Grafschaft-Bentheim-Route, © Grafschaft Bentheim Tourismus / Rudi Schubert
© Grafschaft Bentheim Tourismus / Rudi Schubert

County of Bentheim


The County of Bentheim is situated in the west of Lower Saxony, and lies on the border with the Netherlands. Sweeping heath and moorland dominate the landscape in the north of the county, whereas the south is known for its gently rolling hills. Bentheim Castle stands at 90 metres above sea level. It is one of the largest and most northern hill castles in north-west Germany.
The largest town in the County of Bentheim is Nordhorn. With its 50,000 residents, the town is one of the most bicycle-friendly places in Germany, and, in fact, the most bicycle-friendly spot in Lower Saxony.
Visitors can tour the region on two wheels on the roughly 1,200 kilometres of developed bike trails or with two feet on 320 kilometres of signposted walking routes. Alternatively, visitors can go on a horse ride and relax as they travel from place to place.
Explore the water town of Nordhorn by boat in the summer months or enjoy buckwheat pancakes – one of the region’s delicacies – after a casual stroll through the city centre.
There is also plenty for nature and art lovers to do in the County of Bentheim as the region boasts diverse art and cultural offerings. For instance, visitors can marvel at the open-air art exhibition, which is perfect for touring by bike. Not to mention the many other museums, churches, theatres and mills the county has to offer.

Highlights

Burg Bentheim, © Grafschaft Bentheim Tourismus e.V./ Rudi Schubert
© Grafschaft Bentheim Tourismus e.V./ Rudi Schubert

Bentheim Castle


Bentheim Castle is widely considered one of the oldest and most impressive castles in north-western Germany

Cyclists, © Emsland Touristik / Marcus Gloger
© Emsland Touristik / Marcus Gloger

Natur Park Moor - Veenland


The Natur Park Moor - Veenland offers an absolutely unique ecosystem - the moor.

kunstwegen-Vechtetalroute, © Kunstobjekt "No Peep Hole" auf der Radtour kunstwegen-Vechtetalroute
© Kunstobjekt "No Peep Hole" auf der Radtour kunstwegen-Vechtetalroute

“Kunstwegen” art trails: Vechtetalroute


  • Type of tour: Straight-course tour
  • Tour length: 228km
  • Highest point: 107m

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Mills in Grafschaft Bentheim


Once, hundreds of windmills and watermills stood in the German-Dutch border region around Grafschaft Bentheim. The history of mills in Grafschaft Bentheim is closely linked to the Counts of Bentheim: nearly every single mill in the country was once controlled by the nobility. In recent years, a number of these historic buildings have been carefully restored and some are again in full working condition.

Dagit


On the border of Grafschaft Bentheim, the Dutch province of Drenthe and Emsland lies the International Natur Park Moor - Veenland. This unspoilt landscape, shaped by moors and bogs, has remained practically unchanged for centuries, although traces can still be found of the people who first populated the area.

The “Dynamic Audio-Geo Information System for Tourists (DAGIT)” lets you immerse yourself in the rich natural history of this landscape while you ‘explore’ it by car. Three routes with different thematic focuses guide motorists safely and easily through this formerly impassable area. The pioneer trail “Moor/Veen” leads you across 99 kilometres of former raised bogs, the Bourtanger Moor. In the mid-19th century, this was the site of the largest peat cutting industry in the Netherlands.

Discover the Dutch towns of Emmen, Coevorden and Nieuw Amsterdam.

Bentheim Sandstone


In the sunlight it glows yellow, occasionally with red streaks. Little wonder that this stone was also known as Bentheim Gold, mainly on account of its colour, but also because the people of Bentheim earned a lot of money with their sandstone. Geologists differentiate between the lighter-coloured Gildehaus sandstone and the reddish-brown Bentheim sandstone (the colour variations are caused by the iron content of the stone).

Since the middle ages, master builders have used Bentheim sandstone to build churches and other important structures, including the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, the theatre and the cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, the catholic church in Århus, the city hall in Münster and – last but not least – Bentheim Castle. The latter is the largest building made of Bentheim sandstone.

One of the oldest sandstone sculptures is the “Herrgott of Bentheim”, a 2.45m high, free-standing statue depicting Jesus on the cross. It was carved in the 11th century from a block of sandstone and today stands in the inner courtyard of Bentheim Castle. In Bad Bentheim visitors can discover a wealth of fascinating facts about Bentheim Gold in the Sandstone Museum.

Impressions

Grafschaft Bentheim Tourismus e.v.

van-Delden-Str. 1-7
48529 Nordhorn
Phone: +49 (0) 5921 / 961196

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