The Landscape

Twente is blessed with a unique landscape and a special past. Hard to believe, but there was a time when Twente didn't even exist. Millions of years ago this was a sea ruled by whales and sharks. The area has changed over the years. Small fields used to be surrounded by hay meadows, damp heaths, wetlands and fens. Winding streams cut through the land. Now it's a romantic bocage landscape with a patchwork of woods, farmland, babbling brooks and hedgerows. Historic farms with black and white shutters indicate that you have arrived at the largest privately owned country estate in the Netherlands. Twickel Estate, nearly seven centuries old and 4,500 acres. Centrally located amongst forests, nature reserves and farmland, boasts the imposing Twickel Castle with its famous gardens where dozens of orange trees have grown and bloomed for centuries. The landscape of Twente deviates from the typical Dutch scene and that is what makes the area so beautiful.

Forests and Heaths

Estates and Heritage

Swamps and Peatlands

Rivers and Streams

Bike with us

Virtual cycling in Twente and Twickel

Route map

Start and finish near bike node 76 on the Langestraat in Delden. However, this bike route is a circular tour, so it offers the possibility to start from any of the following bike nodes.

76 - 4 - 3 - 11 - 10 - 12 - 6 - 5 - 39 - 28 - 1 - 31 - 73 - 72 - 92 - 67 - 62 - 64 - 70 - 69 - 74 - 76

Elevation meters