Discover the region by bike
An extended hike or cycle ride are probably the most pleasant ways to explore and experience Halle on your own.
The network of cycle paths in Halle is attractive and varied. You can choose from:
... local circuits on the ‘Halle Cloverleaf’ route
... regional thematic circular routes ‘Noblesse Oblige’ and ‘From Heart to Heart’
... long distance cycling path ‘Teuto-Senne’ route
Flat stretches in the south of the town are just right for a leisurely tour. The hills of the Teutoburg Forest are a bit more challenging. If you are looking for something longer, choose the 160-kilometre Teuto-Senne route long-distance cycle path. It connects the towns of Paderborn and Osnabrück and offers many entry options around Halle.
‘Haller Kleeblatt’ (‘Halle Cloverleaf’) Route
This cycle route is called the Cloverleaf route because it consists of four routes laid out in the form of clover leaves. The tours are signposted in the clockwise direction with the names HW 1, HW 2, HW 3 and HW 4. They all begin and end at the cycle station at Halle train station and run along the municipal boundaries around Halle.
You can cycle these routes individually or connect the routes with each other to follow a long circuit on the outskirts of Halle.
The tours are well signposted and lead along quiet roads and good cycle paths. The routes HW 1, HW 2 and HW 3 lead over flat, easy routes. If you would like something more sporty, choose route HW4. However, this scenic route along the southern slope of the Teutoburg Forest requires a little more muscle power.
‘Adel verpflichtet’ (‘Noblesse Oblige’) Route
This tour begins in Halle at the Baroque moated castle of Tatenhausen, leads past Holtfeld Castle with its magnificent Weser Renaissance façade through the hills of Ravensberg to the gingerbread town of Borgholzhausen. It continues along the moated castle of Brincke, through the historical centre of the Böckstiegel town of Werther (Westphalia) with a short ascent onto the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest and on down through the Egge hills to the linden town of Halle.
‘Von Herz zu Herz’ (‘From Heart to Heart’) Route
The starting point of this tour is the idyllic ensemble of half-timbered houses with its Romanesque church in the heart of Bockhorst. From here the tour continues past Bunte Mühle, through nostalgic Hörste with its enchanting village church, past the moated castle of Tatenhausen to the church square in the centre of Halle. This square is also referred to affectionately as the ‘Heart of Halle’ because the buildings around the church of St. John form a charming oval of half-timbered houses from the 16th to 19th century.
The BikeTrainTour Teuto-Senne is the shortest of our three BikeTrainTours, with approx. 160 kilometres. It starts in the historical city centre of Osnabrück, thus impressing right at the beginning with numerous historical buildings and splendid facades.
The Lower Saxon part of the tour fea-tures the Osnabrück region with its sce-nic landscapes of hills and valleys and the well-known health resorts Bad Rothenfelde and Bad Iburg in the Teuto-burg Forest.
When arriving at the lovely half-timbered village of Bockhorst you have already reached Gütersloh region with its amazing farmhouses and vibrant places like Halle/Westfalen, Steinhagen or Schloß Holte-Stuckenbrock. At the East -Westphalian town of Bielefeld the Sparrenburg -an ancient fortress- and the historic city centre are worthwhile visiting.
The Paderborn region around Hövelhof welcomes you with a completely different type of landscape: blooming heather, pine-scented forests and crystal-clear streams. And Paderborn itself the time-honoured cathedral city and modern university town is the marvellous end of this tour.