On the "Pure Nature" cycle tour between Borken and Rhede you can forget everyday life, take a deep breath and perhaps also get to know some new places. Calming nature experiences as well as interesting historical buildings await you on a route of approx. 52 km. You can admire them from a distance or make a longer stop there - it's up to you. This circular tour is also a culinary delight: there are many authentic places along the way that invite you to take a break.
You start leisurely at Haus Pröbsting/Pröbstingsee. After a short stretch along the beautiful cycle path, the first stately home in Rhede awaits you:
Here are a few facts about its history: 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. A stately manor house was built in the Renaissance style. In 1850, the princely family zu Salm-Salm acquired the estate, which still serves as their residence today. In addition, the Salm administration and a museum worth seeing are now located there. Myths, stories and a legend bear witness to the exciting history of the building: It is said that the spirit of the noblewoman can still be seen in the tower today. You might discover him during a leisurely walk on the grounds ...
Recommended places to take a break before continuing on to Rhede:
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, moreover, it is also ideal for jogging, cycling and walking. Spacious sunbathing benches and unique views of the lake invite you to linger.
The Pröbstingsee is the perfect place to end the day. Park your bike and take a look around. Whether you want to unwind at the kiosk on the beautiful outdoor terrace, enjoy the picnic you brought with you or watch the sunset over the water: no matter what you have in mind, treat yourself to a little time out and enjoy the holiday feeling in nature!
If you prefer to travel by e-bike, you can simply rent a bike from Stadtwerke Mietfiets. In this case, the starting point of your bike tour would be the city centre of Borken. The nearest charging stations are located at the indoor and outdoor swimming pool (Heideweg 59, 46414 Rhede), at the Eiscafé Adria (Bahnhofstraße 26, 46414 Rhede) and at the Seniorenzentrum Azurit (Rudolf-Diesel-Straße 2, 46414 Rhede).
Not all offers and services along the cycle route are fully available yet. Here we keep you up to date on what you can experience on your cycle tour.
Döring House and Döring Mill
Pröbsting House and Pröbsting Lake
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.
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.