The idyllic Achterhoek

  • Germany
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Vreden
  • 56.17 km (Approximately 03:18 u)
  • Cycling route 335720

The idyllic Achterhoek

  • Germany
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Vreden
  • 56.17 km (Approximately 03:18 u)
  • Cycling route 335720

A day of cycling through the Achterhoek equals a lot of nature, many sights and a lot of hospitality. You can already see the first beautiful church at the beginning of the route: the baroque Saint Francis Church from 1720.

Picturesque Fortified Towns
The route leads you through picturesque old fortified towns such as Bredevoort and Groenlo. In Meddo there is a boulder weighing 38,000 kilograms at the canteen of the local football club. The specimen at the old town hall of Winterswijk, which was also found in Meddo, weighs 43,000 kilos: it is the largest boulder in the Netherlands. Just outside Winterswijk you will soon pass the Oliemölle, a former double watermill from the fourteenth century on the course of the Boven-Slinge. A lovely place to take a good look.

National Landscape Winterswijk
In Bredevoort you can take a break with a coffee and cake or lunch at the cozy Hotel Restaurant Betam. Then you cycle further through National Landscape Winterswijk, a semi-open bocage landscape of meandering streams, hedgerows and authentic Saxon farms. It will take you little effort to switch back here and recharge the battery. You can also do this at Hotel Restaurant Kloppendiek, where you can enjoy typical Westphalian hospitality and a good night's sleep.

Zwillbrock is an ideal base for walking and cycling enthusiasts. The roughened marsh of the Zwillbrocker Venn is one of the oldest nature reserves in Germany. Remarkable: this is the northernmost breeding area for flamingos in Europe, you can spot them between March and June. Opposite Hotel Restaurant Kloppendiek is the St. Francis Church from 1720. It is the best preserved Baroque church in Münsterland. The church had a number of predecessors, such as a chapel built of sods. Zwillbrock was one of the German missions just across the border at a time when Dutch Catholics were not allowed to hold masses in their own country. Kloppendiek was the name of the road where unmarried Roman Catholic women (called taps) from Groenlo used to walk to Zwillbrock's church. Would you like to enjoy the landscape in the Achterhoek even longer? Cycle the routes 334642, 162605 and 162606. Or walk the route 335718 and 334643.


# Description Distance
Hotel Restaurant Kloppendiek (Zwillbrocker Straße, 48691, Vreden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) 0.00 km
56 (Prozessionsweg, 48691, Vreden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) 0.38 km
21 (48691, Vreden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) 2.02 km
48 (Zwilbroekseweg, 7104BS, Winterswijk, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 3.68 km
48 (Zwilbroekseweg, 7104BS, Winterswijk, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 3.99 km
23 (7104AH, Winterswijk, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 4.77 km

Pause places

Hotel Restaurant Kloppendiek

Zwillbrocker Straße 8
48691 Vreden

Hotel Restaurant Kloppendiek is located just across the border in Germany in Zwillbrock. Explore the beautiful landscape along the border of the Netherlands and Germany and the Zwillbrocker Venn nature reserve. You can easily reach the Achterhoek from the hotel, but you can also choose to walk or cycle in Westmunsterland. The northernmost breeding ground for flamingos is located in Zwillbrock. So you've come to the right place if you want to spot flamingos in their natural environment. After a nice walk or bike ride you can relax in the cozy beer garden of the hotel or take a seat in the restaurant and enjoy Westphalian hospitality. The menu consists of hearty Westphalian dishes and the ingredients for these meals largely come from our own region. After a filling meal you can relax in one of the comfortable rooms or in an apartment. A romantic weekend away with your partner, an adventurous family holiday or just a short break with a snack and a drink, Hotel Restaurant Kloppendiek has you covered.


Molen van Sellink (romp/restant)

7104 AM Winterswijk

The Sellink Mill used to be a flour mill. The mill body is round stone belt mill type. The mill is still owned by the Sellink family.

De Olliemölle - Watermolen Den Helder

7102EH Winterswijk

A former fourteenth-century double water mill on the course of the Upper Slinge. The watermill has recently been refurbished.


7109 AH Winterswijk

The belt mill was built in 1851 and completed restored in 1989. It was the first windmill in Winterswijk to be completely restored.

Barokkerk Zwillbrock

48691 Vreden

Opposite the Barokkerk is Hotel-Restaurant Kloppendiek, named after the oak avenue. During the Eighty Years' War, the Roman Catholic faithful reached the church in Zwillbrocker Venn via this lane. The practice of this faith was forbidden for decades in the Protestant Netherlands. By knocking on the door they warned each other that it was time to go to mass.

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