In what’s known as Münsterland is the tiny little 9th century town of Reken, located on the romantic “100 Schlösser Route” (just filled with the most beautiful castles and mansions). Reken’s also close to the border of the Netherlands and easily accessible by bus, and two train stations.
No matter how you get here, you’re bound to enjoy the countryside since everything here just beckons you to come outside and play.
In addition to the 100 Schlösser Route, there’s a 100 km Nordic Walking trail (with 6 levels of difficulty) that takes you along past some of Reken’s local history. You’ll go right along to the Old Windmill, which is the town’s landmark, and the old Forest Chapel (called Eremitage).
If you prefer something at a slower pace there are many walking trails, in addition to countless bicycle trails and horseback riding routes. If all that doesn’t keep you occupied in the great outdoors, there’s an 18 hole golf course and an outdoor pool, to boot.
You nature lovers are going to think that the Nature Park Hohe Mark is pure heaven with plenty of camping facilities nearby to really be “one with nature” within the Münsterland.
For more cerebral pursuits, the Rekenforum is where to go for any number of theater performances, comedy acts, musical concerts.
Interestingly enough, the former Parish Church Simon and Judas is now a museum filled with old religious artwork, starting with the building’s Roman beginnings. The museum boasts plenty of art and architecture from the 13th to 18th centuries, and its mid 17th century alter is just stunning, to say the least.
In a bit of religious revelry, Reken’s Karnevalsumzug is a huge Mardi Gras celebration celebrated right before Ash Wednesday. For local customs, music, and delicious food, Reken’s Folk Festival is exactly the right place to be. And the town’s NuNoise Festival is supposed to be really loud, so don’t forget your earplugs. ;-)