100 Castles Route Münsterland

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Cycling in Muensterland
Cycling in Muensterland

[ source: www.muensterland-tourismus.de ]

Getting on a bike and exploring Münsterland via the 100 Castles Route is a perfect way to spin your wheels. The flat landscape is perfect for individuals and families looking to comfortably explore their surroundings, but also offers something for those looking for a challenge. Along the way explore the many beautiful castles, palaces and parks. An all together 2,800 miles, uniformly signed, intricate network weaves its way throughout the entire Münsterland region. This well-designed infrastructure was planned with an eye to the needs of bicyclists. Integrated in this network are a number of themed bicycle routes.

The undoubted queen among Münsterland's bicycle routes is the 100 Castles Route

This famous and very beautiful all together 600 miles long route network connects the region's more than 100 moated castles with each other. The 100 Castles Route has been awarded with four stars as a quality route by the ADFC. This means that you will not only cycle through a picturesque landscape but will also enjoy the best service possible: from up-to-date maps to a friendly bike service you will find anything you need.

Off the busy roads, the 100 Castles Route leads through the green parkland environment of Münsterland. Pasture land and meadows, fields and hedge banks set the scene for this rather flat landscape. Right in the middle of it you will find the real treasures of Münsterland: picturesque castles and palaces with impressive gardens and parks, telling stories of former lordly times. Some castles are still inhabited by their owners; others are home to stylish hotels or museums. Cycling along this route also always means time traveling through the history of Münsterland's building culture, where each epoch left its traces.

The 100 Castles Route offers 4 different Loop Routes

The Northern Route with around 190 miles, Southern Route with around 130 miles, Western Route with around 193 miles and the Eastern Route with around 150 miles. Each of these routes has specific characteristics. The Southern Route for example is slightly hilly near Nottuln, Billerbeck (Billerbeck vacation rentals | Billerbeck travel guide) and Havixbeck and is packed with historically important examples of architecture: Schloss Nordkirchen, Burg Vischering and Burg Hülshoff are just a few examples. The Western Route is mostly flat, therefore very suitable for families with smaller children. A gorgeous landscape awaits you near Haltern (Haltern vacation rentals | Haltern travel guide) am See, impressive castles in Ahaus (Ahaus vacation rentals | Ahaus travel guide), Raesfeld (Raesfeld vacation rentals | Raesfeld travel guide) and Isselburg (Isselburg vacation rentals | Isselburg travel guide) and lively cities like Coesfeld (Coesfeld vacation rentals | Coesfeld travel guide), Borken (Borken vacation rentals | Borken travel guide) and Bocholt (Bocholt vacation rentals | Bocholt travel guide) are the special attractions of this route. Horses are omnipresent in the famous parkland landscape of eastern Münsterland. They play an important role, especially in the capital of horses, the city of Warendorf (Warendorf vacation rentals | Warendorf travel guide) where the North-Rhine Westphalian State Stud Farm is located. Along the Lippe and Stever leg of the 100 Castles Tour you will discover the UN designated heritage site Schloss Nordkirchen, the defensive medieval castle of Burg Vischering, and picturesque villages with their wattle and daub architecture - and rest assured - wherever you go, you will be greeted with a warm welcome!

For more information about the Muensterland's 100 Castles Route, see [ source: muensterland-tourismus.de ]

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Monika Petra

This travel guide has been written by Monika Petra.

In her own words: When children are born they receive certain gifts to put them to good use or not. In my cradle there must have been at least music and the curiosity for the world we live in. Luckily I could combine those gifts eventually. My live as a jazz vocalist guided me to see and experience many places in Germany and far beyond. As in my music I like to dive in the historical background of given facts, simply to understand the present. During my travel, my circles got wider and wider and since many years I am now living in Thailand, very interesting to say the least. I grew up in Paderborn, lived and studied Jazz in Cologne's Musikhochschule and worked a while in Bayreuth and Kulmbach. My travels throughout Germany took me to all major cities and small towns. It was the people and local differences, be it language, food, traditions and customs, which made it a lot of fun. When finally the wall came down, I was one of those in Berlin posing on the rests of it for the camera. Off course I took the first opportunity to rediscover the new but old states of Germany and finally understood the impact the wall had on all Germans and in regards to the worst part in German history. Being a German living abroad, I discovered in years what I value most about Germany. Rest assured it is a country of rich cultural background still alive today. I visit my home country regularly and stay in touch with my friends, even those back from school. Another thing I always felt passionate about is writing and sharing my experience and thoughts. The internet provides us all with a great opportunity to connect, tell stories, read and learn from others and grow as a global community.

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