At the castle pond of Raesfeld castle in the district of Borken, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Past palaces and castles

Cycle paths with stately high­lights

Unique palaces and castles turn cycling tours into a special experience as starting points, stopovers, or long-desired destinations alike. No matter if viewing them only from a distance, taking the time for an extended stop to visit museums and enjoy a lunchtime snack, or using the castle park as the perfect stop to relax for a little, these routes will take you to some of the most beautiful palaces and castles in your NRW.

View of the outdoor area of the restaurant of the Raesfeld Castle in Münsterland, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Castles, moated castles, and man­or houses

Out on the 100 Schlöss­er Route

If you can never get enough of palaces and castles, set out on the southern end of the 100 Schlösser Route (100 castles route). The shortest of four round tours, it still passes many palaces and castles with their beautiful parks and gardens, often at intervals of just a few kilometres.

Shot of Vischering Castle in Münsterland at sunset, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Palace and castle high­lights in the Mün­ster­land

Out on the small palace and castle tour

This route leads through forests and meadows to some of the most beautiful and famous castles and palaces in the Münsterland with the Renaissance-style Lüdinghausen Castle, Vischering Castle as the Münsterland museum with its “Horses and Knights” exhibition, the moated castle of Nordkirchen, also known as the Westphalian Versailles, and the moated castle of Westerwinkel with its English park.

Türnich Castle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Highest dens­ity of moated castles in Europe

Out on the Wasser­bur­gen-Route

The Wasserburgen-Route (moated castle route) has barely any gradient in the city triangle of Aachen, Cologne, and Bonn. Cyclists pass up to 120 moated castles along the route, with Satzvey Castle in Mechernich as a special highlight when a knights’ tournament that is famous far beyond the state borders is held here every year.

Cycling to Hovestadt Castle on the 100 Castles Route, © Münsterland e.V.

Three High­lights

Out on the Drei Schlöss­er Route

The Drei Schlösser Route (three-castles route) leads across the lush fields of the Soester Börde and the park landscape of the southern Münsterland, past the moated castles of Nehlen House, Assen Castle, and Hovestadt Castle. All of them were built in the Lipperenaissance style in the late 16th century. Hovestadt Castle also has an enchanting park set out as a French garden for its visitors.

Schloss Berleburg in bad Berleburg in Siegen-Wittgenstein, © Sascha Huettenhain, Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein

A roy­al view

Out on the “No­bil­ity in the 21st cen­tury” route

This tour takes cyclists through the upper town of Berleburg and into the royal forests, providing several opportunities for unique views. A visit to Berleburg Castle, inhabited by the same family for the last 750 years, is a special highlight. Visitors can marvel at royal apartments and take a stroll in the castle park.

  • View of Vischering Castle in Münsterland from the shore, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    View of the castle Drachenburg in Königswinter from the frog perspective, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    View of the wall of Vischering Castle in Münsterland from the perspective of a frog, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
  • Türnich Castle on the Erft Cycle Route, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Loersfeld Castle in the Rhine-Erft district in long shot, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Exterior view of the chapel and the park in front of Vischering Castle in Münsterland, © Tourismus NRW e.V.