - free of charge
  • Schlossplatz Münster car park: subject to a charge - 12 euros per day
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