Trail Riding | Experience the Münsterland
Trail riding in the heart of Westphalia. Known for its castles and equestrian sports, the Münsterland is also becoming increasingly important in catering to the needs of recreational and trail riders. With the Münsterland Riding Route, there is a network of bridleways that makes it possible to ride through the entire Münsterland.
With various riding routes criss-crossing the entire Münsterland, it is possible for regional riders and riding travellers to get to know this diverse corner of Germany or simply to experience a beautiful, relaxing ride. The section in the district of Warendorf significantly expands the Münsterland network of bridleways, also because this section is connected to the bridleway networks of the city of Hamm and the district of Soest.
Horse riders can enjoy the much-mentioned park landscape of the Münsterland – fields, meadows, forests and small hedgerows determine the picture here, with its famous castles and especially water castles. The Beckumer Berge, the geographical centre of North Rhine-Westphalia area, offer wonderful views of the Münsterland, and if you ride further towards Wadersloh, you can catch the impressive sight of Crassenstein Castle. Catering and sometimes also accommodation for horse and rider is provided by the riding stations, such as, to name just two examples, at Ahlener Haus Küchen, a former knight’s estate – now a riding facility.
A few detours to scenic highlights are worthwhile: Zwillbrocker Venn, near the Netherlands, west of Vreden, with what is probably the most northerly flamingo colony; Westruper Heide with bizarre juniper bushes and its ericaceous blossom in Haltern am See. Numerous castles and palaces invite you to visit and offer accommodation and refreshment. For friends of tastefully and opulently designed rooms, Wilkinghege Castle is a luxurious hideaway for a night or a menu in the hotel’s own restaurant. In Ostbevern, the Habichtshof with its beautiful country café in the ambience of a typical Westphalian farmstead invites you to take a break for horse and rider – here you can enjoy authentic Westphalian food. Homemade baked goods are served in the lovely farm café. Hotel rooms or holiday flats for riders plus horse stables on the neighbouring farm are offered by the Landhotel Aust in Warendorf.
Once in Warendorf, equestrian and horse enthusiasts can visit the NRW State Stud with its affiliated German Riding School and the DOKR (German Olympic Committee for Equestrianism). Nearby in Münster, there is the the Westphalian Horse Museum with its informative and exciting permanent exhibition on the cultural history of horses and equestrianism. The Merfelder Bruch near Dülmen and its herd of wild horses is a spectacular natural place to visit. The herd of Dülmen wild horses is at home in the reserve, which was established in the 19th century on approximately 360 hectares of land. From Dülmen, an approximately 15 km long bridle path leads to Haltern am See.
Further information on the Münsterland Riding Route and the entire network of bridleways:
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