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Getreidefeld auf der Genussroute, © Münsterland e.V.

The Nat­ur­Genuss­Route


The per­fect com­bin­a­tion for cyc­ling gour­mands in Mün­ster­land

The “Nat­ur­Genuss­Route” in Mün­ster­land provides the per­fect com­bin­a­tion of idyll­ic cyc­ling coun­try and re­gion­al del­ic­acies for cyc­ling gour­mands.

Mün­ster­land, with its vivid green mead­ows and pas­tures, sparse  copses and pretty hedgerows, does not just provide a feast for the eyes. It is also known for its many culin­ary del­ic­acies, which are best en­joyed in the re­gion it­self, wheth­er bought fresh from a farm­ers? mar­ket or lov­ingly pre­pared by a chef.

The best way to com­bine the two is to cycle the 160-kilo­metre-long ?Nat­ur­Genuss­Route? (Nature and Culin­ary En­joy­ment Route) set up by the nature con­ser­va­tion centre NABU Naturs­chutz­sta­tion Mün­ster­land. This cycle path con­nects idyll­ic park­land with re­laxed res­taur­ants, farm­house cafés and farm shops selling re­gion­al ve­get­ables, meat or even fruit, some of which is or­gan­ic­ally pro­duced. There is plenty to tempt the taste buds, from a hearty steak sourced from the Ems pas­ture­lands, sum­mer-sweet apple juice from the mead­ow orch­ards along the cycle path­way, and sweet treats like bread and honey or even poppy chocol­ate. Buy­ing any of this pro­duce from the NABU centre or from farm shops not only guar­an­tees that you are get­ting top qual­ity, but that you will also be sup­port­ing loc­al farm­ers and nature con­ser­va­tion pro­jects.

NABU of­fers guided tours

Since the culin­ary ex­per­i­ence by it­self provides just half the en­joy­ment, NABU of­fers a se­lec­tion of guided tours along the Nat­ur­Genuss­Route, in­clud­ing the ?Tischlein-deck-Dich-Tour? (Wish­ing Table Tour) through the Dav­ert, one of the largest con­tinu­ous for­es­ted areas in the West­phali­an Bay and as a European nat­ur­al her­it­age area the home of many rare plant and an­im­al spe­cies. The roughly 30-kilo­metre-long round tour passes through idyll­ic oak woods and bog forests, tran­quil clear­ings and the last area of heath in the re­gion. Par­ti­cipants will also hear ex­cit­ing le­gends and stor­ies at myth-steeped loc­a­tions and ex­per­i­ence culin­ary sur­prises along the way, with a de­li­cious menu round­ing off the tour.

Some­what short­er, but no less in­ter­est­ing, is the ?Ein ro­mantisches Pick­nick in der Heide? (a ro­mantic pic­nic in the heath) tour. This takes in the small is­lands in the Rie­s­elfeld­er Mün­ster bird sanc­tu­ary, where a won­der­ful ex­ample of heath­land is pre­served. The Ben­theimer Land­schaf sheep are play­ing an act­ive role in this pre­ser­va­tion, en­sur­ing that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will be able to en­joy the ori­gin­al nat­ur­al land­scape. This en­dangered breed grazes in the heath, thus pre­vent­ing the in­va­sion of non-nat­ive plants and the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of dead plant parts. Those who com­plete the 18-kilo­metre-long tour will be re­war­ded with a typ­ic­al heath­land spe­ci­al­ity: a de­li­cious bil­berry pan­cake or tender Ben­theimer lamb.

www.nat­ur­genuss­route.de

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Be inspired: images of your NRW

Auf Entdeckungstour, © Münsterland e.V.
Getreidefeld auf der Genussroute, © Münsterland e.V.
Aussicht in die Auenlandschaft, © Münsterland e.V.
Pferd auf einer Weide in der Nähe von Ladbergen, © Münsterland e.V.

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