Cycling in the countryside with historical and culinary highlights
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Your bike tour for a day
Pure nature

Pure nature

The "pure nature" cycle tour between Borken and Rhede is a fantastic circular tour of approx. 52 kilometres, equipped with many highlights, both for many new (historical) impressions and for relaxation, peace and enjoyment. All along the route, you will pass delicious gastronomic delights such as ice cream, pizza, coffee and much more. There is something for everyone here.

Let's go

You start at Haus Pröbsting/Pröbstingsee. Get on your bikes and off you go! After a short stretch along the beautiful cycle path, the first major highlight of this tour awaits you in Rhede:

Rhede moated castle

After the then "Borg" of Rhede was destroyed, the castle was allowed to be rebuilt opposite with permission from the Bishop of Münster in 1426. It became a stately manor house and was rebuilt in Renaissance style. In 1850, the Salm-Salm princely family acquired the castle and it still serves as their residence today. In addition, it now houses the Salm administration and a museum well worth seeing. Myths, stories and a legend tell of the exciting history of the building: The ghost of the noblewoman is said to still be in the tower today. See if you can catch him ...

St. Gudula

From here it is only a stone's throw to the next witness: 400 metres further on, the former St. Gudula monastery is waiting for you to take a look. This was the site of the first fortified castle in the 13th century, before it was destroyed and rebuilt. Today it is home to the Akademie-Klausenhof. From here it's a few metres further to Rhede's landmark: the neo-Gothic parish church of St. Gudula. The Romanesque baptismal font and a wooden statue of St. Gudula are still preserved from around 1520.

Around the mighty church are numerous restaurants and cafés that give the place a great atmosphere.

Pleasure on the tour

Recommended places to take a break before continuing on to Rhede:

  • Restaurant 1-25
  • Ice cream Café Adria
  • Tinto Fino
  • Coffee spot
  • Aunt Änne

Vardingholter Venn-Entenschlatt

Vardingholt Fens
© August Sühling

But now you can get back on your bikes, because here comes one of the two longest sections of this tour. From the parish church out of Rhede and through the Münsterland farming communities towards Burlo. Here you have the opportunity to take a relaxing break at Gasthof Café Kamps. With its large beer garden, children's playground, quiet location and charging station for e-bikes, it is a worthwhile stop on your tour. Treat yourself to a drink, relax in the idyllic atmosphere and ride on refreshed.

Watch out! Now you'll pass the Burlo Vardingholter Venn-Entenschlatt - a high moor nature reserve whose origins go back some 4000 years. As soon as you reach Burlo, you can take a short break at the next stop ...

House Döring & Mill House Döring

The Döring house, to which the water mill also belongs, is an old "castle moth" and the origin of all Münsterland water castles. At that time, on the man-made hill, the inhabitants had a good view from the residential tower of the surrounding flat land when enemies attacked. Of course, the advantage of a river could not be ignored and so the water mill was built. After the Second World War, its operation was discontinued. Despite all the structural changes, the old structure of this site with its ramparts has been preserved quite well. Today, the house and the mill are listed buildings and privately owned. Therefore, a visit is only possible from the outside.

After the short stop, you return to the route and ride the last part of the route. Extensive meadows and fields as well as numerous farms and farmsteads line the route. Enjoy the views into the distance and the peace and quiet on your tour before you reach your destination:

Mariengarden Monastery

With its almost 800-year history, the Mariengarden Monastery is now an ensemble of monastery, guesthouse, grammar school and forum. For this reason, you will also find cosiness and silence here - just as you would expect in a monastery - but during the week it is rather lively.

Ready to move on? Then get back on your bikes, ride past the Klostersee lake and towards Borken. Green fields, wide meadows and farmland open up before you. Here and there you can discover small rivers. On this somewhat longer section you have the opportunity to take a break at the Café Jägerkrug restaurant. It is well equipped with home-style and Westphalian cuisine, homemade cakes, a beer garden, an outdoor terrace and an e-bike charging station. Freshly strengthened and just before the outskirts of the city, you pass the Neue Mühle Borken-Gemen and then follow a beautiful section along the Dörringbach. At some point we can make a small detour and see the Döring house and the mill:

Pröbsting House and Pröbsting Lake

Haus Pröbsting was first mentioned in a document in 1221 as a knight's manor before it became a walled moated castle. The complex is now privately owned and houses a clinic, but the inner courtyard is freely accessible.

Lake Pröbsting is located directly in front of Haus Pröbsting and is a beautiful recreational area. The lake, which covers more than 100,000 square metres, offers many possibilities: Pedal boats, paddle boats, rowing boats, kayaks and stand-up paddling boards are waiting at the jetty, and you will also meet a lot of joggers, walkers and cyclists here. Spacious benches and unique views of the lake invite you to linger.

Relaxation and enjoyment on the tour

The Pröbstingsee is a great way to end the day. Park your bikes and take a look around. Whether you want to relax at the kiosk on the beautiful outdoor terrace, enjoy the picnic you've brought with you or watch the sunset over the water: no matter what you're up to, treat yourself to a little time out here and enjoy the holiday feeling!

Your route | Pure nature

  • approx. 54 km
  • Circuit
  • easy
  • Day trip
  • Locks
  • Rail journey
  • Borken
  • Rhede
  • Burlo

Info & service for the bike tour

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

Rhede moated castle

  • Can only be visited from the outside.

Mariengarden Monastery

  • You are welcome to attend prayer times, masses and church services at any time.

Döring House and Döring Mill

  • Now privately owned and can therefore only be visited from the outside.

Pröbsting House and Pröbsting Lake

  • The house is now privately owned and can therefore only be visited from the outside.
  • The inner courtyard is freely accessible.
  • Recreational facilities are open.

Hotel tip:

Would you like to combine your cycling tour with an overnight stay in Borken? The Stadtotel Borken is only a few pedal turns away from the market square and the cycle paths.

Your journey

By bus
For this cycling tour, you can travel in an environmentally friendly way using public transport, as there is the option of reaching the lake by bus. The R51 line from Borken to Bocholt stops at "Borken-Hoxfeld, Haus Pröbsting". On Sundays and public holidays from 01.05.-31.10. the line also runs as a "FietsenBus" with bicycle trailer.

By car
On the B67 between Borken and Rhede, follow the signs to "Freizeitgelände Pröbsting", "Schlossklinik". There are plenty of parking spaces in front of the Schossklinik. You can also use the small car park just before the boathouse. There is plenty of parking space for bicycles directly at the boathouse. There is also a bicycle charging station and your battery can recharge for the (further) trip.

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