Leisure activities

It’s not only the charming heritage buildings and the interesting exhibitions and cultural events that attract visitors to the Bentlage recreation area. From walking and cycling to riding, angling and geocaching – Bentlage is an area full of things to discover and opportunities for relaxing!


Münsterland is bicycle land! Kloster Bentlage is a hub for several well-developed cycling routes and, with its delightful landscape, has a central position on the Ems Cycling Route which was named as “Cycling Route of the Year in NRW” in 2004.

Special discoveries on the banks of the Ems It’s always a special experience to follow a river from its source to its estuary on the open sea. There are practically no gradients on this 379 km tour, making the Ems Cycling Route ideal for families with children as well. Always in the direct vicinity of the River Ems, the route takes cyclists along tarmac secondary roads and cycle paths well away from heavy traffic.

The monastery Kloster Bentlage and the Saline Gottesgabe salt works are wonderful places for taking a break between the source and the estuary of Germany’s fifth-biggest river. The café has fine refreshments for the hungry and thirsty, while the museum and the exhibitions are worth taking a little more time for. In the guest houses, tired cyclists can look forward to attractive rooms with comfortable beds. We have been Bed and Bike certified since 2011!

Bicycle hire

From April to October bicycles and electric scooters can be hired at the Dreigiebelhaus in Salinenpark Rheine. Opening hours Tue - Sun 14:00 -18:00. Tel.: 05971-912 78 94

Further cycling routes passing through Rheine and Bentlage:


The stretch of the River Ems between Rheine and Salzbergen is an exciting canoeing area. A boat is a great way of discovering the delights of the landscape. One highlight is the hand-operated lock dating from the 19th century. Since May 2011 Kloster Bentlage has had its own canoe jetty, right by the monastery!

Münsterland Riding Route

The Gronau-Rheine subsection of the Münsterland Riding Route was completed on 1 May 2011. One special feature is an access path leading from Bentlage Forest straight to Kloster Bentlage. Here riders will find a paddock where they can safely leave their horses while visiting the café or an exhibition. You can find more information on the Münsterland Riding Route here.


The Ems is a challenging but also attractive angling area. Spinning anglers will find particularly good conditions in the stretches of running water when hunting for chub, perch and pike, but it’s worth trying for eels and bream as well. Barbel, brown trout are regularly caught around the Ems lock, while asp are not unknown either. Fly fishing is possible here as well. It is also permitted to fish from boats, although trolling is not allowed. The water is leased to the SAV Emsland angling club. Day tickets are available from Zoo Bendick, Salzbergenerstr. 93 in Rheine.

In the direct vicinity: the Naturzoo

Naturzoo Rheine is in the direct vicinity of the Kloster Bentlage estate.