Burg Vischering, Münsterland, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


Cyc­ling, horse rid­ing and 100 castles

Münsterland is known as North Rhine-Westphalia’s park landscape and equestrian region. But the region need not only be explored on horseback; a network of hundreds of kilometres of cycle trails runs throughout the expansive, flat landscapes, with numerous castles, fortresses and the adjoining parks contributing to its idyllic appearance.

Wild horses Dülmen, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

A para­dise for cyc­lists and riders

Münsterland is a popular and well-known cycling region because the cycle tours can be divided into standardised honeycomb networks. So hobby cyclists can divide the long routes into comfortable day trips or short stages. Highlights of the region include the 100-Schlösser-Route (100 Castles Route) or the Flamingo Route. This leads to Zwillbrocker Venn, a nature conservation area inhabited by wild flamingos.

Münsterland is known as an equestrian region primarily because of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Stud in Warendorf. Visitors particularly love the Warendorf Stallion Parade and the Symphony of the Stallions, where the most beautiful animals show off their abilities. The Münsterland equestrian region also offers other four-legged favourites with the public, who do not appear in sporting circles but rather in the heart of nature: Hohe Mark Westmünsterland Nature Park is home to almost 400 wild horses who are, for the most part, left to their own devices. The annual wild horse round-up attracts many visitors, when the herd is driven down the wild horse trail to Merfelder Bruch in Dulmen, in order to round-up the one-year-old stallions.

Blick auf das historische Rathaus in Münster., © Tourismus NRW e.V.

His­tor­ic­al Mün­ster

In the heart of the park landscapes and between the pristine forest and moorland areas of Münsterland, visitors can stroll around small towns with historical town centres. The biggest city in the region is Münster. Here, there are twice as many bicycles as inhabitants. The many green areas and the Aasee lake, the old town with its cathedral and the Prinzipalmarkt as well as the Prince Bishop's Castle make the university city as picturesque as it is liveable.

  • St. Lamberti Münster aus Sicht des Prinzipalmarktes, © Ralph Sondermann, Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Reiten in der Münsterländer Parklandschaft, © Matthias Duschner
    Burg Vischering im Münsterland, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
  • Wildgehege Wildpferde auf der Wiese, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Schloss Nordkirchen im Münsterland, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Oliver Franke
    Münsterland Bauernhof, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Oliver Franke

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