Protruding into the side of the Netherlands in north-west Germany is the Grafschaft Bentheim district. Along the banks of the small but historically important Vechte river and it’s numerous canals, you will find medieval towns topped by great castles and protected within ancient city walls.
Grafschaft Bentheim Map
Towns & Villages in the Grafschaft Bentheim
The city of Bad Bentheim has been a successful market town through many centuries and the founding of the thermal brine and sulphur spas in the 1700’s, have made it a very popular destination for tourists. There is much to see during the day — and the Nachwächterrundgänge (a night-time tour of myths and legends) is an added bonus!
The Grafschaft Bentheim District touches Holland, and you’ll find the language and culture have blended well and Nordhorn is a great place to see the results. Grand Dutch manor houses fill the town with magnificent red-bricked properties and mills; a remnant of its prosperous textile past.
There are huge tracts of land and floodplains that are home to many birds and insects — including several rare species — and are great for nature watching. Other outdoor delights include the very western edge of the Teutoburg Forest and the smaller Egger Riese.