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Vechte Valley Route/art trail (kunstwegen) - Through an ‘outdoor gallery’ to the Netherlands

This cycle tour twists and turns through the beautiful valley of the Vechte river to the Dutch province of Overijssel. And between Ohne in Germany and Zwolle in the Netherlands it offers art on the kunstwegen.

This cross-border project is an extensive open-air museum of modern art with a huge range of exhibits. It runs through forests and along the banks of the river, through areas of marshland, fields and meadows, and past areas of woodland. Ahead of you lie pretty little farmsteads and enchanting towns. After Ohne, more than 80 installations unite art, nature and history and draw the eye of passing cyclists. The raumsichten project is using landscape and planning as the themes for other works of art that continue to the North Rhine-Westphalian border, offering a tour full of surprises.

Terrain: about half the paths are asphalt; all others are either paved, on gravel or surfaced with crushed brick/stone. The route is mainly flat; the outdoor artworks begin at Ohne.

Scenery: the route runs along the banks of the Vechte river. Gentle hills in the first section, followed by level agricultural land. Towns in the county of Bentheim and the Overijssel Salland region of the Netherlands.

  • Length: 263 km (kunstwegen: 150 km)
  • Starts: Darfeld (kunstwegen: Ohne)
  • Ends: Zwolle (Netherlands)
  • Nordhorn 56 km | Lingen 68 km
  • About the route: mainly flat, easily managed by children

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