The Ems is the largest river in the Münsterland. The “Emsauenweg” (“Ems Floodplain Route”) from Warendorf to Rheine was opened in 2004. It links the two old Hanseatic towns of Warendorf and Telgte along its route.
The municipal museum in the historical town centre of Warendorf is not housed in one place but in four different historical buildings. The museum gives an authentic impression of the way the people of the town lived and worked in the past. Besides a stroll through the old town, it is worth visiting the State Stud of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was founded by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia in 1826. The stud is still the main centre of successful horse breeding and skilled riding tuition in Westphalia.
The Emsauenweg between Telgte and Warendorf passes by various places of interest, e.g. the Kottruper Seen (lakes), where exceptional archaeological finds have been transformed artistically into a “Landschaftsregal” (Landscape Shelf). Another interesting spot is the small, typical Münsterland village of Einen, where the visitor can stop off for a small break at the Heimathaus (Heritage House).
When it reaches Telgte, the Emsauenweg passes through the large Emsauenpark, which was created on either side of the Ems as a semi-natural park in the 1980s and 1990s. The grave mound which was created here in 2004 is a reference to Bronze Age settlement along the river Ems.
The centre of the small town of Telgte is formed by the historical market square and the “Telgter Dreiklang” (“Telgte Trio”) of church, chapel and heritage museum. Telgte is a popular starting point for cycling tours of the Münsterland.