The Landscape

In the picturesque Hof van Twente region, you'll find Markelo, one of the oldest villages in Twente, surrounded by elevated farmlands and five distinctive hills. Thanks to this unique topography, Markelo is affectionately known as the "Village of the Five Hills." From the hilltops, you can enjoy breathtaking views of areas frequented by hunters and gatherers around 13,000 years ago. The presence of historical burial mounds, impressive castles, magnificent manor houses, extensive estates, striking war memorials, and an archaeological nature reserve with the largest juniper grove in the Netherlands not only evokes a nostalgic feeling but also transports you on a fascinating journey into the past.

Forests and Heaths

Estates and Heritage

Polders and Farmlands

Hills and Valleys

Bike with us

Virtual cycling in Ice Age Landscape of Hof van Twente

Route map

Start and finish near bike node 9 on the Borkeldweg in Markelo. However, this bike route is a circular tour, so it offers the possibility to start from any of the following bike nodes.

9 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 36 - 41 - 70 - 40 - 38 - 37 - 47 - 31 - 27 - 13 - 11 - 98 - 9

Elevation meters